I sat down in the chair for my cleaning and thought to myself, "No problem. I haven't had a new cavity in forever, my gums are always in great shape and my baby teeth (yes, I still have two) are perfect...I'll be in and out of here super fast."
I was right about the cavities. I was right about my gums. The baby teeth? Not so much. Unfortunately, one of my baby teeth, which has always been rock solid in my jaw, was suddenly NOT so rock solid.
So I had a decision to make. Within two weeks of my cleaning, I had my poor little baby tooth yanked out, a titanium rod screwed into my jawbone, and a bone graft just for good measure (to fill in the spaces where the old roots were). The weird thing is that after the first day, it really didn't hurt at all, and I find that curious. I mean, the doctor DRILLED A HOLE IN MY JAWBONE. With a drill. Then he screwed a piece of metal into the bone. Then he stuffed the holes from my baby tooth with bone-graft stuff. I'm not complaining, mind you, but shouldn't that all hurt? Just a little?
When the bone has (hopefully) grown and the graft and implant have "taken", I'm supposed to go back to my dentist and they'll screw and glue a tooth onto the rod. (Actually, I think there's an in-between step where they have to MAKE me a tooth but whatever!)
Just think, once I get that tooth, I will have a bionic mouth that will be nearly as expensive as all of the six million dollar man's bionic body parts put together, given the cost of inflation. Still, I've been told that an implant is the way to go...and that it may very well outlast my other teeth (as well it should, being practically bionic and everything.)
Tooth version 1.0. The baby tooth in question is the one with the metal filling. It's just as well it had to go --I had to have the filling replaced in it once already. If they had to do that again I probably wouldn't end up with much tooth left anyway!
The space where my baby tooth used to be. Now it's just a hole with the cover of the screw showing. (The dark stuff on the tooth behind it is metal from the old filling from the baby tooth.)
So that's me and my six million dollar mouth. Or it will be when I get the dang thing installed. This is morbid but I can't help but wonder what an archeologist digging up my grave in thousands of years will think. If my bones and hair are all decayed and all that's left is a fake tooth and a small titanium rod, what what will they make of it? These are the things I wonder! lol