When a tooth goes bad it is impossible to concentrate on anything other than the tooth. When you are eating and you always get that twinge or you think is the tooth going to come out in the sandwich I am eating it is time to get yourself sorted out. Like most people, you will try and convince yourself that the tooth is fine and the pain or discomfort will go away magically one day. You continue to tell yourself it will not get infected like other peoples because you are careful.
Unfortunately, in some cases the tooth becomes infected or even worse comes out and leaves part of the tooth in the jaw. And the pain increases.
Now I have to look at my options, so making an appointment with Dr O’Connor at HappyDental, based in Dublin 14, is the next course of action to take.
Most of Dr O’Connor’s patients who need dental implants have missing teeth or teeth that are so loose when they cough they think the tooth is going to come out. In my case the tooth had broken; the roots had become infected and the only real option was extraction.
Dr O’Connor suggested in my case that an option was to have a dental implant but due to the infection she wanted to extract the tooth, clean the socket and let it heal for several weeks and then if there was enough bone to support a dental implant we would move in that direction. So Dr O’Connor took out the offending tooth, relatively quickly and painlessly, and cleaned the whole socket and sent me on my way to recover.
Dr O’Connor had told me that after a few days the ache in my jaw would subside and sure enough it did. After three weeks I was back with Dr O’Connor, not for dental work but to explore having a dental implant. Dr O’Connor saw me, explained fully to me what a dental implant was and how it worked with my case. She also explained to me other options should there not be enough bone and as I did not have any medical issues, such as diabetes or heart problems, she felt that I might be a good candidate for dental implants.
To find out for sure if I had enough bone to support dental implants I had a CT Scan done at the clinic, €150.00, and Dr O’Connor told me that within 14-21 days she would assess my CT Scan and create a Treatment Plan for me as long as there was enough bone present to support a dental implant.