I have a confession to make, I hate going to the dentist. For some reason they scare the heck out of me, always have.
Well I'll admit I haven't taken care of my teeth like I should. Also the military 'took care' of me with their dentists a few times when I had to deploy so that didn't help matters much. Well as it turns out I was better off overall for the health of my mouth to remove all of the bad teeth from my upper, and get a partial denture done on the bottom.
I went in last Thursday and had them pulled. To say that was an experience is saying the very least. I walked out of the office swollen, sore, and with my first set of full uppers and partial bottom dentures.
I can safely say that I wouldn't want to wish this on anyone. I have basically been on a liquid/soft food diet since getting them. I will be doing that for at least another 2-3 weeks to make sure my gums have healed up before I can use any type of adhesive on the uppers so I can have a little force while chewing.
That is another experience, trying to chew with these in. It's like my dentist told me, think of it like its a prosthetic, because it really is. You have to basically relearn how to chew, and yes speaking too. By the time I get my final set in 6 months, I should have everything down. Also my final set will be half the size and thickness the ones I currently have are so that should prove interesting on how that adjustment will go.
So here is another thing to think about. If there was TEOTWAWKI event, what will you do about taking care of your teeth? Trust me it's a pretty big thing as some of you I'm sure know. If you need teeth pulled I know how much fun it is with a deadening agent so there is little pain but what if there are no pain killers? One thing I now wonder is what will I have to do since I have dentures? These are things that have to be considered now.
Just a few questions to ponder for everyone.