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Abutments (OMG): Dental Implants


I went to get my dental implants uncovered and abutments put on. First let me say I’m getting my work done at the VA hospital and I am incredibly grateful.

Now…I have four on top and four on the bottom.

First, they had to numb me. I normally don’t have any issues with the needle, but they had to numb my entire mouth. That meant at least twenty sticks in my gums! In the roof of my mouth (that was the worst!) and under my tongue. Everywhere! The numbing was by far the worst part. Cutting through the gums and adding the caps was ok. But the whole time they are doing it, I’m tensed up and expecting more pain at any second!

For anyone who must get this done on your entire mouth, get sedated if you can!

When they were done, they took X-rays to make sure the abutments were seated properly and then they had to stitch me up! I have never been so glad for a procedure to be over!

Now I just have to wait for the stitches to fall out and the swelling to go down. Then I get to go in for impressions! I keep hearing that all of this is worth it in the end…I’m sure it will be, but this has been a long and grueling process. Like I said in an earlier post:

Dental Implants are not for the faint of heart!

I was given Hydrocodone for pain and boy have I needed it! Bear with me if you don’t see me for a few days…I’m just healing…


I want to hear what you think!