I have my Gran Gran to thank for my 36 year old baby tooth. She, like me, was missing lots of adult teeth. With no adult tooth to push it out, this little upper tooth has hung on and on.
At my last visit, the dentist asked whether I’d like to hear about my options for when it eventually falls out. There were a couple of low cost options, including a fake tooth that I’d be able to pop in and out at will. But what I remember most about the conversation is that she told me that having an implant was really the ‘gold standard’ and is what she would push me towards.
For £2,000, I could have someone drill up into the bone of my mouth and firmly fix in a new tooth. It would look beautiful and it would last.
I remember hearing the words ‘gold standard’ and ‘push towards’ and a little alarm bell started going off in my head. That’s when I asked her whether it would be in any way problematic to simply leave a gap where the tooth was. No problem, she told me. The tooth isn’t one that has to do a lot of work. Still, I could see she thought me crazy for even asking.
I nodded and smiled in all the right ways, whilst making a promise to myself that when that glorious, amazing tooth falls out, I will do absolutely nothing and wear my new gap with pride.
Love and courage,
P.S. My Gran Gran’s name was Marjorie. That’s why I have that name in my website. She was a very cool lady who made amazing cheese and tomato flans and egg custards and always gave us a Terry’s chocolate orange at Christmas 🙂