Being (a) Patient: Dental Reconstruction Complete!

Seven years, ten months and 23 days ago, I fell down a large public staircase and basically broke the middle of my face. Several key moments of my journey of healing have been shared on this blog in a series called Being (a) Patient; this entry is the last.

I was filled with worry over the last couple of days. I must admit that I temporarily lost all the perspective I had gained in my last post. I was worried that I may never get a result I would be happy with and would need to give up.

I knew that perfection wasn’t in the cards because, as my second prosthodontist put it, I didn’t have “an easy fixer-upper.” So, I knew my smile wouldn’t never be what it was but I still hoped for something I could feel good about. I am happy to report that happened today!

I would like to acknowledge my team over the last 7+ years:

Oral Surgeon: Bobby Licul

Periodontist: Jay Fishbein

Orthodontist: John Campogna

Endodontist: Sean Pobiner

Prosthodonstist: Andrew Pacinelli

I put a lot of time and effort (blood, sweat and tears!) into finding the right specialists. I had six periodontal consults before I chose Dr. Fishbein. I had consults with five prosthodontists and even did some preliminary work (essex bridge, flippers, one temp crown and bonding) with two prosthodontists before I began working with Dr. Pacinelli.

Dr. Andrew Pacinelli was my ultimate choice to install my crowns and veneers because in addition to his prosthodontic skills, he also had the emotional intelligence to treat a patient who experienced a significant  trauma. He recognized right away that I had been through a lot.  Communication skills are extremely important to me. Dr. Pacinelli kept me informed every step of the way while he transformed my front top eight teeth. He listened to my concerns throughout the process and kept working and working and working… until we had a result that made me happy!

Here it is:

This was right afterward. I was a bit swollen and my gums needed to settle in a little more but not too shabby (I feel like it looks better sideways…):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from September 1, 2021

Final Thoughts

Given the chance to go back in time, would I hold the handrail and not have gone through all this? Absolutely but I am still so grateful for everything that I have learned and all the people who were there for me throughout this trial.

If you found this blog because you are going through your own healing journey, please know that you can get through it! It may take longer than you feel like you can endure at times but have faith that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s beautiful!

4 thoughts on “Being (a) Patient: Dental Reconstruction Complete!

  1. Jared

    Hey I just was wondering if you were still planning on posting before and after pictures. I understand if you don’t but I recently went through something similar and I’m wondering how it all turned out. I’m really worried about scarring on my face and that’s how I saw your post about your lip. As someone who has always struggled with themselves anyway, giant facial scars are the last thing I needed. Whether you post the pictures or not I just wanted to say thanks for sharing this much already. Your positivity helped me already whether you realize it or not.

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    1. Cynthia Lenz Post author

      Hi Jared,

      Thank you for the post. I am sorry that I haven’t posted a photo yet. I am terrible at taking selfies. And I haven’t had a lot of other photos taken of me since then. And to be honest, I wasn’t sure that this post meant anything to anyone but me. Thank you for proving me wrong on that score. I am going to find a photo to put up.

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  2. Christine

    Cynthia,
    What a journey you were on. You made it and your smile is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    Reply

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