I am officially at 1-month post e-day! I have decided I would just do an update on the topic once a month for a bit. With being at a moth mark I wanted to share my thoughts with you all. Grab a cup of hot chocolate!
From the get-go, I have been told this journey ends in only two ways–
- people love their new teeth and how they feel –or–
- people hate their new teeth and how they feel.
There really isn’t an in-between. If I was to be honest– I’m really hoping I can get on a better track with it soon. If I judged now– I would be on the hate side. But I really want it to be all sunshine and rainbows by now. I am trying to stay positive and convince myself it can be better yet.
Week one was difficult. I expected this though. When you think that they just pulled out a LOT of teeth. Teeth that weren’t “loose” but were damaged. Those are going to hurt and those have to heal. But if I was to be honest with you, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I’m not sure if it was that I thought it would be worse or maybe because the openings weren’t “open”. They were covered by my partials which seems to have protected them in some manner.
At week two, I began with my adjustments. I was immediately very happy with how everything turned out. I couldn’t imagine how much better it all fit. I had one problem with the angle of the adjustment. It was cutting my tongue but they got it fixed the next day. So week two was more comfortable and I was finally able to say good-bye to having ibuprofen daily (my work hours are long and I can’t just go take out my partials, so I was taking ibuprofen while I was at work often).
I was convinced that week three the struggle was over. I could be happy with my partials. I was able to use glue on my partials so they felt really secure. I wasn’t in any pain. I was learning to eat again (even if I never made it to real solids). I really thought I was out of the woods.
Boy was I wrong! Week four had challenges I wasn’t ready for. I guess maybe because I thought I wouldn’t have pain anymore. Out of nowhere my bottom gum started hurting. In a place it hadn’t ever hurt before. No cushioning with glue helped either. It got so severe, I ended up leaving them out when I went to work a couple days. All together, I’m so uncomfortable that I just can’t handle it. I am guessing that the problem is some of the little bony pieces are trying to work their way out of my gums. But right at the moment, I can’t tell if it is that or if it is something more like the way my bones and gums are adjusting and it’s a permanent thing. Whichever it is, it is really making my partials fit poorly.
Now, I am holding onto hope that my partials CAN fit great again (like they did for the week) but only because I still have a soft reline avaliable. So, I could be doing another adjustment with a soft reline. I’m really nervous that it won’t really work. I need to double check when they can do the soft reline (I think they told me at least 6 weeks out). But I am kind of hoping that I can combine that with the one other tooth that they need to fix (one of my real teeth).
There you have it! I’m still not at sunshine and rainbows but I hope that I can get there still. I guess I feel very sad because I have been watching and reading other people. But it feels like they are really liking their teeth at this point. I’m just not there– not now. I thought I was.