I've been researching this for several years in anticipation for this opportunity. The girls are all through college (mostly) and the wife is healthy (well...stable anyway), so now it's dads turn.
I've been suffering/putting up with terrible teeth for years now. My unreasonable but very real terror of dentists combined with a string of unsatifactory dental visits that included Conscious Sedation and did nothing but reinforce my fears had left me in a sad, sad mess. A few years ago I started researching Hybridge dental implants and decided that this was the route for me.
After a couple of postponements due to family member health issues, I finally got my opportunity. My wife is healthy enough and now has the confidence to drive me accross the city , so I made an appointment.
Yesterday I had all my upper teeth removed (well, what was left of them anyway) while under conscious sedation. That was the easy part, and it included repairing a punctured sinus cavity!! My molar had rooted right into the sinus. Now I'm trying to learn how to live with my temperary denture. That's the hard part. I'll be using the temporary for four months or so until the bone grafts that were also put in during yesterday's surgery are strong enough for the implants and then for the dental hybridge.
So rather than preparing for my "Birthday Century" I'm trying to learn how to talk without gagging, trying to learn how to eat, and somehow I need to go back to work. Many people have taken these steps before me and I know it isn't life-threatening and I'll get through it.
On the plus side...Once I've gotten through this I'm finally going to like myself a bit more.
On the negative side...I suspect I'll be taking a couple weeks off the bikes. I don't know if that means I'll gravitate more to the computer and cyber-friends or if I'll just busy myself doing odd jobs around the house. For now I'm just hanging out on the couch a lot and waiting for the post operative swelling to go away.
On the lighter side, at my 24hr. post surgical check-up today I asked the dental assistant if she had seen the inside of my sinus. She did. So I just had to ask her "Was it dark in there?"