2 hour surgery with only a local anesthetic. You guessed it – dentistry!
I’m getting one of those fancy screw-in dental implants to replace a two-tooth gap in the side of my smile.
It’s a rather fascinating process really. (and would be far more interesting without the accompanying the pain and agony. I’m so glad opiate-based painkillers were invented)
Six months ago I had some extra bone inserted into my upper jaw so the screw part of the implant would have something to screw into, then, last week I had the hole drilled in my upper jaw (hence the hole-in-the-skull, ‘cos technically the upper jaw is part of the skull) and the screw screwed in. The whole thing is sewn up and covered with a membrane made from my own blood! (I kid you not – I watched them make it) I wait for another six months for that to heal, then we’ll go for round three. Wait six more months and then the crown goes on.
Even through copious quantities of anesthetic, I still felt the vibration of the drill through every bone in my body as it chewed its way into my jaw.
I understand the concept of suffering for one’s art, but this is taking research a bit far.