Dental Implants: I Have My Finals!!!

My dental implants are now complete! I’m just back from the dentist and I couldn’t wait to get on here and tell y’all that I finally have my new set of teeth!

For those that are new here, I had all of my remaining teeth extracted in March of 2022. Implants were installed and I opted to go without dentures until I could get my final snap-ins! I went and got them this morning!! I’m gonna be honest, this was a long, hard process but it was worth the wait!

I’m going to have to learn to talk and eat all over again, but that’s ok. I’m just gonna take it slow and it’ll get there.

I really appreciate everyone’s support. (I think I’m a little excited!!)

God, you are too good!

The Struggle is Real

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Do you struggle with depression? I do and it’s been harder lately. When I recognize this, I always ask myself, what have you been doing? This time, the answer is “isolating”.

It’s been a year now since I have been on the dental implant journey and I am at the last step, waiting for my finals. I don’t go out with girlfriends anymore. I’m in the house everyday with Moki and it’s driving me crazy. Then most people would say, Get out of the house!

Well, that’s easy to do when your money is right. Hubby and I are taking some steps right now to reduce bills, so we are restricting ourselves and it’s getting to me. LOL Shopping is out right now and it’s too hot to just be out for nothing.

I pray that God gives me the strength to overcome this bout of depression and move forward. It’s not easy, even when you know what it is…

Dutch Bros Saved Me!

Thank goodness for Dutch Bros!

Hey friends. Not much to update lately. I’ve been running on empty today but I think I know why. I took half of a sleeping pill last night and it always lingers. I try not to take them unless I can spend the next day relaxing.

I ended up having to go get some essentials from the grocery store, so I ended up stopping at Dutch Bros to get a pick-me-up. I ordered a Blended Rebel Shark Attack. It’s so good! It includes a Red Bull, y’all! The flavors are Blue Raspberry, Coconut, and Lime w/Pomegranate.

I have really fallen in love with Dutch Bros these last few months. My all-time favorite drink from them is the Orangesicle Frost. 😳 So good!

Ok. I got off topic! Sorry 😀

But like I said, not much is going on right now. I’m still waiting for the phone to ring in regards to my implants!

Dental Implants: Wax Try Ins!

I finally got to see and test out my wax try ins! My appointment was on Friday and I was a little nervous, but VERY excited.

Let me just say, when she first put them in, I was thinking: there is no way these look right! They fill up my whole mouth! I felt like I had a mouth full of blocks! Then she gave me the mirror and I immediately noticed the place between my upper lip and my nose looked poked out with my mouth closed. I then started doing that wide, wide crazy smile to see all of the edges of the denture. The doctor immediately told me to stop doing that and just relax!

So, I did. She had me say a few things and it didn’t feel comfortable AT ALL. She told me to go into the restroom by myself and look in the big mirror. She said just relax and smile and take pictures and just sit with them for a minute.

So, I did that…and believe it or not, it helped. I was able to turn this way and that way and really see what I looked like without judgement. When I went back into her office, she asked me how I felt. I took a deep breath and said OK. She told me she thought they looked great and she was pleased with how they came out. I was too.

Let me just say, they look a lot better than they feel! It’s like trying to talk (again) with a mouth full of blocks! But from what I’ve researched, that’s normal at first. I’m going to have to get used to talking normal in them and eating is going to be a whole other challenge, BUT I will have my smile back! Everything else I can work on daily in private.

My permanents should be ready in a few weeks!

I cannot end this post without saying Thank you to God for these implants!

Depression Slump

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I’ve been putting off blogging for the last few days. I was in a hole. I’ve got to admit, my depression had gotten the best of me. I ended up isolated for about a week and it wreaked havoc on my mental state. I often forget how important it is to get out of the house. It’s like I get stuck inside for a few days and the longer I stay in, the harder it is for me to get out.

During this “down” week, I’ve had lots of crazy dreams. I notice that they get weirder when I’m depressed. I was able to feel better over the weekend though. It helps that I can confide in my husband how I am feeling. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words, but he’s learned me over the last 6 years. I so appreciate his support.

I think part of the depression was due to stress. I had been overthinking my dentist appointment and just praying that we would be able to move onto the next step. I’m so thankful that the appointment was a success and my next one will be to check out my wax try ins! I’m almost at the end of this dental implant journey and it’s been a long time coming.

I think the implants and a few other things were just all wearing on me. The load got a little heavy. One day at a time.