Sunday, March 18, 2012

I still got a baby tooth

"You still got a baby tooth (also known as deciduous tooth, reborner tooth, temporary tooth, primary tooth, milk tooth)" my dentist said to me on one of my checkups.

I was like "Huh?!"

"This tooth of yours on your upper jaw looks like a baby tooth which has not fallen off yet," said she.

How the hell can this be? I am twenty three. My dentist asked me to get a Dental CBCT scan done. And the report showed this

Apparently, because of this baby tooth, my permanent tooth at that spot is not able to come down due to lack of space. But the permanent tooth has matured itself inside my upper jaw line. I never felt any pain or any strain or anything of any kind on my upper jaw line ever. And today I am knowing this.

The CBCT scan (side view) also shows that my lower line of teeth doesn't really align with my upper line of teeth when I make a bared teeth smile. Basically my upper line of teeth covers up my lower line of teeth like this

My dentist suggested I should take care of these while still under 30. Otherwise, these hunched alignments (and especially the baby tooth which is the most absurd thing in my mouth) could create complications later at old age. However, if i decide to proceed with the dental makeover (a.k.a. Orthodontics), it would be a lengthy process of nearly 3 years requiring at least 2 visits per week to the dentist.

So I decided, "Let's go for it".

When i told this to my friend raphael (who is in his final year of MBBS) he suggested I should make a personal diary or archive of how my teeth takes shape in the next three years - it will be lovely to look back to later.

So I have also decided to write a blog post (with pictures if possible) after every visit to my dentist. Hoping to keep updating on my blog without loosing any motivation inshAllah. Stay tuned.