In just about 45 minutes I will begin the process of my dental implant. The first step is the extraction of the tooth. I'm able to save about $250 by having my regular dentist do the extraction. The insurance will pay 100% of the extraction. Had I had the oral surgeon do it I would have had to pay myself because the insurance doesn't pay for the "specialist". Lovely.
After the extraction I will go across the hall to the surgeon's office where he will scrape around in the newly formed hole in my head. I may not have all the details correct but I think this is to clean it all out. There was also something mentioned about a bone graft during this procedure.
I won't lie, I'm a little sick-to-my-stomach nervous about it. I just hope they give me a prescription for some good drugs for afterwards. I know I'll be numb during, but I expect I'll be rather sore when the novocain or whatever they use wears off.
Wish me luck!