I considered taking a picture of my late lamented tooth and posting it but then decided that was absolutely TMI!!!! I must admit though that it was fascinating seeing the problem child and it was very apparent to me, once I knew what I was looking at, why it was such a problem. But it really is a quite good looking tooth so I may drop it into a glass vial and wear it. OK. OK! Just kidding. No Angie/BillyBob symbols of undying devotion for this gal.
However, the whole extraction process and bone grafting was really interesting and went very easily today. I was really surprised. The surgeon knew what she was doing and was gentle and confident. I felt very secure. I ice packed my cheek on and off for a few hours, am being careful to eat soft foods, and will get ready for round two the middle of March. The best thing that came out of this day was my daughter, Krista, being able to talk with the dental assistant who is now studying to be a dental hygienist. Kris has been re-inspired to get back to school. She was able to stay in the room and observe the extraction and the bone grafting. It totally reaffirmed her desire to go into the dental hygiene profession.
The cool thing about the procedure too was that I managed to actually talk through some of it and make myself understood. That was some trick considering I had at least 3-4 tools and at least three hands in my mouth all at once. Anyway, once Miss Behaving Tooth was out we were all high fiving and then the bone grafting began. Another interesting experience. Sounded weird but I didn't feel a thing. After suturing me up, they turned me loose. There was a bit of dizziness so I was really glad my toothfairy daughter was with me to do the driving. She was quite bossy and insisted I follow all the directions to the letter. She's currently a medical assistant and all I can say is "Sheesh, give a person a little knowledge and they think they know everything". LOL