49 Years Old Very Nervous but Hate Having Horrible Teeth - Australia, AU

What can I say.. Bad teeth from a young age.. But...

What can I say.. Bad teeth from a young age.. But in last 18 months my teeth are very loose, massive crooked gap at the front and can only eat soft food that requires minimal chewing.. I'm a real estate agent and my confidence is very low these days..
I'm hoping this procedure won't be horrific as I am completely dental phobic..
My choices are minimal...
To say I'm scared to death... Would be an accurate description...

Before surgery (now)

7 days to go today...

Been enjoying my last days of eating normal food.. I'm getting very nervous!

4 days before op

Today I went and had my tooth impressions done, and they took lots of before photos... Start pre meds Sunday and goodbye to alcohol for 3 months!

24 hours till D Day!

Started my meds yesterday, my mouthwash and toothpaste..
I've read so many reviews and the honesty from people's experience ( especially close to home) have been really helpful .. Hopefully mine here will to..
Dental botique in Victoria is my choice and I hope to god, I've chosen well..
This numbness in my mouth everyone is talking about, is freaking me out..
The whole thought of this, is almost making me want to hyperventilate ... Anxiety, fear of the unknown, pain, etc...
My life of normal food, not chewing, biting, foreign objects in my mouth....
Well let's see what happens tomorrow.. Last day of pain free!
And life as I know it!

Today's the day!

1am and still awake...anxiety, fear, anticipation, regret... So many emotions!

it's done!

Went in at 9am.. The staff so kind and made me feel relaxed. Now that's a challenge! But succeed.. Their choice of Anesthetist was the best! I was so scared to death and Lilly and Andrew were amazing.
I don't even remember going to sleep!
Apparently the surgery went for longer than three hours.. I'm guessing Reuben was taking extra care of me... He said afterwards, that everything went really well!
Now the yucky part of drooling and constantly wiping my mouth... Haven't felt sick thank god! Good drugs make the difference!
It's been 5 hours since I got home... So far managed a little water at a time..
Now here's the best advice that was given to me!!! After the surgery, get your designated driver to buy you some KFC mash potato and gravy!
It's has the right amount of carbs, sugar, and it's soft enough to lick of the spoon!!!
Trust me on this! Then rinse your mouth and take your meds!
Anyways good advice here....
Mouth sensation coming back slowly and pain 6 out of ten...
Been ice Pak every ten minutes... Soothing...
So far I feel like no major numbness ... Very happy about that!
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I chose Reuben because of his passion and attentive care... So far very happy with my choice!!! As for the girls at dental botique your awesome xxx
Now for the long first night...... Stay tuned.

Day 2...

Not much sleep at all... Ice packs on and off all night... Slept on a 45 degree angle.. Again surprisingly the pain is bearable, mainly had panadol... My face is starting to swell up, no bruising except probably a little around the corner of my mouth...
Went to dental botique clinic today and Reuben and their dental technic David, we're just amazing.. The time, care and detail they went to design my teeth to suit my face was so encouraging. David completely understood that as an agent, I need to show confidence and face to face with clients everyday...
I have to say, I'm dental phobic! I can't handle anyone in my mouth... I don't know if it's because of my gained trust of Reuben and David.. But I was fine with all the work that was being done... Reuben and David were pedantic and made sure my bite was going to be perfect... I had a trial run to see what my teeth were going to be like in my mouth.... Final fitting tomorrow if all goes well!
I have to say, even though I'm feeling like crap, and look a mess.. Getting a glimpse of my new look brought back my spirits...
Reading everyone's blog on here has been so very helpful as what to expect and I hope I can do the same for anyone else considering this... Especially in Melbourne!!!!
Everyone at this clinic has made me feel like family for life.. Customer support is a huge factor in my decision and Reuben's passion for his expertise in dental implants and the all in 4 process helped me make a very wise choice...
As I'm writing this I have just had my mashed potato and gravy, antibiotics and still using ice packs.. Slept most of the day and hardly feel hungry...
Tomorrow is going to be a big day, very hard not speaking .. White board and messaging has helped with family support...
Will be interesting learning to speak again .....

Day 3... Fitting done..

