Who knew that darned front tooth of Stephen's would continue to haunt him? He had it pulled in September when we found out it was being re-absorbed by his body & disappearing. Then we found out some of the bone had been absorbed as well. So we went for a consult on bone grafting. The 3 options aren't fabulous. 1) He can have two separate surgeries. One to remove bone from somewhere else in his body and the second to place it. 2) He can use a cadaver bone 3) He can use a new treatment that uses stem cells to regenerate your own bone. I know this sounds like the obvious answer, but the failure rate is really high...we have a year to decide on this.
Next after tiring of the flipper, we decided to let him be a guinea pig and try Dr. Tracey's TTR implant. It's like a temporary, permanent tooth. He uses a mini screw in the bone and attaches a tooth to that. The mini screw doesn't permanently implant in the bone. So he had the screw inserted yesterday and Dr. T said he wasn't thrilled with how easily the screw went in. He said it means the bone may be more gone than they'd realized, and the screw may not hold. We just have to wait to see. Great! Next Thursday he's supposed to have the tooth put in. Let's hope it lasts at least a year. Then we can move forward. I'm tired of this waiting to see what is going to happen, and I'm sure Stephen is tired too.