Posted February 02, 2018 16:17:54 A Melbourne woman who lost her left tooth and needed a temporary filling has been given the thumbs up by a dental surgeon.
Lisa Stoddart was told by a dentist she would have a permanent fill in her left ear and was told she was not completely tooth-free.
The 23-year-old told ABC Radio Melbourne she felt the dentist did a good job, despite the fact she was in agony.
“I felt like I had been in hell for two years,” she said.
“He said, ‘I’ve done the job that I needed to do for you.'”
The dental assistant told the woman she could have her left dental implant removed and then fill in a temporary tooth with an enamel filling.
“It’s a little bit frustrating because I’m not completely in a tooth-less state,” Ms Stoddard said.
A dental implant in her ear.
I was just so excited to be out of it, to be able to move around again. “
The pain in the ear was pretty severe and I was getting the swelling and the inflammation, and I just had a great time.”
I was just so excited to be out of it, to be able to move around again.
“But now I feel like I have a tooth now, so it’s just a bit frustrating.”
The tooth filling was the result of an accident when Ms Stoudart lost her right ear.
It was taken away, she said, when she was 11.
Ms Stirdard said she was given an oral implant and the dentist had told her it was possible she could go back to the dentist and get the implant back.
“There’s a lot to learn from that,” she told ABC radio.
“If you’re in a car accident and you’ve lost a tooth, I think it’s the same.”
The dentist, Dr Robert O’Connor, said the patient was not given the option to try to get the replacement implant back if they lost the original.
“We do have a range of options, but I wouldn’t recommend a replacement implant for the first two years or so,” he said.
Dr O’Comers said patients who lost their tooth in an accident were often given a replacement to try again.
She said while some patients were given a dental implant for two to three years, other patients needed at least three years to have their permanent teeth.
She also advised people to wait a few months before trying to get a new dental implant.
The surgeon said the implants were often taken from patients who had lost their teeth.