I am saddened at the loss of a close friend. Someone with whom I shared many good times and happy occasions. Always there to support me and enabled me to enjoy some of the best things in life. Yes friends, I have joined the edentate. Well, partially joined the edentate. After help from several friendly dentists, like restorative dentists, two different Endodontists, and alas finally a very nice Oral Surgeon my Permanent Left Maxillary First Molar (or number 14) has had to be removed from my presence. He’s still nearby, now residing in a small plastic container.
When ever I have needed dental and medical care I always am very interested in the process. I like to check out other offices and how they go about their work. I am grateful for the knowledgeable and kind people I associate with and hope others think the same of me. I really love my work. Although I was not anxious about have my tooth removed I was sedated. I wanted to experience the path that I regularly lead my patients on. I remember standing up in the reception room and walking towards the door for the procedure. I remember Dr Tony Bouneff carefully putting my tooth asleep and that is all.
The procedure was done about 1 PM. Later that evening my wife, Shirley had me take one prescription pain pill. The next morning I took one 500 mg acetaminophen pill. Otherwise I have needed no pain medicine. I think I am fortunate in that I was able to tolerate dental procedures more comfortably than some folks. I have had virtually no pain since the procedure.
Now, we wait and see how my bone levels end up which will determine whether or not I have an implant or a fixed bridge to replace my old friend. It has been an interesting week.