Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Braced for Action

OK - my dentist gave me a choice. Lots of teeth extracted and a bridge plate for my lower teeth in the not-too-distant future or my bicuspids extracted now and braces for the next 18 months.

Given the discomfort I know others experience wearing bridge plates I decided for option 2. At 38 I'll have the joy of sharing orthodonture with my soon-to-be 14 year-old son.

The "fun" started today with the extraction of tooth #21 and #28. First the dentist cranked away for a while - no luck. Then to the oral surgeon - wow! They are out, I'm doing fine. My lower teeth were so crowded that it is hard to tell there are two teeth missing.

I was a little loopy or I would have asked to take pictures of my extracted teeth or taken them home with me. Suffice it to say, they have REALLY long roots and are hard to pull out - total tooth length was over an inch!

Let the fun begin - the wires arrive on the 27th of this month...


brian said...


Tingle said...

From what I know of people with bridges, I think you made a good choice. But yikes, painful! My mom got braces when she was in her late 40s, if that makes you feel better. And just think about how great it will be when they come off!