It's funny I thought I had done really well until today... Kept the ice packs on all day again, mouth cracking and splitting on the sides... Thank god for Vaseline!
Rested most of the day and went to have my teeth fitted...
The screwing in process was a bit daunting, having to recheck the bite... I have to say I think the bottom teeth are going to feel normal ... But the top denture...
Well that's a totally different matter...
It's feels so foreign and bulky and I feel like I can barely speak... For the first time I cried tonight of regret!
But seeing how bad my teeth were, what were my choices... Self pity, self doubt, will I feel pretty again? So many questions...
Had to learn to take out the denture myself tonight.... Ohhhh my!!!!
All I know... It's going to be a long haul... Pain at the moment is a 7/10...
Been a long day and feeling a little sorry for myself!

Day 4 and 5....

For the first time... Today I have been able to keep the denture in my mouth the whole day... But to say it hurts on the right side of my mouth is putting it mildly.... Therefore speaking is difficult but practicing...
I understand my mouth is swollen still, so I hope it fits better in the next day or so...
My meals are basically vanilla yoghurt and a protein shake mixed together like a custard substance and my daughter made me potato and parsnip soup puréed ... Baby food!
Although I managed a little treat tonight and had a taste of chocolate mousse... Heaven...
My small treat, as I watched my family eat carbonara, garlic bread and chocolate eggs...
My face is still a little swollen but coming back down slowly..
Been using the water pik.. Although hanvt really been eating much, so not much to wash out...
Still on antibiotics and washing my mouth with salt water at least 4 times a day and prescribed mouth wash twice a day .
Another day down but still feel overwhelmed by all of this!

Day 6...

Well I've pretty much given up with the top... I've tried so hard to wear it but there is seriously something wrong with the alignment or design.. Left side feels good but the right feels like it's rubbing on what ever bone jaw I have...
I feel like I'm at my wits end.... My jaw still is swollen although less.. But feels like golf balls, stitches are coming loose and feels like I have a net in my mouth..
I'm too scared to eat much, seriously pretty much feels like baby food..
So far in just under a week I've lost 4 kilos... I know it takes time but I just feel old!
I've hardly been able to speak and just feel miserable....
Hanging to go see the dentist tomorrow and get back on track...

Day 7... A week after surgery

Ok.. So I have to admit... Finally I'm starting to feel a little more human today..
The bottom teeth are starting to feel a little normal now... I spent the day at home with no top teeth as I knew for sure alignment is wrong and an ulcer was staring to form up the top right side..
My face is less swollen and the pain is about a 4/10....
Headed off to the dentist and with some adjustment hopefully we are back on track..
I continue to say the after service of dental botique is incredible! They never make you feel that anything is an issue...
I cannot express how impressed I am by their service!
Anyways, having the day off the top teeth for today and Tomorow hopefully I'll be trying to speak and eat with them on...
Still not at work yet as obviously I need to be able to speak... Only complaint is these stitches still hanging in my mouth... Yuk yuk..
Tiny bit of numbness on the left hand side of my jaw, but I honestly can say I feel like I've turned the corner.... Yeah!

My teeth after surgery

3 weeks after implants! .. Melbourne Australia

So it's all very good! I'm happy, feeling confident, lost 8 kilos, all plus plus plus..
Went and had my 3 week check up at dental boutique and all is coming along nicely. They did a 3D scan and Reuben is very happy with how the implants are coming along..
Small adjustment was made on top teeth, and there are still some stitches slowly dissolving but no pain what so ever...
I had a professional work photo done and I can't believe how good I look with that smile!
I'm seriously very happy and feel like the old NEW me!
So for anyone out there reading this and are scared at the thought and the process..
DONT BE.... To think I spent two years thinking oh what am I going to do??
If you can afford this, then you can't afford NOT to do this... Even just for your health..
My skin is glowing ( guess coz it's no longer fighting infection anymore) I've lost weight and feel great.
I'm basically only eating 3 meals a day and strangely not hungry... Breakfast I have a protein shake mixed in vanilla yoghurt, lunch I'll have a banana smoothie with honey and cinnamon, and maybe a tiny price of quiche( no pastry) and for tea it's either soup or rice most nights..
As for my choice Dental Boutique in Balywn, I couldn't be happier! Working in sales, I understand how important customer service is...
I drilled Reuben and Linda (support care) with every question and fear/ concern I had.. They had all the time in the world for me.. Explained every cost and process in detail..
They also provide a payment plan to help with the cost of it... Which really helped me!
I had only heard of another dental company in Melbourne and my partner came across Reuben and brought me here..
What made me choose dental boutique was Reuben's passion for dental implants..
I remember saying that I was only choosing him because of my belief of his passion and his dedication! And his words back to me was .. Your faith in me will be justified I promise you!
And I can honestly say that he is so right... Every process was ten out of ten!
So now I wait for my three month check up and then finally I can chew! Lol..
Stay tuned .....

