I'm getting old but I have 10 young grandchildren and 2 more on the way. I didn't want to deal with dentures or multiple surgeries and try ins until I got permanent teeth. There had to be something out there. So I looked and I found these incredible videos and reviews about Dr. Mike Golpa. So, my husband and I researched for anything we could find bad or wrong about what Dr. Golpa does. We found one review but it looked like Dr. Golpa fixed all the concerns of the one patient. So we went to my dentist and said, "unless you know something that we should know, we're going to go with Dr. Golpa". He had nothing and agreed that at the price of $34,000 and permanent teeth immediately he would do the same.
We booked my appointment then my anxiety flooded every part of me. I almost talked myself out of doing anything, just going through life toothless. Thankfully I watched a recent video by Jarrettg and emailed him several times. He very kindly answered my questions and on the day of my surgery even called to check on me at the office. He's the age of one of my children, a really nice, honest young man!
So, we drove to Vegas, about an 8 hour drive, checked in at Treasure Island and went for the consultation. I was very unsure about the shade of my teeth. I pretty much liked the shape of my teeth the way the way the were when they were in good shape but color wise I was concerned. I'm not a spring chicken and I didn't want the 'hollywood' smile. Just a clean, whitish look with healthy teeth I could chew with. I looked at B3 and B4. Chose B3 but when Dr. Golpa came in he reminded me that I wouldn't be looking at just one tooth, it would be a whole mouthful so I went with B4. Also, while I'm not really fair skinned, I don't tan often and mostly I wanted to go home and have people wonder what was different, not stand out with bright white teeth that they would immediately know what had changed.
I still had a high anxiety level but got a decent nights sleep and at 8 AM, walked in, scared, teary eyed but determined. I met the anesthesiologist who answered questions I had and I went to sleep. When I woke up I felt some prodding and poking so I got a few local injections and that went away. The whole procedure took about 5 hours. When we got back to the hotel, I drank water, ate yogurt and applesauce and slept. I know many people don't have pain but as you age, everything starts to hurt so I took my NSAID (ibuprofen) and one of the pain pills Dr. Golpa prescribed. I also took the medicine he gave me before the procedure and I think that really helped with my pain level. The next day I rested in the room until they called and said it was time to come in (about Noon).
At this point I want to mention something that I was at first confused about. In the earlier videos, people were put in temporary teeth (still good ones, but but not permanent). Sometime in 2015, the lab got the capability to make the permanent teeth immediately. So, if you watch a video from 2014 or earlier, you are seeing temporary teeth first. Starting sometime in 2015 the people you see are in their permanent teeth the day after surgery.
Anyway we went in, Sophia put my new teeth in and Dr. Golpa came in to check them. He adjusted my bite a little and when I looked in the mirror I was ecstatic! What a difference more teeth and a better color make to your appearance. So very happy! All the staff came in to look and photos were taken. When we got back to the hotel I had a cheeseburger. A funny story! I guess I was a little numb still or just couldn't feel the teeth so I cut the burger into quarters but couldn't figure out if it was in my mouth. My husband was playing a game so I put my phone in front of me and watched myself eat. I was chewing the burger, no issues. That night we had seafood (lobster, shrimp, crab) and I had a salad. I hadn't eaten a salad in a long time! Tasted so good!
We spent the night in case I had any problems but didn't have problems so left and got home Friday afternoon. I finished my antibiotics and rinse, started with the Waterpik and have had no problems. I thought I was having a bite problem but when I called the office, the nurse told me that since I was still a little swollen (it took about a week to get back to my normal self) to wait and see if it corrected by itself. It seems to have corrected but I know I can call and talk to them anytime I need to. I've eaten a very tender steak, salads and just about everything but hard crunchy food. I want the implants to have time to integrate with my bone.
It's been 3 weeks now and I'm in Baltimore visiting my daughter, her husband and their 2 ½ year old twins and 1 year old. That's work! They do think it's pretty cool to watch Grandma use the Waterpik.
My speech is pretty normal, I do occasionally hear a lisp but I'm working on it. No one seems to notice (except me).
I have no regrets! Would I rather have my original teeth? Of course. But I didn't take care of them and I feel like I got the best thing available on the market at this point in time. The teeth look natural, the gums look normal (no teeth show through the gums as one person showed on a video). Was it expensive? Yes, but so are multiple visits to the dentist, dentures, denture paste, etc. We borrowed the money and will be paying it back for about a year. I hope to live much longer than that and enjoy all these beautiful grandchildren my children are giving us and I'm sure my new teeth and smile will make life much more enjoyable! I'm willing to answer any questions!
Don't delay, it's worth giving up cigarettes (I don't smoke so it's easy for me to say), playing the lottery or slot machines, sodas, candy or whatever you can to make your money go further. Get out there and make it happen - then SMILE!