It starts with some anesthetics. A few pricks to the front of your jawbone. Nothing serious. Then a few jabs in the canopy with the same syringe.
While the weapons of choice are being prepared, the upper part of your mouth goes numb as it should be.
Then there is a small incision and the drilling starts. Three times per hole, gradually increasing the size of the drill. Getting to hear you have excellent quality of jawbone gives you high hopes.
When all holes are drilled, the actual implant is inserted and then drilled into its hole. This only goes halfway, the rest of the way it is bolted in by hand with a small ratchet handle. A bit of back and forward movement ensures it going in smooth and up level to the jawbone.
Then each one is closed with a small abutment to seal it off from the festering pool of bacteria your mouth is. The result may look something like this:
As you can see a small space can be noted between the abutment and the implant. Some more wrenching fixes this and the end result looks a bit like this:
In the run up to this all, I got to prepare with some antibiotics in order to prevent inflammatory reactions. Also a painkiller was prescribed, but due to my ulcers in the past, I got stuck with plain paracetamol.
When all things are fine, heading back home is a breeze. It is only when the sedative effects wear off that the pain hits home. every tooth in your mouth hurts like hell when the main dental nerves come back on line. A large quantity of ice, cold food and ice and more ice and paracetamol numbs down the pain to an acceptable level. Now seven hours later I only have a mild bruised feeling and an occasional prick. Let’s hope a good night sleep cures it all until the bill comes …
Anyhoo, the end result should look something like this (with the base, crown and cover in place):
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Finally home for a longer period. Obviously I hope to cash in on this time but there is so much to do:
- blog a bit
- cleaning (a lot of cleaning to do since I skipped this years big spring clean up)
- reading (still have over 10 books lying around in different phases of being read)
- visiting (not only the family, which obviously get their round in this period)
- painting (some apartments part some of which not my own)
- cooking (like: every day a decent dinner)
- vet visit for the pet (no comment to spare it’s feelings)
- a bunch of other stuff that will probably push all other off the schedule as soon as an opportunity pops up. why am I so bad at managing my personal life the same level I do my work?
And in the meantime I hope my stomach survives all the upcoming dinners …
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This didn’t come really as a surprise to me.
Some time back, paleontologist Gregory Paul collected data on religion and safety trying to correlate between the faithfulness/religion of people and locations and the fact that they are safer parts in society to live in (PDF-alert). To his surprise it turned out quite the opposite way: anywhere the levels of religion were higher, the more violence and unsafety existed.
Whether religion is the cause or the consequence of violence (i.e. people turning to religion when confronted with violence) is irrelevant. As it is clear that religion does not stop violence. It is more like a kid hiding under his blanket to keep the big scary world outside, with which it of course does not go away. The conclusion of this is that people who do believe/are religious lack the correct mechanisms to deal with or prevent crime and violence in their part of society. A sad conclusion but it does not surprise me as I consider religion to be somewhat of a handicap for human intellect. Furthermore it is an irrational method to provide guidance for ones life or to cover for what life throws at you. In stead of looking the truth in the eyes and try to deal with it, one seeks a fairytale explanation (*) for what happens in life and their own completely insane behaviour.
Oh, and the day religious people stop imposing their stupid beliefs on society around them, I will stop tearing it down.
(*) try telling a religious person his religion is as real as Snowewhite or the Boogeyman or Gnomes and you are told there is a difference between fairytales and religion. I beg you to find me one apart from the fact that up till now, little people have murdered and committed weird acts in Cinderalla’s sake.
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Posted in cure, feelgood, internet, politics, schrödinger, thoughts, youtube, tagged Alaska, Nailin Palin, Ted Stevens, The internet is a series of tubes, US elections on November 19, 2008|
Six term and lifelong Alaskan senator Ted “The internet is a series of tubes” Stevens finally lost his position as a senator. Despite an earlier seven charge conviction of fraud he maintained his election position and refused to back down. That, along with the fact that even Sarah “Rambo” Palin didn’t support him either seems to have caused his political end.
After a lot of extra manual counts of early votes, Democrat Mark Begich seems to take a lead. Thus the man who brought in the pork for Alaska (think of the bridge to nowhere) will be finally ousted.
For those who can stand two and a half minutes of utter rubbish : The famous “The internet is a series of tubes” interview with Senator Ted.
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