Looks like I'll finally get to have some dental work done and I'm probably going to have a lot of my back teeth taken out. For those who have dentures or partial plates, can anyone let me know a little about what I might expect? I want to eat a relatively healthy diet while I'm recovering, but I wasn't sure how long the recovery period might be etc.
Roh, I had all of my upper teeth pulled and a denture put in place last year. My dentist wanted to see me the next day and I was told to eat 'soft food'. I did have a few stitches too. I pretty much subsisted on yogurt, cottage cheese, V8 juice and soup for a few weeks. I really couldn't eat all of my regular foods for probably a month or more. It was difficult to go without salads and I don't like mushy cooked vegetables except for potatoes of course. As a diabetic I really shouldn't do the potatoes too much as even though I love them. I doubt that your dentist will pull both upper and lower at the same time or maybe he/she will do one side at a time. I have read that the mouth is one of the fastest healing parts of our bodies. You will probably have some bone chips work their way through your gums too and they can be kind of painful until they come out. You will probably be going back every week or so for a while so the dentist can look for and ask about sore spots and make adjustments. All in all I am very happy with my upper denture. I now have a beautiful smile.
Good luck. I'm sure you will be fine. You'll get a prescription for antibiotics before hand and one for pain. I love my dentist. I wish you lived out here so you could go to him.
Well, I don't have anyone to take me so I'll just be careful - luckily I found a dentist that is only about two miles from my home, almost a straight shot. Or I could take the bus if I got desperate. I could probably SERIOUSLY use a xanax at this point. Know how doing scary things is supposed to get easier as you go along? It seems like this is getting harder as I go! I am focusing on how much I want to get the infected bits out of my head, as incentive to go.
Rob looks like one of my posts got lost. It was probably my fumble fingers.
To answer your question about talking. It was kind of different but I don't remember having a problem or anyone saying I sounded funny.
Another thing I ate a lot of was refried beans with green enchilada sauce and cheese. I used canned beans and sauce but you could make your own before hand.
I'm sorry you don't have anyone to go with you. Yes they do say adversity is supposed to make you stronger but where does it say you have to go through it alone. I drove myself home after carpal tunnel surgery but my mom was with me. I take it your spouse doesn't drive? She could still go with you couldn't she?
Let me/us know when you're getting all this done. I'll be sending encouraging thoughts your way until then and afterwards too.
She drives far better than I do but dosen't currently have a valid license. It looks like I can get by with one root canal and one extraction, the other dentist I went to was making the situation sound way worse than it really was. I like my new dentist, she is wonderful and has a "can do" attitude. the dental office has various specialists working there, so they can give referrals that are all preferred, and it's much better than the other place.
It's sad... I picked a small loval office in the first place, trying to support the little guy, but he tried to cheat me. Meanwhile the big group office is being really great with personalized attention! Either way, I'm looking forward to chewing peroperly again. Maybe doing a couple art commissions will help me pay for that root canal.
Alright Roh! It is so important to like your dentist/doctor. Whenever I have to go to a mechanic I always feel that I am being cheated because I'm a woman.
I still need to have some work done on my bottom teeth. I have one molar that a piece broke off and I know it happened because of the dentist who originally filled the cavity - he drilled way too much good tooth out. This was in Springerville, Az., and he was the only dentist around. Everybody called him Jack the Ripper because he seemed to like causing pain. It's funny now but it sure wasn't back then.
Glad I didn't go to that guy! The first dentist I tried in this area (the small office) was so bad that I went to him to fix three broken teeth and walked out without getting any more than an exam and x-rays. It took him a week to even get me a price quote because I 'needed so much done' and the office staff complained about it.
To contrast, this office is friendly and proactive. The cap that "needed immediate replacement," turned out to be just a "watch it and wait" type of deal. Doctor = caring and understanding, and wanting to save me money. Office staff = optimistic and friendly. Nobody tried to make me feel bad for not seeing a dentist in so long. They were just like "okay, now we can get you better care and heal things up."
Got one of my bitty little teefs (ha ha) yanked... doc was awesome, seriously awesome. Bill a lot higher than expected but I was able to afford it because I just completed my first legitimate art commission last weekend. (For those who are curious, I finally got around to getting a domain and starting a webstore where I can properly showcase my art and work for commission.)
So, on one hand, things are already spent from that sale, but on the other hand, I am short one rotten tooth! Now to find a way to finance the root canal for the other one, and that means I won't have to worry about a partial plate for quite a few more years. I already feel much better and the doc was so good that I barely even need OTC pain relievers to control the pain less than one day later.
I'm working to avoid eating too much junk during recovery. Still don't want wheat or most other grains, but I did have some Thai rice noodles because they are soft, some avocado, cheese, bananas, pomegranate juice, prune juice, that kind of thing. Also supplementing with probiotics to offset the antibiotic effect on my digestion.
Thanks for the kind thoughts! If anyone wants to see my sparkling new domain, it's at http://www.rohvannynshaw.com . I'm trying to put up new stuff every week or so, and it's cool because you can commission originals as well as buy prints or cards, and you can even send free ecards from there.
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