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Moving Teeth…

I guess they say pain is a good thing…that means my teeth are moving! Yay for moving teeth, boo for the pain it causes! It’s more of a soreness then pain i guess…but it does make it uncomfortable to eat. Everytime I accidentally push my front teeth, they hurt. Oy, I guess that just means it’s doing it’s thing. The holes in my mouth are getting better…i just wish they would close up so that I don’t have to squirt it anymore.

So over the weekend I was running around different stores looking for wax to put on my braces…who knew they were so hard to find! The wires are starting to stick out so it’s been irritating my cheeks. The wax really does help…so after going thru several stores, I finally found some at Walgreens. So I bought all 6 that they had out…that should last me a week!

It seems like the soreness comes in phases…i’ll be fine for a couple of weeks and then it’ll start to hurt for a week. I’m hoping it gets better by Turkey Day cuz I want to eat!


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All is well…

I went in for my follow up appointment with the oral surgeon today…it really took less than 5 minutes. I sat in the chair, he came in, took a syringe, cleaned out the holes, told me to swallow each time and that was it! He said I was healing nicely and everything looked good. Great! Now, on to the business part. As some of you may already know by reading my previous posts, there was a mix up at the office. Instead of just having 4 of my bicuspids extracted, all 8 was pulled out. This would’ve cost me over $2K when I had only estimated about $900 for the whole thing. So of course I was mad and I wouldn’t have paid him more than I was estimated. So I went in there, ready to battle with him if I needed to. Turns out I didn’t…he understood that there was a miscommunication and he was willing to just let me pay what I was going to pay. So it all worked out in the end! As a bonus, the wisdom teeth extractions won’t even be counted towards my yearly allowance for 2009 so now I have more to spend on my teeth next year! Woohoo! Not that I plan on doing anything more to it! But it’s good to know that they were willing to fix their screwup and not screw me over. I am happy now.

My mouth is getting much better. It’s not as sore anymore and I’m pain free. I can finally eat now! Yay!

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Getting Wired…

So it is day 3 after my oral surgery…i’m still feeling the achiness and soreness..guess that’s normal.  I’ve been taking the pain killers at night and boy does that knock me out!  I’ve been falling asleep at 7pm for the last two nights…it really does work cuz i don’t feel the pain in my mouth…until i wake up the next morning.  I don’t know why it’s always worse when I first wake up.

Today is the day i get my wires put in…i’m kinda dreading it because i have no idea what it’ll feel like.  Especially just having my extractions done not too long ago, i am not anxious to have anything done to my mouth.  So i get to the office and sit in the chair and wait for them to start.  The assistant comes over and starts working on me…she has two thin wires in her hands and starts on the top.  I first ask her is this going to hurt?  She said no, you’ll just feel a bit of pressure but the pain will come a couple of days later…great.  So she snaps it in, gets it into the brackets, do some twisting and she’s all done!  That was quick…and relatively pain free.  I only felt a bit of pressure but that was it.  So it was pretty easy, all done in about 10 minutes.

So far it’s not too bad…i think having the wires in look much better then just having the brackets in.  Makes it somehow normal looking.

I must say, I am getting a wee bit tired of soup though…that’s what i’ve been having mostly for the last week or so.  Maybe i’ll come up with something different to eat…i can only have so much soup!

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Day 2 after surgery

Well, it’s the day after my surgery…i’m really starting to feel the soreness and achyness….on top of that, I have a headache.  I haven’t taken any of the prescription pain killers yet, I’m holding out on it…but i think i may lose the battle and just take one.  I’m glad i don’t have to stuff gauze in my mouth anymore…the taste was just not good.  And i can talk now…barely but at least i don’t have cotton stuffed in my cheeks.  I’m still not able to eat so all I’ve been having is soup and applesauce…not much variety there but not much I can do either.  There’s just a constant ache in my jaws…and i can’t open wide.  Hopefully that’ll get better soon.

Update on the oral surgeon office.  So the doc called me the night of my surgery and wanted to make sure that i was okay and that i am taking my antibiotics.  He also mentioned that he’ll take care of the mix up of having all my teeth pulled and that he’ll fix it so that I would be happy.  I guess we’ll talk more about it when I go in next week for my checkup.  Hopefully that’ll be all squared away and I won’t have to pay more then what was originally planned.  That made me feel better.  Now if only i can heal quicker.

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So I went in this morning to have my extractions done.  I am hoping they don’t mess up this time and I actually get in.  Before I went in, I called my orthodontist office to see if it’s a good idea to reschedule my wires appointment since they are so close together.  She suggested that I move it to Thursday instead so that I have time to heal.

I head into the oral surgeon’s office and they bring me into a room.  They said that my husband can come in with me until they put me out.  So he came in and they were prepping me for the surgery.  It wasn’t long before he gave me the anesthesia that I went out…last thing i remember was the pinch in my arm…seconds later, I was knocked out.

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the chair and the nurse led me to the recovery area.  My mouth was still numb…i felt like i had some kinda instrument propping up my jaws cuz my mouth was wide open.  I was still in and out at this point so I think they just needed to keep it open for awhile.  As i was laying there, I heard her bring someone in next to me.  It was curtained off but I could hear her sobbing…i mean she was crying pretty hard.  I don’t know what she had done but she sounded like she was in alot of pain.  I’m glad i wasn’t in her situation.

