I made a mistake and post $34. I meant 34K.
I had the procedure on August 28th, 2013. As I posted earlier, I recommend Dr. Golpa, without hesitation. I believe that he has extensive experience in performing this procedure. This being said, I am not a dentist, but I did extensive research, and after that, it becomes a matter of trusting yourself, and then trusting the dentist.
My procedure went well. No complications. Once I returned home, I had a bad day or two, but nothing that would cause concern. One has to realize and understand that this procedure is a big surgery. Just because you go back to the hotel that evening, does not mean it is not a serious procedure.
I returned to the office the next day and after the wax try in , I received the temporary bridge. The teeth were great, and I liked everything about them , except, and this was HUGE to me, I no longer had my full lips. :( Once I returned home, I had two somewhat bad days, a bit of swelling, but nothing serious. One the swelling was down , I still loved the teeth, the color the shape, but yes you got it, i did not like the way my mouth looked.
But since this was the temporary bridge, I didn't stress over it because I was assured that, all the issues that I had, could and would be addressed once I returned to receive the permanent bridge. :) In addition, before leaving the office that day, Dr. Golpa also agreed that the teeth had to come forward, and that that would greatly improve the appearance of my lips.
I returned in November 2013. Did a wax try in, and a day later received the permanent bridge. The issue with my lips was greatly improved. But for some reason, the color of the gums had been changed, and some of the imperfections that made the teeth look beautifully natural had been removed. So, I was not totally satisfied. Now, of course, one has to be realistic, and know what can a nod cannot be done, but in my case, I did not ask for miracles. Brit, ever the professional, looked at it, and simply stated, that yes, she agreed that the gum color now was wrong. And that yes, the teeth could have come forward a bit more. To my surprise, dr. Golpa, said: Well, it's not that bad. Tsk tsk, I thought, what happened to: I will not rest, until my patient has the dazzling smile that they deserve, and until my patient is a 100 percent satisfied. But again, I forgave Dr. Golpa, because, well you already know, that little video he made. And of course, I am still going to hold him to his promise. :)
So, I have had this permanent bridge since November 2013, and I am going back on March 4th to address the above mentioned issues. :)
I would like to stress that this is a very busy practice, and that yes sometimes communication seems to be lacking , or such as in my case, sometimes things seem very rushed, and that can leave you feeling a bit upset. But in all fairness, once you express your concerns or feelings, the staff is very responsive, and will try very hard to alleviate your concerns.