So, mixed emotions spending this much money on something that is 1.) So vain and superficial, and 2.) temporary in the grand scheme of things. And now I am doing this after I just took a new job and got hit with an almost 50% pay cut. Super ouch! BUT..... I owe this to myself after everything I've been through to get to this point. Could you see that patchwork bonding in pics and from far away? No. Could I see it? Could my dental professionals see it? Could my husband see it and friends up close see it? Yes. For sure. Plus the bonding kept chipping off, turning different colors and getting worse, and the places where it was little slivers/chips, I was shredding floss on like a mo-fo. So, there was some functional issues here too. I am looking forward to not shredding floss anymore (and having an easier time flossing with smooth lateral tooth surfaces), and I am looking forward to having properly sized teeth. One of the issues through treatment is my first ortho adjusted the size of my teeth and screwed them all up. So both of my incisors were different sizes, both laterals were different sizes. It looked goofy. I am glad to get these guys the right size/shape finally. And I am glad to not have to look at my first ortho's hack job anymore. It was a constant reminder every day looking at what he did to me. I don't deserve to be reminded of that every day. So, hopefully this will help me move on there.
My prosth asked me if I was at all surprised about how things went yesterday-- the whole process of prepping these teeth and getting my temp veneers on. I told him I wasn't. It wasn't that far off from other work I've had done, esp the bonding on those teeth. It was very similar in a sense where they prepped the surface of the teeth (although didn't take off nearly as much natural tooth surface), wrap the cords and stuff around the teeth to push the gums up, cure things, etc. I was in the chair for about 3 hours. Worst part of the whole thing was the needle to get numbed up. Needles up top/front are always more ouchie, but he stuck me right in fresh scar tissue from my plate removal, and that was SUPER ouchy. Like, I had a few tears sneak out from the corner of my eyes and Dr. Lew totally caught me and handed me a tissue. I hate being a baby, but I wasn't expecting this ouchie at all. Normally it's no big thing taking the novicane shot, but damn this one was one of the worst ones I've ever had. The rest of it was just discomfort in my back from laying down in the chair so long, and then my jaw joints from being cranked open for 3 hours. A few good tidbits during all the work in this appointment: 1.) No decay. I think my prosth was ready to find some decay under all the old bonding and fillings in my front teeth and he said they looked great. 2.) Both my prosth and the chair side assistant gushed over how amazing my gum tissue is. Like, multiple times remarked about it. This makes me VERY happy. I've worked hard to get to a place where I take really great care of myself now. I started this journey with severe periodentisis with 5-8mm pockets around teeth. It feels really good to be in a place now where I get compliments along the lines of "these are some of the best gums we see in here!" And on the same token Dr. Lew quipped that even my retainer is kept so clean, like it basically looked brand new. Yep, I work hard on that too, so I'll take it :)
So, 3 hours and $7,200 later, I have temps in and my actual veneers are on order with a lab and I'll go back April 18th to hopefully get them seated for good. If they are not perfect and to Dr. Lew's high standards (which I am thankful for!), he'll send them back and get them right before he permanently cements them. Dr. Lew was also able to adjust my retainer for me in his lab, so it fits the temps he put on and he saved me an hour trip over to see my ortho to do that. Super awesome of him! Speaking of Dr. Lew, he also mentioned to me that the CA Dental Board did contact them to initiate their records request for my case, so it sounds like the dental board is moving forward with an investigation, which is great news. From what I gather, they typically won't even take this step to get records and start investigating if they don't think there is something there worth looking at. They'll totally close a case before it even began in that sense. So, this is really great news. I think I am finally feeling better pushing forward with this. The few bits I have gotten to talk with my team about have been pleasant. They have given me as warm a response as I think I can get here, so I am moving forward with the belief that they are on my side and they don't think I am a bad person for doing this. I really hope not, because this dental board investigation train has now left the station and it's out of my hands.
Here are a few shots I had fun doing fb updates with in the chair yesterday. I have no shame. :)