Last Tuesday (July 5th) I visited a new periodontist office. My last visit in May at another periodontist office ended-up with double feelings. I was getting pretty confused so I asked my dentist what to do. She suggested to get a second periodontist appointment with focus on implants… I was able to schedule that appointment pretty quickly. That appointment happened last Tuesday.
Arriving quiet on time I ended up in the dentist chair. An assistant told me she would take some X-rays first. (I even didn’t see the perio yet!). Immediately I felt very nervous and didn’t want to get X-rays again. So I started explaining her that I already had many X-rays taken in the last few months. I asked her if she was able to see those pictures in my medical file, but for some reason she couldn’t fine any usable picture except from the pictures taken at my very first dentist appointment.
I was not able to convince her. She told me that they needed other pictures that are compatible with their medical systems. In my opinion this gave me a very strange an uncomfortable impression. So I had to get out of the chair and follow her. The X-rays she took were 100% equal like those I had before at my first ortho appoitment. But I really had to go through with it. After taking the X-Ray the assistant invited me to get back to the chair. Then she took another kind of photo-machine and explained me she would take +7000 pictures (!) with a special device (some kind of toothbrush). Thank God this was not an X-ray device. It took 10 minutes to take the pictures ending up with a 3D rotating model of my teeth. Pretty cool! I think this was the only type of pictures I never experiences before! 😉
Then the assistant disappeared… and I had to wait for 20 long minutes! Again waiting, waiting, waiting. Remember? Finally the periodontist arrived and started examining my mouth. (Like my previous first perio appointment). In short: She told me my gum / bone / teeth were pretty stabilized. I was happy to hear that. But then she added: “But I’m afraid the pocket around your tooth 21 is way too deep. I’m afraid this tooth is lost :(“
This moment was the first moment that I really felt I have to give up my tooth. She explained me what to expect from an implant. I even was able to explain her that I’m interested in some kind of extrusion procedure (As described here). I also explained about my crooked teeth and that I’m seriously considering getting braces IF I can combine it with a fake tooth and the extrusion procedure. After discussing the eventual procedure she told me she will get back with a pricing estimate.
In the meantime I received the estimate. Also the plan was included:
- The implant procedure will cost me 1780€ (!). Extracting the tooth / putting the implant in place / temporary crown / some biological bone placement.
- Also there might be some extra gum procedures needed depending on how easy my gum will heal. (+370€ optional).
- Also finale check. (+80€).
- The final crown should delivered & placed by my dentist. Don’t have price of the final crown yet. So it looks like this is going to be an expensive adventure 🙁
I have sent back an email asking about “where the braces treatment comes in” and who to contact now? The dentist? The periodontist? The orthodontist… Many questions for sure! So waiting for the response now. I think this story can go 2 ways:
- Ortho / Perio / Dentist agree on the extrusion procedure with braces. This way I will benefit from fixing some crooked teeth, extrude tooth 21.
- Ortho / Perio / Dentist don’t agree on the extrusion procedure with braces. Then I don’t think it will be worth to start a braces treatment. I that case my tooth will be extracted manually starting the implant procedure immediately.
Waiting for the email response and get some feedback from dentist. But one thing I know for sure: I have to give up my tooth and look into the implant procedure.