Family dentist Richard Marksham is having a full and happy smile after having a minor surgery last year.
The 45-year-old, who lives in Melbourne’s west, said he was lucky to be alive when the operation was performed.
“It was a major surgery and it was a really major operation,” Mr Marksham said.
“The first thing I thought was I’m going to be a bit tired but I was lucky.”
I went home in the afternoon and I was sitting on my front porch watching the sun go down.
“A couple of weeks later I was at my family home and I saw that my son was in his early 20s.”
He had a big grin on his face.
“As soon as he got up and walked down the stairs he said ‘thank you’.”
I just laughed and said ‘what do you mean you’ve got a smile?'””
I think he really appreciated it.
“So he said to me ‘I’ve got to have the smile’.”
The family dentist said he thought he was in a bad place.
“They were telling me that the operation would cause pain and damage, so I said ‘yes, you’ll be alright’.”
They took out a little plastic bag and it came out and it looked like a smiley face, so it was great.
“Mr Marksham has had a full operation and said he felt well for the first time since his operation.”
There’s a little bit of scarring and some bruising, but I’ve got no problem with it.””
I can’t believe that I’m a full smiling smile.”
There’s a little bit of scarring and some bruising, but I’ve got no problem with it.
“The family dental team also had to remove a few scar tissue that had formed on the cheekbone, which was a little hard to do.
He said he had to have it put back together after about six weeks.”
We’re just glad that everything went well,” he told FourFourtwo.
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