Like everyone else I feared going to the Dentist. I had Periodontal disease and it ran in the family.. I knew about it for years but for a good part of my life I manged to squeak by and my teeth looked "ok" since I altered my smile most of the time to not show too much..
But as I got older I noticed the gums receding more but still blew it off.. then I started getting tooth aches in the back and thatís when the tooth starts to slowly rot.. I dealt with it and it went away then I noticed one of the back teeth was loose.. I kept playing with it with my tongue and one day it just fell out and left a hole in the back.. then another one did the same thing.. it wasnít until the front tooth came loose that I finally panicked and knew I couldn't hide that if it fell out so I went in to the Dentist..
sure enough I knew going in what was going to happen.. I needed all of my top pulled and partial on the bottom.. he said we could set in immediate dentures but also gave the option (and I asked for it) about the really expensive permanent dentures..
I went in and they give you a couple pills before hand and a prescription to fill out (oxycodon) etc.. and laughing gas.. they shoot in Novocaine in the gums and he started pulling.. I didn't feel a thing except the needle for the Novocaine..
slipped in the dentures and I went home high as a kite and feeling no pain.. I took some pics that I will attach here of before and after..
It's day 3 and I cant eat, I went back in and he adjusted them and I complained that they looked "too big" which is apparently very common in the beginning.. I can talk but have obvious issues speaking and since the swelling isn't gone I still look like bucky the rabbit!
I feel a couple sore spots but pushing through it as I don't like to take meds that often and that Oxycodone took me for a ride and I think right now it's a bit overkill and not taking it..
My biggest fear is that the front top wont look right... the bottoms are perfect but the top makes me look like i'm going to rip a child in half on Halloween passing out candy so I wont smile .. I don't like wearing plastic in my mouth and want the permanent ASAP! 6-7 months I'm told..
the moral to this story is that since I kept pushing it off I lost bone mass in the top and had to have the holes filled with bone regeneration material BEFORE I can opt for the more expensive permanent implants..
I go back Thursday to have the top stitches removed.. and hopefully shave down this top denture since it feels like it's "pushing out" under the nose area and when I smile all these teeth and gum show which is not normal for my smile or look..--> and I want -->
Don't wait and go right away.. imo
If anyone has any questions or advice please reply