Ok. So......here is my surgery update:
I went in this morning very nervous about what will happen at the end of this surgery. Getting an implant is permanent, as you know, but not knowing how it will shape up with my gum line just weighs so heavily on my heart. I was confident in my surgeon but not confident that the end result would mean no more surgeries.
So just after sitting in the chair and receiving the cotton swab of pre-numbing meds, I ask him "how worried are you that my crown for this implant will have the same problems we did with my flipper?" He paused...and told me quite honestly that it was not a perfect situation and that he was going to do his best work with hopes of a close-to-perfect result but could not guarantee it. That said, he also hinted that quite possibly I would end up having additional gum surgery, post implant surgery, to beef up my gums again to help cover any imperfections. He then discussed the difference in outcomes between an implant and a bridge.
When we initially met back in May, we quickly discussed bridges and he was not wanting to "disturb" the healthy teeth but to fix the problem with the one tooth. That was before we had the additional gum issues. Now that we're facing this obstacle, having bridge work would give him a little more freedom to fill in the "gaps" with the bridge rather than having to undergo additional gum surgery. So as the freezing was setting in, we discussed this more at length. He then said he couldn't guarantee a perfect result, based on the fact that my neighboring front tooth is a crown on a post and it's had a root canal but it would be doable.
I then called Scott. As you know he had to have bridge work done post-golf club to the face, and agreed that this may be the way to go, for me. He knows I just want there to be an end to all of this and knows from experience there is so much more they could do. Besides that he also knows I don't want to face additional surgeries to fix what is appearing to be a perpetual problem. So onto Plan B
In all honesty, since voicing this concerns and having this discussion with Dr. Jeffrey in the chair, I had this overwhelming calm about me. Not typical for someone who has been in and out of Dentist offices/surgeons' chairs for the past 25 years. I instantaneously was at peace with our decision to proceed with Plan B and the nervousness just went away. This is a first!
Or maybe it was the music from the iPod that helped me relax. I know it certainly helped take my attention away from the banging, drilling noises I was hearing inside my head! Or maybe it was the fact that even if the bridge isn't "perfect" I would not have to undergo surgery to compensate for an ill fit instead it would be the bridge being sent back to the lab. I am so much more confident that there WILL be an end to this process. I may have to endure one more root canal (Learned that today.....SURPRISE SURPRISE) but the end is near....and I can finally smile again.