I did not want to get three posts from my dental work. Nope. No way. I was hoping to just put a note on my Sunday Random 5 that everything was done and you wouldn’t be saddled with sending sympathy and truckloads of gifts. Life didn’t work out like that.
This is a short recap. I needed to replace five veneers on my bottom teeth. That required two hours of prep on the first appointment. (Did you read that right? TWO HOURS!)
At my second appointment for installation, four of the new veneers didn’t fit together properly. They needed to go back to the lab. The first round took three weeks at the lab but the dentist assured me it wouldn’t take the long. Ha!
In a sense he was right. It was almost four weeks before I got the call to come back in. The day of appointment I got a call that the dentist had an emergency and wouldn’t be in for a week. I said bad words (in my head) and rescheduled.
Then I got another call saying the emergency was really bad and he wouldn’t be in until July. (More bad words in my head.) If you’ve kept count, it’s been eight weeks since I started this odyssey that was only supposed to take three weeks.
Normally I wouldn’t care since the temporaries don’t look bad except that I was chewing the inside of my mouth every time I ate. Something was misaligned (so says Dr. Google.)
I did salt gargles, peroxide gargles, mindful chewing and finally went on a liquid and slurry diet hoping it would heal. That worked until I ate real food again.
From start to finish it will be three months of chewing on the inside of my mouth until the final appointment (hopefully final unless they need to redo another one). The dentist’s partner graciously made a minor adjustment. The jury is still out on that. He talked about removing a veneer to shave down the tooth and put in a new one. (I have a crossbite that complicates things.) I’m still thinking on that.
Right now I’m having visions of backhoes in my mouth along with jack hammers and lord knows what else. Do not take eating for granted. Enjoy every morsel for me! I need to stock up on Ensure!