Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Immediate Doesn't Always Mean Right Now

When I first started the process of getting top dentures, I envisioned that the whole process would be done and over with by now.  Instead of taking the regular route with dentures, I opted for immediates.  I thought that to mean I'd have my teeth pulled and new ones put in.  Nope, thought wrong! I started the process in the beginning of November and it will be the middle of April before I'm finished.


Don't be alarmed, that's not a picture of the new cast member for an upcoming horror movie.  That's me last Friday afternoon after two torturous hours of having my top back teeth pulled. 

Being initially terrified of the dentist, I have to say that the staff being super-friendly is probably one of the very few reasons I keep going back.  Otherwise, I'd almost just give up and go on looking like something straight out of the woods. 

The visit wasn't pleasant at all. Even with nitrous, I was as tense as a cat in water.  The dentist yelled at me once, reminding me that breathing was a necessity.  He didn't like that I quit breathing for over 30 seconds.  There was a time when I could even feel him pulling out one of my teeth.  Once he understood that my panicking wasn't due to stressing out and was due to the fact that I could actually feel the excrutiating pain, he numbed me up some more.

Eight shots, four teeth, and two hours later I left the dentist office feeling like I had been put through the grindstone.  As soon as I got in the vehicle, I started bawling like a newborn baby and crying out for my mother.  I needed reassurance and comfort.  She was at her own doctor's appointment so I went home and waited for sleep to take over.  It took a few hours and lots of crying, but I finally got some rest. 

The pain pills I initially took made me so ill I felt like I was dying and I spewed forth any contents left in my stomach.  The ones I'm taking now seem to have no effect on dulling the pain.

Days later I'm still miserable.  I can't eat anything that doesn't resemble baby food and my speech is impaired.  It willl be a month before I go back to get the front teeth pulled and the immediate dentures put in.  The tissue from my sore gums has to heal first. 

That's okay, because someday, I will go from beast to beauty.

10 comments:

BusyWorkingMama said...

Oh my gosh you poor thing! I hope you feel better soon. I cannot even imagine going through that! I hope you will be able to eat soon. I have to say I have never heard of immediate dentures. I have one fake tooth that I've had since 16 (bad root canal cracked in half and had to be pulled) and my husband and I always joke about how cool it would be to just have a mouth full of fake teeth. Now I'm having second thoughts! Take care, Terra!

Momstart said...

Oh wow. You poor thing. I had three cavaties pulled and was a big baby over that. WOW, I feel very sympathetic to you. I hate going to the dentist. Hope it is all over sooner than April for you!

angie said...

I'm so sorry. My dad said that getting dentures was really painful and prolonged because it takes so much to get them adjusted properly.....

Marlene said...

Awww man, you get a medal for sainthood, having to go through all that!!! That looks terribly painful!!!

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I will have to go through this some day too. My current insurance doesn't cover it, so I will just have empty spaces where my teeth are pulled. I have 3 that need to be pulled asap, but dreading it.

rubynreba said...

I feel for you! Better days will come. I keep putting off going to the dentist because I hate it so bad! You're just going to have to think about how great it will be to have all done! Hang in there.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Hun I think your gorgeous no matter what! Your amazing going threw this. My husb as you know has horrible teeth that needs to go threw this same thing but he is fighting me on it tooth and nail ... now I understand the saying :)

I keep you in my prayers that it starts to feel better soon.

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Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Awww, I'm so sorry you have to go through this Terra. If I've learned anything from a tough situation, it's life give us what it thinks we can handle. Sometimes, I have NO idea why life thought I could handle what it's putting me through, but so far so good!

Just keep on the positive side-Like you said, this will all pay off one day :)

And no matter what you say, you could never be a 'beast!' You're beautiful no matter what and whoever says you aren't isn't worth your time!

Keep your head up :)

Nichol said...

Oh gosh Terra, first things first you are far far from a beast! Don't be so hard on yourself, but I completely understand what you mean. My bottom teeth make me from giving a full smile like I should. I dread the dentist every time I go, especially after having 4 wisdoms pulled in 2007 and not being able to take any pain meds after:( It was horrible. I hope you are feeling better...hugs.