I’m soooooooo excited! My new teeth (dentures) are ready to go in!!!!! If you missed any of the story, check out my past posts on my dentures. Today I had my final pre-denture appointment today at Ballwin Dental Care with Dr. Dan which is what these pictures are from. So those are my real new teeth sitting there, but part of the gum/base is still in wax and they will finish that up this week and send it to Dr. Loveless at St. Louis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
I go on October 26 to Dr. Loveless who will surgically remove the rest of my icky old teeth and he will immediately put in the dentures, upper and lower, for me. They use IV anesthesia for me luckily and I highly recommend this to anyone – it is sooo much better than just being “numb” during major dental work. I had the IV anesthesia when they removed my icky back teeth several weeks ago and I don’t remember any of it!
Now, it is still going to be painful after it’s all done, and uncomfortable, but that’s okay. No pain, no gain, right? I have lived with such awful teeth for so many years now that this small window of time that it takes me to heal, adjust, and re-learn with my new teeth will be so worth it to me. My focus is on the end result. I will have to learn to adjust to having a full set of teeth in my mouth, which I haven’t had in years (various teeth have been removed over the years), plus I will have to learn to speak with the dentures in and even learn to chew again. I had so many years of dental work, and thousands of dollars in expense, in trying to save and repair the old teeth and it was miserable and painful and caused a lot of fear for me. Having this goal of a beautiful new smile and teeth I am not ashamed of though makes this denture process all worth while.
I have been getting tons of private messages and emails and in-person private conversations about this entire process. This is one of the reasons I am sharing, just like I do with so many difficult things in my life. Not everyone is an open book like me, but being able to read and watch my struggles with real life things seems to help others and that makes me so extremely happy that it is hard to put in words. I plan on sharing more after I get the dentures actually in on how it feels, the re-learning process and everything with you all (who are interested). My goal is to do a video (probably on Periscope) each day after I get them to share my progress and how I feel each day. For me, when I am approaching a major event like this, I love hearing the real story from people I know (even if only virtually) and trust. That is what I am going to try and do for all of you.
One of the most common questions I have is why I didn’t do implants. The simple answer is COST. It would be $30,000-$40,000 for me to get a full set of teeth as implants. I just do not have that much money to spend. Instead I opted for a good set of full upper and lower dentures. The upper dentures people tend not to have too much trouble with because the suction is there with the way our mouths are built. The lower dentures is where people have more problems. The dentist told me he thought I would be okay, for now, without having “snaps” to help the lowers stay in place, but we can add them later if we need to.
The entire process I am doing is still quite expensive though which is why I set up a “Robyn’s New Smile” GoFundMe. I am amazed at the generosity of everyone thus far. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who have contributed already and shared! Most of you know, that even with dental insurance, this process is still very costly. My total cost is $9,821 for the dentures and oral surgery and you all have generously donated $1,215 already!
For those of you who are having serious failing teeth issues, please check in with your dentist and see what options are available to you. For those of you who are BIG CHICKENS AND AFRAID OF THE DENTIST, find great dentists and doctors to deal with who understand your feelings like I did – it makes a world of different. The availability of IV anesthesia for dental work also helps incredibly for those who are as fearful as I have been.
I am happy to answer any questions I can, just leave a comment or contact me privately if you don’t want it to be public on my blog.[signoff]
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