Just finishing a 5 year oral rebuild. The zoom was...
13 Aug 2014
Day of treatment
Just finishing a 5 year oral rebuild. The zoom was the icing on a long process that included fractured molar extraction, invisalign, crowns on all uppers, and an eventual implant (molar) when my insurance kicks back in. I have extreme sensitivity issues on my bottoms, so I use 3M Clinpro toothpaste which helps. I prepped by adding Clinpro to my invisalign retainers at night for about a week. I had been using the Nite White but was not pleased with the results, as my bottoms were not nice and white like my new crowns.
The procedure itself was uneventful, though by the 3 treatment the zingers began and I was done. I do not think I could have tolerated another 15 minutes of treatment. The zingers are surprising and nerve racking but last for only seconds before quieting down (for me at least). And as I say pain is subjective. After all the work I have been through in the last 5 years this type of pain is comparably minimal. For me, the pain is not like a throbbing toothache that goes on for hours and hours. It is more of a transient sparkler type pain that makes you go oooh! for a few seconds then quiets down. I have put in my Invisalign trays with Clinpro that may help speed the resealing process.
Overall I am dealing with the zingers well and I am very happy with the results. The Tech measured and I did go up 8 shades in 45 minutes. Not bad for a little suffering. It should be noted that I do get the same pain and zinger issues fro the Night White as well. So I am very happy results! Big Thanks to all the folks at O' Neil dental in Mn!
Well I made it through the night and zingers are gone! Must say it was an interesting evening. I am a surgical nurse by trade and was on call last night for emergency cases. Well... of course...we ended up doing 5 emergencies last night. By late afternoon the sensitivity issue began to peak and I really wanted to take something for pain but just could not do so due to work. So I had to gun through it. The zingers would pop up for no apparent reason, and you do want to yell out at times because they are surprising (I was not eating or drinking and barely breathing at times) and being unable to actually vocalize my pain ( sure that would have stunned the surgeon) I practiced a good deal of guided imagery and screaming in my head. After the cases were finished I was absolutely exhausted from dealing with pain. My thoughts were I would never do Zoom again especially for vanity! When I got home I took 800 ibuprofen and a diazepam and slept like a rock. I feel like a new woman today with no zingers and my teeth are pearly white! So overall I am very happy with the results. If I had to do it again, I think I might, now having better idea of what is coming and proper planning on my part.
Here is my advice: Take the day off from work!
Get some pain meds from your practitioner
Take your pain meds and go to bed