He very clearly explained what the situation was and presented me with options of what to do next. If I chose to deal with the cyst later, eventually my jaw could fracture or collapse. This was clearly not the best option, and so I decided to have it biopsied and removed. Because I needed to return to college in a month or so, Dr. Kazemi helped me to set up an incredibly efficient and swift schedule for the next few of weeks. Within a week, I had a biopsy done on the cyst – it was benign. Twenty days after that first appointment, Dr. Kazemi performed the surgery to remove the cyst, all four of my wisdom teeth, and one molar that had been affected by the cyst. From my point of view, the scariest part of the surgery was the possibility of having a hip bone graft to fix the bone damage caused by the cyst. He wouldn’t know until he had actually removed the cyst and surveyed the surrounding bone, so we had to prepare for that possibility as well. Thankfully, my bone wasn’t too damaged so Dr. Kazemi used synthetic bone instead. The surgery was a success and the recovery – barring the usual soreness and swelling of having teeth removed – was painless and easy to undertake.
Three months after the surgery, Dr. Kazemi inserted a tiny titanium dental implant to replace the removed molar. I’ve had no problems with it up to now and can chew as comfortably on the right side of my mouth as on the left. Also, the implant really is small so no worries about setting the metal detector off in the airport!
Since then, I’ve had regular six month and one year follow ups. In November of 2013, I’ve gotten my last follow-up panoramic x-ray (an extra that I requested to be thorough), and my jaw and implant are doing great! I’m so thankful for Dr. Kazemi’s great work in catching what other orthodontists missed and in helping me to prevent what could have been a real problem in the future.