Last Updated on: March 17th, 2017
Wanna know a secret?
Yeah, thought you might… 😉
Okay, here goes.
When I was 22, I had all of my teeth removed, and got false teeth.
Nope, I’m not kidding!
Wanna know why?
Okay, I’ll tell you. I did promise you last week that this week I’d share a personal, embarrassing story. Telling you all that I have false teeth certainly qualifies, doesn’t it?
Do I really have false teeth?
Yes, I really DO have dentures. The funny thing is that I’m pretty happy I have false teeth now.
You see, when I went to the dentist oh so long ago, my teeth were in rough shape. In fact, my dentist told me that I could undergo several root canals and keep my teeth for possibly a few more years, but that I would have to get them all removed eventually. I decided to forgo the root canals and have all of my teeth removed that year. I’m so happy I did this, too!
I underwent anesthetic for this surgery. The dentist had made a set of false teeth for me, and they were inserted into my mouth immediately after my teeth were extracted. I woke up with what felt like a mouthful of marbles, and I was in major pain. However, the surgeon gave me a very limited amount of Tylenol 3s for it.
At the time, I was dating C. He was a wonderful guy who was in love with me. He literally worshipped me, and put me on a metaphorical pedestal. He’d never, ever hurt me; he was a total sweetheart. I’m telling you this because when I ran out of painkillers, he took me to the hospital, to the emergency room, so that I could get some more. My face was badly bruised – a normal consequence of having so much surgery done in my mouth. I can still remember the triage nurse glaring daggers at C, asking him in a stern voice, “What did you do to her?”
I laughed when I heard this, and had to explain that C did nothing and was simply trying to take care of me!
This memory makes me smile to this day. It probably always will. I found it kinda humorous. Don’t you? 😉
*For a real good laugh, take a look at this pic of “redneck” dentures. (I know the guy who posts this stuff, and this picture is hilarious.)
After the surgery; after getting false teeth
It took a long time for my mouth to heal. As the bones in my gums settled, my dentures rubbed them the wrong way. I had to continually go to the dentist’s office so the dentist could shave down the parts of my dentures that were irritating my mouth.
The great thing about getting dentures was that my confidence was boosted. I had previously had an overbite, and when the dentist created my false teeth, he lined them up so that I would have a perfect smile. The pain that I had experienced in my jaw from my rotten teeth was also gone. I felt so much better once my mouth was completely healed and the dentures “fit” me properly.
As it turned out, getting my teeth removed was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The only drawback is that dentures don’t last forever. I am now on my third set of lower ones, and fourth set of upper ones. The last time I needed a replacement, only the upper set of teeth was covered by my dental plan.
I still have to brush my teeth. I also use mouthwash.
My views on mouthwash
I think that mouthwash aids greatly in our oral hygiene. I never used mouthwash as a child since my parents only bought Crest toothpaste. My brushing habits were poor; I’d only brush before bedtime, and sometimes not even then. I can recall placing my toothbrush under running water when my mom told me she was going to check to see if I brushed my teeth. I fooled her a couple of times but then she started checking my breath when she got suspicious. I rarely flossed, except the day before a dental appointment. I thought I could fool the dentist! In the end, I paid for the neglect of my teeth with root canals and, ultimately, the removal of all of my teeth.
Will my son need dentures?
When I had a child of my own, I brushed his teeth constantly, from the time he started growing them! I also bought mouthwash for him to use once he was old enough. My son has beautiful teeth and a great smile. When I took him to the dentist, he never had cavities. He still has a nice mouthful and is cavity-free.
2017 UPDATE: My son is 27 and still has great teeth. He did have a few problems with his gums late in 2013. For Christmas that year, one of his gifts was a paid trip to the dentist to get them looked at and assessed. He wasn’t flossing, and his past use of chewing tobacco contributed to his slowly receding gums, but he was told that if he flosses regularly and continues to take care of his teeth, he should be fine. Now he flosses regularly, too, in addition to using mouthwash and brushing his teeth. If he continues doing these things, he won’t need dentures. Phew!
A Funny Memory about What My Son Said about My False Teeth
Shortly after I got my first set of false teeth, my son and I went out for dinner with my family. I didn’t realize what an impact my new teeth had on my son until our meal was finished and my four-year-old opted for the Jell-O, offering me some. I politely declined. His response: “How come? False teeth?” He knew I was having trouble chewing, but the fact that I could easily swallow this dessert didn’t dawn on him, in his innocence. My mother and I still laugh when we remember this occasion!
Do any of you have false teeth? (Are you willing to admit it?) Share stories of your pearly whites in the comment section! And smile with pride. 😀