1/2/15 – Today I go in to have oral surgery. They’re pulling 4 teeth in addition to cutting out my wisdom teeth. I’m a little nervous about them pulling out my teeth. The orthodontist didn’t put brackets on the the ones being pulled. Sure enough, the other night a bracket came out. I was flossing and the floss wrapped around the hook (where the rubber bands will attach) of the bracket. Before I had even realized this, the bracket popped right into my hand, glue and all. I put it in a baggy to take with me on the 7th when they finally put in my wires. I’m going to tell them to be super, super careful when they go to pull the right teeth. I know they do this all the time, but I can just imagine getting home and looking in my mouth to see the wrong tooth gone!
I’ve done a lot to prepare for the pain and discomfort for after the surgery. I bought mashed potatoes, cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, pudding, and yogurt. I got out our ancient heating pad and wrapped it in a towel to keep it from burning my face. I also invested in two squirt bottles for water. Between my mouth being numb for a day and the “no sucking through a straw” rule, I think these are the best option for keeping hydrated. I also bought more dental wax. I don’t want the brackets bothering me on top of the stitches. I set up my Netflix list to include Law & Order SVU and Helix. I also prepared my bed with pillows to keep my head elevated during naps and sleeping per doctor’s orders (something about the blood draining?). I also bought Tylenol for when the pain medication is gone and I’m still hurting.
Wish me luck! I’m headed to the oral surgeon with my wonderful mother and brother who plan to mock me in my dizzy and “not-all-there” state.
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12/12/14 – I went to the oral surgeon today. Not only was it a long wait (one and a half hours), but I also almost cried when they said how much it was going to be to get the 4 wisdom teeth plus the 4 additional teeth removed. $2,600. Up front. No payment plans. Now my lower wisdom teeth are (going to be?) impacted which jacks up the price per wisdom tooth. Added on to that is the 4 teeth ($$$) they will also pull while I’m under the anesthesia ($$$). All this stuff combined makes for a hefty price tag. This is going to be a grand total of $8,600. Almost as much as my car that I’m currently paying on!
After having a small freakout and cry session, I settled down and crunched some numbers. It’s more cost effective for me to pay the $2,600 than it is to have the wisdom teeth taken out then the other 4 teeth pulled by a dentist at a later date (for a cheaper price). Taking days off off work is going to put me in the hole with both my jobs. Plus healing time would be best this way as well. I’ll only have to heal once, and I can save myself from taking off more unpaid time from work.
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12/9/14 – Tomorrow is D-Day. THE day. The DAY. They’re putting my (adult) braces on. I’m equal parts excited and nervous for tomorrow. For those of you who are looking into adult braces, I’m going to break some things done for you and tell toy how I’m going about doing it.
So I have always known I needed braces. My front tooth grew back too far thanks to my baby front tooth not falling out soon enough. My bottom teeth have just run out of room. As I grew, the dreaded word of “braces” were often thrown around, but we couldn’t afford them when I was a child. I knew that when I became an adult, getting braces would be a must if I wanted a pretty, straight smile, and that I would be paying for them myself.
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