I Love Technology

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
As you all will recall, I had dental implant surgery in January, whereby my missing molar was replaced with a screw.

Since I needed a bone graft as well, I had to wait five months to proceed, so I've been walking around with a screw (but no tooth) in my head.

Yesterday, my maxillofacial surgeon gave me the "okay" to proceed with the crown, so I went to see my regular dentist today.

How cool is this procedure? Turns out that the screw in my jaw is hollow, with threads on both in the inside and outside, and that's why it's flush with my gums. The dentist has a variety of tools he screws in, and then takes impressions. No numbing required, for any portion of the procedure, including the placement of the crown.

I love technology.

13 comments:

Cindi in CO said...

Cool. And Ew.

Steve Buchheit said...

So, does it come with accessories? Can you get a tooth for Xmas, and another one for Halloween?

Now that would be cool

Janiece Murphy said...

Hee! That would be cool!

Except you can't see it unless I open wide and tilt my head all the way back...

vince said...

Except you can't see it unless I open wide and tilt my head all the way back...

Must. Not. Make. Inappropriate. Comment.

OK, I'm better. And I avoid FOOM and other bad things.

But I was really tempted.

Michelle K said...

(pointedly ignoring Vince)

Janiece Murphy said...

Vince, please. My sound effect is "Tong," not "Foom."

Nathan said...

Geez Vince,

get with the program. Foom goes with my Gas Grill of Retribution. Janiece has the Shovel of Doom!

Cindi in CO said...

Well, I think Vince is funny.

Cindi in CO said...

But everyone who knows me will tell you that I'm kind of a sick bitch.

camsavwin said...

I just had this done. With my four front teeth. I feel so Appalachian. It is cool that they can do this, though. Now we're true MetalHeads!

How'd you get a copy of your X-ray? I want mine!

And Cindi? I think Vince is funny, too. We can be sick together.

Jeri said...

Technology is cool. But I have a slight preference for toting it rather than having it embedded into my body. (says the woman who has ceramic pins in her knee - and will probably have an entire bionic knee someday)

Janiece Murphy said...

camsavwin, my surgeon uses a digital X-Ray machine. I simply asked for a copy on photographic paper, and he forked it over.

But my surgeon is the BOMB.

camsavwin said...

He is the BOMB, apparently. Mine seems to be stingy...

Doesn't make sense to me. They're MY teeth, right?!