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Determined to have a nice smile

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StartingNow

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Starting my journal now as I feel like I’ve taken the first real step today.

I had a bad experience with a dentist as a child and was terrified ever since aside from 1 emergency appointment a fair few years back it’s probably 20 years if not more since I went to a dentist.

It sounds silly but after having my daughter I decided I want to get my teeth sorted, I mean if you can go through childbirth the dentist should be a breeze right 😅

Anyway, my teeth are in a real state to the point I don’t smile with my mouth open and I’m really self conscious about talking to people in case they see my teeth. So in February this year I had my initial consultation and a whole raft of X-rays, I was booked in for a 1 hour hygienist appointment in March but my husband caught covid and then I lost my nerve to ring and rebook 😣

Last month I finally worked up the nerve to call and rebook my appointment and I went today to see the hygienist, I did almost run back out the door when she mentioned numbing my mouth but she used numbing gel first and in all honestly I felt nothing in my bottom jaw and the tiniest pinch in my top when she did the injections I was 100% pleasantly surprised.

The hygienist and the dental nurse were both absolutely lovely and really put me at ease, they said just to raise my hand if I needed a break which I did 2-3 times but they were really patient about it. Anyway in just under an hour all my teeth have had a deep cleaning and feel so much better.

I’m still at the start of my journey I’ve already been told I’ll need fillings, extractions etc but I’m not seeing my dentist until Monday 5th so won’t know my exact treatment plan until then. Honestly todays appointment has really put me at ease I’m just hoping all go as smoothly!
 
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Beccab213

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@StartingNow congratulations on taking the first step. As someone who has had fillings, root canals, extractions, and implants….I’ve learned that the anxiety is worst part. Keep us posted.
 
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Scaredbutready

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@StartingNow that’s an amazing step. Be proud of yourself. I agree with @Beccab213, I’ve had it all done and my own thoughts/fears have been worse than any actual procedure. Hope you proceed with the work, but For now, just be proud of what you accomplished!
 
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StartingNow

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Thanks all for the lovely replies, I woke up this morning and thought I’d dreamt it 😂

I’ve made sure to brush thoroughly today twice and used the peroxyl mouthwash which the hygienist recommended I’m actually looking forward to finding out the treatment plan now and to get the ball rolling.
 
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StartingNow

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So I went back today for my treatment plan, I need 9 extractions in total (8 are right at the back) but 1 is my front top right tooth I immediately told her I didn’t want to be without a tooth so she has suggested a “Maryland bridge” but I’ll have to wait a week for that 😔

Other than the extractions I need 7 fillings although she did say that some teeth needed more than one filling so it’s actually 4 teeth in total. She did say one may need a root canal but they don’t know that until it comes to it so I’m just hoping it won’t need one. I’ve booked for the first 2 extractions but my auntie (morale support) is on holiday the day I’ve booked for so I will be rescheduling.
 
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StartingNow

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I had my first 2 extractions today, tooth 17 & 18 one of which I believe is a wisdom tooth 😬 I was definitely most nervous for this appointment and felt sick and worried all morning, if I had gone on my own I’m certain I would have turned around and gone home. Luckily my auntie has been with me to all my appointments for morale support which really does help!

I got to the dentist at 2:30 and was done and dusted and back in the car at 3:02! I did have loads of injections, I lost count how many but I didn’t feel them as I had numbing gel first the worst thing about the whole process was 2 of the injections for some reason seemed to hit my gag reflex and I really did think I was gonna throw up 😣 I managed to breathe through it and after they were done the dentist left for 10 mins to let the anaesthetic work. The lovely dental nurse chatted with me for 10 mins until he came back.

In all honesty after the dentist returning he was only in the room 5 mins before I was done and on my way home! I can’t say enough how amazing he was I would 100% recommend!

I’m home resting and managed to eat a yoghurt and drink juice. I’m dying for a cup of tea and some proper food but I don’t want to risk getting an infection so I’m waiting at least 24 hours! I am amazed I have zero pain and all I’ve taken is ibuprofen I don’t feel like I need them but I’ll continue to take them regularly at least for the first couple of days.
 
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CarolinaAnne

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Congratulations on your extractions! Awesome it went so well. I am wishing you a speedy recovery. :)
 
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StartingNow

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Delayed update I had to cancel my appointment in November as I caught covid 😬 didn’t rebook till January because of Christmas etc.

Yesterday was 2 more extractions can’t remember teeth numbers but essentially exactly the same as last time but on the other side so that’s 2 from top left and 2 from top right gone now. Again no pain really although this side does feel a little bit more uncomfortable than last time I’ve taken regular ibuprofen just to keep on top of it.

The actual appointment again was so fast I was in and out within 25 mins…really can’t explain how amazing my dentist is but he’s a miracle worker!

Next appointment is booked for March for 2 lower extractions. After that will be another 2 lowers then one front tooth 😬 so 4 down 5 to go, hoping to be done with all extractions before the summer!
 
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