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Minor surgery

This time it took almost two hours, almost as long as the original surgery. It was a slow and tedious process, by the dentist's own admission. Lots of stitches.

First, they fitted the "stint" in my mouth. This is a plastic thing molded from an impression they took of the lid of my mouth last Tuesday. They added some sticky stuff, some kind of collagen or something, to the inside of it and stuck it to my mouth , molded the stuff to my mouth. When that was done, they took it out and set it aside.

Next, after sticking me with the needle is many many places - some were more painful than others - the dentist prepared the "receiver site". He was in there digging and scraping and cutting tissue and I don't know what else. AT times I wondered what it would be like to have a mirror available so I could watch - but I think I did better without it, just trusting.

That seemed to go on a while. I was glad when we finally got to the next stage - cutting the patch from the roof of my mouth. I didn't feel a thing! Thank heaven for all that novacaine or lidocaine or whatever it was. Finally the piece was out and into the saline solution and soon after the fitting began. The plastic stint was pushed into place and work began on the receiver site again. Stitching and then sealing with some kind of paste-like material, then more stitching and more and more, and finally some cutting of the first stitches because the tissue was not laying as flat as the dentist wanted, and more restitching.

I like his care, his meticulous approach. He kept checking and rechecking and adjusting as needed, so I felt it was a good job.

I am home, have taken one tablet of Vicodan, and am thinking I should take another, given my past experiences. I took out the gauze, thinking the bleeding had stopped, but then it began again, so I am just one big mouth right now. Can't talk. Don't ask me. I don't know how I will manage at work tomorrow. I usually have to talk quite a bit there, answering the phone, answering questions, explaining my thinking. But we'll see.

The method is different so there's less swelling. I feel hope. I don't feel too badly right now, just uncomfortable. Glad I'm home.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 31st, 2002 12:58 pm (UTC)
Can you take the day off?
Jud, looks like you need a real rest after such a procedure! I hope you can take the day off, or at least delegate talking to someone else. Love, Bid
Oct. 31st, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Can you take the day off?
I'm seriously considering it. I have some stuff here at home that I can work on, that I hoped to work on today but may not. I may be able to pick up other files and take them home tomorrow.

If I don't work I don't get paid, so I am trying to do as much as I can from home. I don't feel so very bad right now but do feel the need for rest.
Oct. 31st, 2002 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Can you take the day off?
You will heal faster if you lay low. Mother says take the day off. You can catch up when you feel better. Love, Bid.
Oct. 31st, 2002 07:03 pm (UTC)
You seem to have suffered quite a bit with this. Is it usual for this kind of thing to take so long? And I don't suppose it'll be over for quite a while yet. I presume you're having implants?
Thanks for commenting in my journal yesterday and today. You're right, I must be feeling better as I'm in the mood for humour. Glad you appreciated it.
Oct. 31st, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC)
No, this isn't the "typical" run for implants. A couple of reasons:

First, most implants don't involve bone grafting. That section of my jaw had been without teeth for several years, and therefore had lost bone there. There wasn't enough to provide a good base for implants.

Second, the graft was a fairly large piece of bone, and so it was difficult to stretch the existing tissue over it and make it stay. Gum tissue doesn't stretch well. So the stitches kept pulling out. This doesn't happen with every bone graft. I have the feeling I was setting some kind of record in this area.

This last procedure was different, using a piece of tissue from the roof of my mouth. By doing it this way the tissue doesn't really have to stretch at all, so there is a very good chance of success. I can understand why the dentist doesn't do it this way the first time, though. If it works by just stretching it is simpler and more comfortable.

Thanks for your good thoughts. I really think we've turned the corner this time...I really hope I don't have to eat these words!
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