I was laying there for awhile and I kept thinking where’s my husband…i want Brian…he should be here by now.  I drifted out for a bit and then the nurse came in to check on me and to see if i was coming out of it.  I couldn’t talk so I nodded.  She then brought Brian in and I was so happy to see him.  The nurse had to take the stuff out of my mouth…it was just gauze…bloody gauze…ewwww.  She then stuffed new ones in and gave me a bag of new gauze so that I can change it every hour or so.  The doc came in to check up on me and said that it all went well, the 4 front ones were taken out and so were all her wisdom teeth.   WAIT…what the hell?  I had my wisdom teeth taken out as well?!?!?  I was suppose to only have the 4 front ones for my braces!  I’m confused….

We went out to the car, I was still wobbly at this point and we went home.  Brian helped me get out of the car and into our room.  I start to feel the numbness go away…oh boy…i’m starting to feel it.  So I’m sitting there and I had Brian call the doc back because I wanted this all taken care of.  I wanted to know why my wisdom teeth were taken out when I was only suppose to 4 of my front ones done.  The issue wasn’t that I didn’t want them done, I had to take them out sooner or later anyway.  The issue was that my insurance didn’t cover everything.  If had I split them up I would’ve only had to pay about $900.  But if i did them all at once, I had to pay $2200!  Of course I wasn’t going to fork over $2200!  That’s why I opted to split them up!  So Brian was on the phone trying to explain this to him…i doubt there’s anything we can do since obviously they screwed me over twice!  It was the same girl who took down my appointment and messed that up too.

So now not only am I in pain but my wallet’s in pain…this is 2.5x as much as I had budgeted…on top of the braces that I have to pay for, that’s alot of money that I don’t have right now!  And that really pisses me off!  The doc said he’ll see what he can do but i doubt there’s anything he can do.  All i know is that I’m not recommending him to anyone.  And I will go to my orthondontist and tell them that so they don’t recommend anyone to them either!

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Ahhhhhh….I am so thankful for whoever invited Canker Covers!  They are the greatest invention ever!  I was in so much pain from the brackets rubbing against the side of my face!  It had gotten so swollen, to the point where it hurts just to breathe.  Ugh, I thought I had to live with the pain for another week before it went away.  So I started surfing the net to see if there’s anything I can do to relieve the pain and came across a forum for people with braces.  I checked it out and lots of people were recommending this product called Canker Covers.  It sounded pretty good so I decided to give it a try and stopped by Rite-Aid on the way home.  So I immediately tried it on when I got home cuz I couldn’t bear the pain anymore.  It came in a round, pill-like tablet.  You hold it against the sore in your mouth for 20 seconds and it sticks there and 30 minutes later it forms a gel patch over the sore.  I immediately felt some relief…i think the fact that something was covering the sore really helped.  Even though the review said that the sore is healed the next day, I was skeptical.  I didn’t think it would really work that fast.  I was wrong.  The next day, I felt like the sore had really healed.  It wasn’t bothering me as much and the swelling has gone way down.  The gel usually dissolves after 8 to 12 hours.  I decided to keep using it until the sores are all healed.  That product is amazing.  I highly recommend it for anyone that experiences canker sores periodically.  I will stock up on that for sure!

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Today is the day I get my 4 extractions done…or so I thought.  I’ve been feeling anxious about the since the night before, I know it’s not as bad as getting impacted wisdom teeth pulled out but I’m still having four teeth yanked out, that can’t be fun.  Since they are putting me to sleep, thank god for that, I was to fast for 12 hours…so no breakfast for me.  My appointment is at 12:30pm so we head out there around 12:15, it was really close to our office.  Brian and I walked up to the front door and as he was trying to open it, it wouldn’t budge…looks like it was locked.  I was thinking, that’s odd, why lock the door during business hours?  I peer in the window and there’s a lady at the front desk, mouthing “we are closed”.  Maybe I read her lips wrong, but closed?  How can you be closed when I’m scheduled for oral surgery!??!  She comes over and unlocks the door for us and tells us, “We are closed for the day, can I help you with something?”.  I managed to not blow up at her and say that I was scheduled for oral surgery right now.  She looked confused…so she goes over to check her appointment book and told us that they had rescheduled all appointments a month ago and had called everyone already.  Uh…obviously you missed a big one cuz you forgot to give me a call!  I was getting kinda angry at this point.  How can they mess up like this?  How unprofessional is that?!?!  It’s not like I’m scheduled for an exam, it’s freaking surgery!  She keeps looking at the damn book, trying to figure out what went wrong.  Obviously, I wasn’t in there.  Then she looks at my file and tells me that I was a will call.  WTF?  Will call?  I am here to pick up my concert tickets?  So I calmly tell her no, she’s wrong, I was given an appointment slip and I was SCHEDULED for surgery today at 12:30pm.  As you may already guess, I’m not going into surgery today.  Another nurse came in and mentioned that it was probably her that put the will call on my folder cuz it looked like my appointment was “erased” in the book so she “thought” i was going to call in and schedule one.  Idiots.  Well, I don’t blame the two nurses that were there, I blame the freakin’ airhead that couldn’t be bothered with writing my appointment down in the book.

So my extractions are rescheduled until Monday at 9:30am.  So now I have the whole weekend to freak out about it.  At least now I can attend the concert that I had originally canceled because I thought I would be recovering from surgery over the weekend.  That’s the silver lining in all of this.

I don’t know how i’ll feel next week.  I am suppose to have my wires put in on Tuesday.  The original plan was to have the extractions done a few days before the wires go in so that I can have time to recover.  Now I don’t know if I should postpone the wires or just suck it up and do it as scheduled.  Heck, if I’m loaded up on vicodin might as well do it.  Hopefully nothing else will go wrong…

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