Warning: If you're sometime who does not like hearing people talking about their teeth, gums or anything dental, do not read this post. Read other posts on this blog :) Thank you.
One of my first posts when I started blogging was about my dental woes. I think it's fitting that I continue posting about this to document my dental saga. Who knows, these posts might save someone else's teeth :) Seriously, I know many people struggles with this issue too. It's not a usual topic of conversation, because "dental problems" is a personal issue, but once someone starts talking about it...it really matters to many.
So... many of you know that on May 8, 2007 I underwent a surgery...yes, a dental implant. They planted 3 screws in my gums! When I said it's very expensive, t really is very expensive! $ 6,000+++ just for this surgery. I do not have the "teeth" that goes with the school yet. Another several thousand dollars for those. Since this is "aesthetic", it's not covered by insurance. My husband "almost had a heart attack" when I told him how much this dental implants will cost us. However, when it's all said and done, these implants are really worth it.
A couple of weeks after the surgery, I was itching to blog about my experience but I held off. I didn't want to "scare" anyone thinking about undergoing a dental implant. About two weeks after this dental surgery...I was very worried and scared. Why? Because at that time, I was experiencing a slight numbness and a tingling sensation on my lower left lips and chin. I called the Orthodontist and he kept assuring me that it will go away but I was scared that it might be a permanent thing. And so I started my research a.k.a. "Google".
I learned a new term. It's called dental paresthesia (or dental parasthesia). I won't go into detail, just read the link I provided if you're interested. The articles I have read are not consistent (or at least not consistent enough for me) so it wasn't much of a help. I also visited some forums about this and that helped a little but my concern was still there. And so I prayed...and prayed hard that this paraesthesia will go away. At that time I was thinking ..."dang..I sent $6K for this???" and "this is why I am scared to undergo a tummy tack... because I afraid it might cause more harm than good.... ;)"
Well....I am glad to share that at this time, the numbness subsided to the point that it's almost gone. It took about 2 months. Yes, 2 months!
Last night, my right side molars were hurting. You see, I had been chewing all my food on that side since the other side is all gums and still healing from the surgery. Did I tell you that some molars on my right also has major fillings and I have one molar there that has already been root canaled and been capped? Oh, yes my friends...my teeth are falling apart....
Opsss, I need to log off. I may or may not continue this dental saga post. Thanks for reading (a.k.a. cyber listening)
Lesson from the post: Take good care of your teeth and train your kids to do the same. It'll save you $7,000 :)
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UPDATE 2-15-08. Sunday Scribblings' prompts are "Sleep" and "Teeth" for this week. I thought it's appropriate to dig up this old post and enter it there.