On my journey to a new smile

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helpmex

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#21
Hello all!

Another month has passed. And I’m back with another update.

On Tuesday I went in to do more fillings. This time was my two bottom left teeth. The novocain shot was quite painful and uncomfortable. I guess he saw me winced because he apologized and said the bottom is a little different. My whole left side, lip, and tongue was completely numbed. It took about maybe 20 mins or so to complete both. When I saw the tooth in the mirror I was shocked at how natural and pretty it looked (mind you one tooth was cracking with black lines)

Today I went in for more fillings. This time I did #10? I can’t remember the number but it’s the tooth next to my front teeth. There’s a big hole in the back. At first he told me a possible root canal needs to be done because it was a deep cavity and it’s very close to the nerves. I started to panic a little bit because I never got a root canal done before so I don’t know how that was going to be. But he told me he will try to do a filling instead. During the procedure I felt the drilling and vibrations but no pain. But I guess as he got closer to the nerves I felt slight pain. He told me it is very close to the nerves but he was able to do a filling for it.

He is fully booked for May so my next appointment won’t be until June. I have about 4-5 more fillings to do. Which is mostly just the front teeth. After the fillings are complete, the next three extractions will come and that will be my bottom right.

He also mentioned that he will discuss with me about getting braces or Invisalign to straighten out my teeth and fix my bite BEFORE starting the implants because with implants in, it’s gonna be harder. So we will see what the plan is once I’m done with my fillings. He told me it’s a lengthy process but he’ll get me there.

Well that’s all the update I have for now! Until next time. Thank you for reading.
 
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#22
Wow, you've had so much done since I last read your journal! Thank you for the updates- it is very encouraging. It sounds like you've found a really caring dentist too. I really enjoy following your story xx
 
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I agree with Spider,, you are doing so well and seem to to have a great caring dentist! If you could or wanted to get in earlier I would try now and again to see about cancels.. I work in a health clinic and things come up all the time, sick kids, unexpteced vacations, meetings at work etc.. you might be surprised you could get in sooner.
 
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helpmex

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Wow, you've had so much done since I last read your journal! Thank you for the updates- it is very encouraging. It sounds like you've found a really caring dentist too. I really enjoy following your story xx
Thank you for reading Spider. I honestly am so thankful for this forum because this forum and everyone on it helped me overcome this fear. My brother asked me the other day if I still fear going to the dentist after all these visits, and the answer is still yes. I still get nervous and anxiety when I walk in, but just knowing that I have a great dentist makes things a lot easier. All about trust and I really trust him. But thinking about going for the next three extractions still makes me heart beat fast.

I agree with Spider,, you are doing so well and seem to to have a great caring dentist! If you could or wanted to get in earlier I would try now and again to see about cancels.. I work in a health clinic and things come up all the time, sick kids, unexpteced vacations, meetings at work etc.. you might be surprised you could get in sooner.
I have tried a few times last month calling in on my off days or my early days to see if there were any cancellations with no luck. It seems that he is quite popular!
 
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Another month! Time is flying. Got two fillings yesterday. I am starting to lose my patience and dreading my visits again. I just want to get everything over with. I have two more fillings scheduled for next week. And they are the last fillings. And so he said we’ll move on to the next three extractions.

So I’m a little terrified of the extractions. With three missing on my top left and soon another 3 missing from my bottom right I’m just wondering how I’m going to eat. Being that it takes 3-4 months to heal, what am I gonna do with eating for a whole year. Sure I can chew slowly with my front teeth but we know how hard that is at times.

I just keep thinking to myself, like what have a I done to myself. Why did I put myself into this position. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very very proud of myself for bringing myself to get this done. I just hate the fact that it took me so long to fight my fears to get this done. I guess I can say I’m disappointed and just overwhelmed.
 
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Just got back from another filling. Today I had slight anxiety while he was doing this filling. I don't know why. While he was putting the novocaine in, I was having a little trouble breathing. I guess he noticed it because he asked if I was ok. During the procedure I felt my heart racing a little and I was trying very hard to keep calm and just breathe in and out. Obviously it was a little harder when you have your mouth wide opened. I felt myself tensed up a little bit, but I got through it. He only did one of my front tooth today, and I'll be going back for the other front tooth next week. I don't know why all of a sudden I get a anxiety attack today when I was fine throughout the other fillings and the extractions. Really strange..

So once I'm done with next weeks filling, I'll be scheduling an appointment for the next three extractions and bone graft on my bottom right teeth....