Day 1--Extraction and Immediate Dentures.

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It's 9:00 a.m. here and I'm starting Day 2. 
Extraction day was nerve racking for me.  They laid me in the chair and hooked me up to everything and I was terrified.  Before I knew it, I was being woke up and crying for my husband.  They had me stay for a little bit and gave us all of the instructions and then I left.   We went to my prosthodontist office from there.  I had the gauze packed in my mouth and I was of course still numb but I felt no pain.  My prosthodontist made several adjustments to get them to fit to my gums.  I came home and eventually the numbness went away.  About 9:30 last night I could feel my gums starting to swell pretty good.  I took some Ibuprofen and went to sleep.  I've been awake for about an hour now and the swelling in my gums is still there and my cheeks are puffy but other than that I feel pretty good.  I go back to my prosthodontist this afternoon for more adjustments. 
As for how my dentures look, I couldn't love them more!  They look so good and I can't wait to show them to you all once I am healed and they aren't crooked from the swelling.  My husband couldn't stop talking about how good they look.  Oh, and I can talk!  I was afraid I wouldn't be able to talk at all!  There are some words a little hard to say and I have a lisp but I'm just glad I can talk!  So far I've ate Jello and applesauce.  I left the surgeons office and wanted real food so bad but I know that's going to take a while. 
Overall, I'm really happy y'all.  I'm not depressed about this at all.  I already feel so much better.  I didn't have any pain with my old teeth, they were just falling apart and embarrassing.  So having the dentures I already feel so much more confident.  I asked for a picture of my old teeth and they actually gave them back to me.  I looked at them once we left.  I said, "Wow, I can believe THAT is what was in my mouth.  That is awful and what I have looks so much better."  I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel and I can do this!  Any of you who are feeling down and think you can't do this, YOU CAN!  I told my husband the hard part is over, now I just have to heal and get back to my normal life.  I hope anyone that reads this, it helps you out.  I realize the experience isn't the same for everyone but I hope to pass along some light and positivity in this process and new way of life. 

I'll update this again in a day or two.
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Lauren

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Nancy E Colson

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So happy for you. And, every day will get even better.
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Lauren

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Thank you Nancy! I have a lot of hope that it will!
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Lauren that’s so wonderful! I’m so happy that you’re feeling good about it and you love your new smile so far. Gives me hope that I too will be happy with it in the end! Thanks so much for the update. Keep them coming!
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The anticipation was much worse than the reality. I have so much hope for you that things will go well for you and that you will be happy! I will definitely keep updating.

Do you have any updates with your process? I remember you saying you were waiting on pricing?
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Thanks so much, I really appreciate your support! Yes, I got my quote which was a bit more than anticipated. They quoted all teeth as surgical extractions. It’s possible that some will be straight forward so I could end up with a small refund after it’s all said and done. I’m not banking on it though lol. I thought it was 26 teeth, turns out it’s 27 because of a bottom wisdom tooth I never had removed. We can definitely remove it but apparently there’s a nerve in VERY close proximity to it. It’s a sensory nerve so there’s a 5-10% chance I could lose feeling in a portion of my face! We talked about leaving it, but the pressure from the dentures could potentially cause it to break through and then I’ll have a problem with the fit. Another option is to cut it below the gum line leaving the roots intact, but infection is possible and could lead to another surgery later on (at no extra cost, but still). Not sure what we’re going to do with that yet, I’m waiting for a call back. We also decided to do bone grafting while he’s in there because the plan is to get implants down the line. All of these things are driving up the cost but I still have about 1,200 from insurance and I was approved to finance the rest so that’s a relief. We set a tentative date for 6/24/2019, but I’m hoping to get in sooner. The anticipation is killing me! It feels too far away!!! Also I want to say kudos on being able to talk fairly easily! Fingers crossed everything else is just a smooth for you!
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Should be coming up soon, then?
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ohmyword30

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Hi Landon, yes indeed. Monday to be exact. They were able to get me in just a tiny bit sooner.
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Oh - and I had a wisdom tooth sectioned for the same reason - buig roots close to a nerve - and it's been A-OK for 3 years.