March 2016

I already blogged about my dentures. I forgot that I wrote in a journal about the experience as it happened. This is long and may be boring to some but it is my story so I want it published!

Before surgery:

After years of crappy dentists and a hereditary link to bad teeth, I went to a friends dentist who is actually going to do what I have wanted for years. He is going to have his oral surgeon pull all of my teeth under anesthesia and he is going to give me dentures. I can’t wait! All of the other dentists I have seen want to “save” the teeth and do root canals and who knows what else, just as long as they make tons of money off me. How many times can a person go through the same procedures? I have no back teeth at all after having root canals with crowns that fell off and rotted or just had them pulled to save money on those root canals and and crowns!

I have 3 weeks before this will take place. I have started researching the procedure, what to expect, and actually spoke with 2 other women that have gone through this. Woman 1 had hers done 20 years ago. She paid $50 a tooth to be pulled (so not fair as these days the cheapest to get it done is $300 a tooth while you are awake) and was awake for the procedure. She doesn’t remember how many had to be pulled at this time. She got her dentures a week later and has had 3 sets of dentures in 20 years. The first for a year, the 2nd for 20 years. She just got this newest pair 6 months ago and she is very happy that she did this.

Woman 2 just had this done a month ago. She has NOT been happy so far. She has trouble keeping the dentures in, even after many trips back to her dentist. She gags a lot and cannot even eat soft foods yet! Her teeth look wonderful and she’s happy she went through the procedure even though she was awake with only Novocain to get her teeth pulled. She told me she didn’t have bottom teeth anyway so she was ready to get this done.

After researching and speaking with these 2 women, I am really excited! I still have a week before mine will get done too. I am working as much as possible so I can take a few days off without worrying about bills.

I have my ride to the procedure set (thanks to my parents who said they want to meet the man they gave a shit ton of money to), my ride for my 24 hour follow up visit set (one of my oldest friends that I met in 6th grade who also gave me the dentist name), tons of soup in the pantry, and ice cream in the freezer. My son will stay at my parents for 3 days so I can recover and have a weird schedule if needed.

Day of surgery:

I am very excited! I woke up at 5am, did everything I needed to do, and then waited on my 6:15am ride to the dentist office with my parents. My Dad was not in a good mood since he was not used to getting up that early plus I’m sure he was nervous for me.

We are on time and yet the oral surgeon ended up being an hour late (he said traffic which doesn’t surprise me here). As I waited, my blood pressure elevated, probably because I was more and more nervous just sitting in the dentists chair. When he arrived, he told me what he was going to do. My dentist came in to say hello and meet my parents. That helped me relax a lot. He’s a great guy and truly remarkable dentist.

An hour later, I woke up with my dentures. My face was numb from my neck up to my eyes. I have a full set of teeth! Yay!

I get home and my Dad goes and picks up my prescriptions. As soon as he gets back, I take everything. He brought pain medicine (Tramadol), an antibiotic, an anti-nausea medicine, as well as a mouth rinse. After taking everything, my Dad left so I could rest. I watched TV, wandered around the house, ate ice cream (not easy with a numb face!), and text a bunch of friends. My son came home after school to check on me with my friend that drove him home. She and her son left a few minutes later and my son packed a bag to go stay with my parents (his grandparents) for a few days while I recover. After many hugs and kisses, my Dad picked him up and I was alone. The only time I got up after that was when a package was delivered to the door or human nature happening.

3:30am the day after surgery of pulling 16 teeth and waking up with dentures:

I went to bed at 9pm on Tramadol and a sleeping pill as pain was just starting and numbness was just wearing off.

PAIN woke me up at 3:30AM! My mouth hurt so bad! I feel like the dentures are cutting into my gums and I’m still bleeding from who knows where in my mouth. The surgeon told me that I have to keep the teeth in for 2 days so the swelling won’t get so bad that the teeth don’t fit. I am really looking forward to going to the dentist this morning just to be having these taken out – even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

I am not happy with these dentures. The impressions that the dentist took showed how my top teeth are big so why are these so small? And why are the bottom teeth so tall? Also, why is the gum color so dark? It looks like I am sick!

I take a picture of my teeth to share with certain people and send it to them. I take my pills, and then a 30 minute nap. Then I go and watch TV for a few hours. All I’m allowed to eat on the 1st day is cold liquid foods. I ate a pint of ice cream over the course of the day (not too much fun when you’re lactose intolerant either) and I don’t want anymore. My neighbors brought me some flowers and I told them how sick of ice cream I was. One of them ran home and brought me back a vegetable juice (Naked juice Green Machine) that tastes pretty good (I am really hungry but it’s actually good too). I drank an entire glass and took another pain pill. That juice and blenderized soups saved me from being too hungry.

My friend came to spend the night and drive me back to the dentist the next morning. We talked for a while and then I took more pills and went to bed at 9pm because when I stood up, I was dizzy from the sleep aid I took.

I went to the dentist and asked him for something other than Tramadol for pain. He gave me Vicodin thankfully so that took care of all the pain I had been in. He said I was doing well. He told me I could eat hot liquid foods so I almost raced home to put soup in the blender and eat it. I had to be on a liquid diet for 3 weeks while I healed.

I had to go to the dentist every 2 weeks for adjustments for about 3 months. Then I was able to not have to go for 3 months. I had gotten used to them. My clients love my new look and are very happy for me.

Cut to January 2017. I go in to the dentist, he takes new impressions, has me text him pictures of what my teeth originally looked like, and he HANDMADE my permanent set. Now I look like I used to other than I have pretty teeth now.

This was an experience I do not wish for anyone. It was necessary for me and for a lot of people. Don’t get this done over a few teeth. I had 16 teeth already pulled or rotted out and the remaining ones were starting to go too. That’s the only reason I did it. I am NOT good at taking pain (thank God for c-sections instead of natural childbirth – that’s a WHOLE different story). I am glad I did it though. It’s worth it in the end.

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