Dental Implant Horror to Begin

Next Thursday I’m getting two front teeth pulled. It’s the first step in what is going to be a year and a half long process of getting an implant (and a fake tooth next to it). I am so anxious about this. I know that in terms of all the bad things one has to go through, this is nothing, but still. Actually, it is nothing, isn’t it? I mean, it won’t be fun, but I should be glad I live in a time when I have this alternative and don’t have to live a life in dental pain and bad dentures.

Alright, that is going to be my position from now on.

I have to eat soft foods for a couple of days and all I’ve come up with so far is yogurt, macaroni and cheese and a baked potato. Oh! Sandwiches, hummus, baba ganoush. Still, I need more soft food ideas.

What is this? I saw this in the Brooklyn thrift store I mentioned last week.

Stacy Horn

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12 thoughts on “Dental Implant Horror to Begin

  1. Cottage cheese, pudding, milk shakes. I went through the implant process with a front tooth last year. And the end result is worth it. However, I still don’t bite directly into anything. I chew on the sides. My dentist tells me that the implant/crown are very strong and I can trust it, but my bank account tells me I can’t afford to do this again! You will be fine. I had IV sedation for the extraction and the implant and had no pain problems at all, not even afterward. Enjoy the comfort food!

  2. When you have those teeth yanked, find something like a bag of frozen peas to use as an icepack. The things they give you are not as effective as they might be. I had oral surgery some years ago, on a day when there was heavy wet slow coming down. I grabbed a big fist full of wet snow and slapped it on my face, and it was twice as effective at stopping swelling and reducing pain. A bag of frozen peas or corn works almost as well.
    I think that doodad is a portable compressed air reservoir. That little nipple on the side is where you fill it up, and you use the hose to fill your tires.

  3. I had trouble with my teeth recently: I lived for three days on yogurt and V8. A little voddy in the V8 helps.

    That is, it helped me give thanks unto the ADA, and mercy unto The Powers That Be that allowed me to live in a time of Novocaine and hygenic dentistry even if it costs an obscene amount of money. The V+V8 helps make that less painful too.

  4. That does not sound fun, but it will one of those things that will soon be a distant memory and you’ll be better off for it. I hope they’re the lower teeth. Do you have a blender? You could make all sorts of smoothies and soups would be good as well, like split pea. Good luck!

  5. Acorn or other squash baked in the microwave or regular oven
    Sweet potato (again, oven or microwave)
    Baked apple with cinnamon
    Avocados (guacamole! Yum!!!)
    Tofu (if you’re so inclined)

    Good luck, Stacy!

  6. I can match your teeth pulling/implant story with my jaw surgery story.

    Car wreck dislocated both sides of my jaw and broke the jaw in the chin area which meant two years of braces, jaw surgery to put my the lower part of my jaw together with the upper part of my jaw with screws (which show up bright and shiny on the x-rays), plastic implants in my jaws where the bone was too fractured to put back together with screws and wires, wired shut for a couple of weeks, etc. At least you will be finished fairly quickly…

    I subsisted on Ensure for about four months. Yuck.

  7. Ohmygod Karen! I mean, for the love of GOD. You poor freaking thing. When did that happen???? Jesus. My poor implant story doesn’t even belong in the same universe with your story.

    Thank you everyone for all the food recommendations, because honestly, not knowing how to cook I just don’t have a very good imagination for food. Karen (sister-in-law Karen) I knew you’d come through, of course.

    Thank you Dan for the frozen peas recommendation. GREAT idea!

  8. That’s an air tank. You can toss that in the back of the truck, drive down to the station and have it filled. A handy thing to have if you need to let air out of a tractor tire for soft ground but need to get it back up to the right pressure afterwards.

    Hope the dentist went well. That gives me chills to think about.

  9. Thanks. Yeah, I remember when friends told me about getting implants and I just prayed and prayed and prayed iI would never need to go through this and well, here I am!

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