Just back from the dentist. TORTURE. She introduced the idea of getting an implant vs flap surgery. I thought an implant was the very very very last resort? She was saying that flap surgery is a short-term solution and that an implant was less invasive than flap surgery. Any opinions? Christ. Just typing these words gives me an anxiety attack.

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Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Ugh

  1. I don’t blame you for having anxiety. What is the issue with your tooth or mouth area that they’re recommending an implant? Those are really expensive! I recently had a bone graft due to bone loss in one area and even that was $800 and it was in CNY not in NYC. I won’t know if it took for about 6 months. If it doesn’t, then we consider an implant. I take care of my teeth also, but I must’ve just gotten the bad teeth genes. My sister doesn’t even have a filling.

  2. Thanks a lot. Up until just a couple of minutes ago, I didn’t even know what flap surgery was. Eeeeuw! Life was good back then.
    I abhor going to the dentist and usually get nitrous oxide if there is drilling involved. And I wear my iPod. With any luck, there would be some good mind-numbing drugs involved in your procedure.
    I would go with whatever is going to give you the best results for the longest length of time. You don’t want to have to go through any of this again. I wish you luck, Stacy!

  3. Sorry Nora.

    And you’re welcome, Karen!

    Betsy, it’s a tooth that was broken when I was nine and it’s been capped every since. There’s been bone loss over the years. I think we’re jumping the gun with an implant, but I’m still gathering information.

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