Dental Appointment Done: New Impressions!

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My Before Face

I had my follow up dental appointment after having the bone shaving surgery. Leading up to the appointment I was a little stressed. This has been a really long journey and I’m so ready for it to be over!

Doc was feeling positive when she saw how well everything had healed up. She said that the whole shape of the inside of my mouth has changed so we took new impressions.

Let me just say, impressions are not my favorite! I have a really bad gag reflex and it sucks, but I got through it. Doc made me another appointment to see her in a week! That means we are moving forward to the next step!!

I am so thankful to God for setting all of this in motion. God knows your heart and what you need and desire. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for these things. God loves you!

Dental: 2nd Surgery in the Morning

So, the time has come for my minor setback to be rectified with surgery. Tomorrow, I will go under to have extra bone shaved on both sides of my mouth. To be honest, I’m a little stressed. I know that everything will be fine, but I just hate that we have to take a few steps back from where we were. The pictures are casts of what my mouth looked like when I first came in. Yikes!!

So, after I heal from this surgery, I will have to submit more impressions. At that point, hopefully everything looks good and we can move forward! March will be a year without teeth and to be honest, I’m sick of it. I just want my smile back…it’s not even about eating for me. I just want to look in the mirror and see someone I recognize.

Hubby took off work, so we can be at the hospital tomorrow morning by 6 am, so I’m just going to try to take it easy today…I feel a bit agitated and anxious, but it is what it is…

Impressions for Finals: Dental Implants

I had the first of my five FINAL appointments for my dental implants! They changed out the abutments (caps), and then took upper and lower impressions for my final set. I go back next week to do a different kind of impression; I don’t know anything more than that and then I have one more appointment a week later.

After those three appointments, I’ll be waiting for my final set to be made! Yay! I can’t believe it’s been 9 months! OMG! This has been a long and tedious process, but I see from the online support group that some people have had it harder than me.

I’m thankful that I’ve had my husband and son’s support through the entire process. They have really stood by me. Alot of people in the support group have said, they were disappointed because their new smile isn’t like their old one, so I’m trying to prepare myself in the case that I look different. It’s ok if it’s different. It’s still gonna be beautiful!

Recovery Can Just Mean Rest


Recovery? (sigh)

I’m still recovering from my abutment procedure. I’ve only had one of the stitches come out so far. Still a few to go. I’m not as sore as I was so things are going well. I’ve been taking 500mg Tylenol every 4 hours just to keep the pain under control.

It’s funny how the less you do, the more tired you are. I get tired easily right now and I’m sure it’s due to this healing process. Not much to bring to the table today, but I’m grateful to be alive!

If you happen to be dealing with something heavy right now just know that it’s ok to rest. It’s ok to take a break and just BE. Every day doesn’t have to be a marathon…and a lot of times mental rest is just as important as physical rest.

6 Month Checkup: Dental Implants

I had full mouth dental implants placed on March 31st and today will be my 6-month checkup. I’ll find out if I am healed enough to go onto the next step which is adding the abutments.

Am I nervous? A little. I just want to keep moving forward. It’s been a long road with no teeth. My eating has gotten better, so that’s not that much of a hinderance anymore, but I’m anxious to see my new smile!

Sometimes I worry that the teeth won’t look right, but you know what? God set this whole thing into motion, and He always goes beyond anything you could imagine. I’m confident everything will be wonderful…because of Him. God has never let me down and He won’t today. Even if I have more healing to do before the next step, He’ll give me the patience to endure.

I will be sure to let you all know what happens!

Update: Crazy Dental Implant Journey

As some of you may know I’m in the process of getting dental implants. It’s been 6 months since my extractions (all remaining teeth), and it’s been tough. But let me just say, I know it could be so much harder! I’m on a dental implant support group on Facebook and some people have some real horror stories!

I opted to not have “temporaries” while I am healing, so I’ve spent the last 6 months toothless. It’s not pretty, but I wanted my gums free while healing. I have an appointment to check on the status and put in the abutments (or caps) on October 13. It’s been a long time coming!

When I first knew that I needed the implants, I started researching and boy was I surprised at how much they were going to cost! The highest quote I got was $47K and the lowest was $12K. At that point, I was really discouraged, BUT GOD.

I was able to get all the implant work done at the VA Hospital for free. In order to get free dental, you must have a service-connected disability at 100%. So, for me that means I am retired and getting disability from the military. I didn’t know that the VA would pay for implants, and I am so thankful they do. Otherwise, I would not be able to afford them! God is incredibly good!

Any other Implantees out there?