So a lot has happened in the last month. I had my upper implant preparation "procedure" on March 10. Dr. Shlosberg removed both bridges on either side where the implants were to go and made one bridge consisting of 9 teeth all the way across (from tooth #4 to tooth #12). The procedure lasted about 4 hours during which I was under twighlight anesthesia. The temporary bridge looked quite comical, like rabit teeth.
On Tuesday March 25 I was fitted with a provisional bridge that would be removed during the implant surgery. The teeth look amazing for a provisional bridge and I was quite happy. I however need a gum rebalancing to make it look more natural.
I had the actual implant surgery this past Wednesday, April 8. That surgery lasted only 2 hours, again with twighlight anesthesia. Dr. Kaufman is an amazing surgeon and I had no pain and hardly any swelling. Unfortunately I am once again on a soft-chew and no hot food diet.
So now I lay low for the next 4-6 months while the implants fuse with my bone. By the end of 2009 I should have my permanent crowns! In the meantime, I go back next Wednesday for a post op check up.