Today was my fourth and last dental revision appointment. I was to leave for San Diego by car right afterwards. Dr. Lagos checked my partials, made some adjustments for a better fit, and we chatted about how to care for my mouth over the coming months. It would take 3-6 months to heal - for bone and gums to grow back in and be healthy and pink. After 6 months I was to return for the permanent partials.
There was to be no jumping during this healing phase. I jokingly asked if I could exercise on my trampoline. He replied that he actually had a patient who, after 6 months of oral healing, had jumped on a trampoline and opened her blood clots, causing infection. But I think he said her immunity was low. He gets lots of patients like that. Still, I won't trampoline.
He also surprised me by saying that I'd need to blend my food for a whole month. That's a long time to blend your food! Also, to eat lots of salt. Preferably Morton's canning and pickling salt as Dr. Hal Huggins insists on. Salt will heal my bone. Also beneficial will be Vitamin C, enzymes, garlic, colostrum, goldenseal. Soak partials at night in salt water with a few drops of iodine. Rinse mouth after eating so no food decays under partials.
My attractive black (he said purple) blood clots are covering all of my sockets, just like they should be. These fake teeth still feel pretty fake, but I was assured they would feel less and less cumbersome.
So now, at age 42, I finally really don't have any metal in my mouth. Not even any trace amounts, which is what you have with the white composites. The BioComp test is what showed my dentist which materials were the safest for me.
Now for the fun part. Pictures of the three infected teeth that he pulled out. Out of the three teeth, two came out in pieces, and that is how he was able to see that the inside nerve chambers were dry. In other words, the teeth were dead. The black tips on the root apexes are also how he confirmed what he had seen on the panoramic xray - infection. The rest of the dark discoloration is the result of exposure to air. He also said that the abscesses shrink when in the preservative because the teeth dehydrate and shrink when they're out of the body.
I can't believe these were once inside me. Not because they look gross, but because they are so big. It's quite a feat to get things like this out of the body! I must be quite courageous.
So for now, my Dental Revision Adventure in Mexico is over. My mouth is feeling a bit more normal, my digestion thanks me for my blended meals, and I am happy that another piece of the puzzle has been put in place. I can confidently say that there is no more hidden infection and no more traces of metal lurking in the darkness of my mouth.
Have you had similar work done? If so, let us know how it went for you.
Thanks for reading.
I just heard back from Linda, with whom I did a health consult a few months back. She has great news to report re: her dental revision with Dr. Lagos, I am happy to say. Here is what she wrote me:
Hi Amanda, Hope you are doing well this morning. Just wanted to follow up since our conversation awhile back. I went to Mexico this week for the first part of my dental revision with Dr. Lagos. I had four root canals and one implant removed, as well as several cavitation treatments. Dr. Lagos and his staff took very good care of me. Considering the extent of my procedure, the discomfort was minimal and the results are quite remarkable. My sockets are healing well. I left the magnets on all the time and followed instructions carefully. I do believe the intravenous vitamin c was very beneficial as well. In case any others are interested in doing a revision I thought it might be helpful to share my positive experience.
I stayed at Casa Farolito. The walks on that beautiful beach and taking in the fresh sea air was so therapeutic. I think that was a factor in my healing as well.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.
Best wishes to you Amanda, Linda