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Thursday, December 12, 2019

My Personal Oral Surgery Journey Part 2

You can read Part 1 of my implant experiences and what surgery I chose to do HERE.

I have to say that this is the most brutal surgery I have ever been through. When I walked into the oral surgeon's office, three doctors were there. They had an anesthesiologist (because my airway is narrow), the prosthesis doctor whom of which is doing my temporary bridges and implants, and the oral surgeon who was going to remove the rest of my teeth. As it turned out, I only had eight teeth left.

The teeth I had left before surgery

They put me under and began removing the teeth I had left.  The surgery took about seven hours, total. They were unable to place my bottom temporary bridge because the swelling was already pretty badly underway. They decided to do it at a different time (I got them this past Sunday).

The day after my surgery.

The swelling was already so awful during surgery that they could not put the bottom bridge in.

I have to say the weirdest thing is not being able to feel your teeth. It is also hard to judge distances with things like cups, because you cannot feel your teeth.  I almost feel like I have to learn to talk again because of the lisp from the bridges.

The doctors want to wait six months to put the implants in. They decided to do this so that the bone can heal.

I have had such a hard time with the bottom part of my mouth. The doctor put stitches in the gums twice, and they still popped. I think he thinks I was doing something I was not supposed to, like eating something I was not allowed to eat, but that isn't the case. It never occurred to me that my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome would play a part in popping the stitches. There were a lot of unforeseen complications due to that.

This is the second day after surgery.

These are pictures of the days after surgery, which I mostly slept and did not change clothes.

Trying to smile but due to the swelling, it was hard to show off my new teeth.

Despite the pain and the brutality of the surgery, I'm grateful to the doctors.

If I had to do it all over again, I don't know if I would do it all at once again or have multiple surgeries. I am still getting used to chewing and taking baby steps because I have to train myself to realize I have teeth again.

My teeth now after surgery in November.

I am very grateful to the team of doctors who made it possible for me to chew again.

The one problem I have is that I am scared of getting food under my temporary bridges. They end right at the top of my gum line in my upper jaw and the bottom of my gum line in my lower jaw.  I have prescription mouthwash I mix with Listerine, put it in the Listerine cap, take a syringe and fill it up, then use it around the openings to my bridges.  I can brush the bridges but not the soft tissue (gums) yet because they are still healing.  I have to say that is the most challenging part I am dealing with right now. I do not want to get food debris in there and cause an infection.

Also, with this surgery, you will be on a modified diet (that does not really effect me because I am on one with Gastroparesis anyway).  You cannot eat anything that you cannot cut with a fork - so basically soft foods for six months.

I will upload the paperwork to this article that the doctors gave me so that you can see what to expect during surgery and after surgery. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.

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