6 weeks in! Looking great!

So a quick update..... First part is I've hopped on the scales and have lost 10 kilos!
Very happy with that. So not only do I have a beautiful smile, I'm looking pretty great too...
I seem to be just not that hungry anymore ... I time my meals to eat around 10am, 1pm and then around 6pm..
Food wise... That's always a little struggle but more about finding food that I can eat with the family... But they have adjusted to help me which I'm very grateful ..
I'm still eating mainly things like individual sachets of protein shakes with a small tub of vanilla yoghurt, sometimes I'm adding raspberries..smoothies, Omelette, scrambled eggs with baked beans or spaghetti, and yesterday made a pancake which I ate very slowly after breaking into tiny pieces...
Lunch for me is either a protein shake with the yoghurt, (mixed it up depending what I had for breakfast) mainly work days as our kitchen is limited to microwave.
Or a banana, honey and cinnamon smoothie.. Or a home made piece of small hand size quiche ( no pastry) or soups.
Dinners started out more challenging at first but I mainly eat rice, most nights with something, like a bolognaise sauce, or a thai curry (sauce ) soups, quiche,
Gnocchi I have managed to eat, and last night made a Shephards pie...
I know others eat lots of fish but that's not in my diet due to I don't like it.
Anyways hope some of these ideas helps...
As for my teeth, I'm obsessed with dental hygiene.. Lol, not sure if I'm using the water pik correctly but I use it religiously.. Lol. I still seem to have the odd stitches showing down the very bottom of my teeth but doesn't annoy me anymore.
I'm loving the bottom teeth and it feels normal .. Top are still a struggle for me on a day to day basis but getting used to them slowly.. They are loose and they said this would happen as gums shrink.. But I'm very nervous about how I will go when I'm allowed to chew.. Hopefully six weeks time!
But am I glad I've done this? You bet I am! People still look at me in amazement! As for myself, I feel like my old self again ( only older lol) I feel great, in back in lovely nice clothes again and dressing smarter, my make up is with care again, my confidence is growing, and my speech is almost normal lol..
So I'm at a 81/2 out of 10... Just waiting to hear the implants are all good and get my upper teeth right and then I shall be good as new... Fingers crossed...

3 months check up!!!!!... DENTAL BOUTIQUE, BALWYN VICTORIA AUST

Just went to the dentist for my 3 month check up! Had the scan and my implants are excellent!!! No movement or bone loss...
So I'm allowed to start with soft foods and in two weeks... Back to normal food!!!
It's strange but I really am ok with how I have been eating....
So I was 87 kilos and now I'm 72 kilos.... A loss of 15 kilos!!!!
Best Diet Eva!!!!!!
So now not only does my smile look good, I look great all over..
Only concern was I need to brush a little harder and make sure I get right down
To the bottom of my gums...
But I'm religious on brushing my teeth morning and night!!!!!
I cannot get over how real my bottom teeth feel.... As you cannot complete say this is better than your own teeth...
But for me... These are better than my teeth have ever been
As for my choice in dentist!!!! Thank god my partner found them!!!!
They are seriously the kindest, friendliest and completely helpful bunch of staff
I've ever seen in a company ...
Reuben! You are a genius and one of the most patient, gentle and the most knowledgeable young man I've ever met... I remember saying to you, I am completely putting my faith in you! "Your reply was I promise your faith will be justified I promise" and IT SURE WAS!
i cannot thank you enough if you are reading this as to how much you have changed my life!!!
Thanks to you.... I'm 50 ( in a week) and look fabulous!
Linda and Vanessa... My goodness talk about support!!! You girls especially make me feel like family!
Linda you are an absolute credit to this company and you service and kindness
Is simply exceptional.. I cannot tell you enough for my gratitude to you for all your support. I threw almost as my questions at you as I did Reuben and you always had so much time for me...
I'm sure in some way, it was you that finally helped me make my decision to choose dental boutique.. I had seen another company in Melbournr and found their customer service very pushy and scared me it of it!
SO ANYONE COBSIDERING IMPLANTS IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA......
DO YOUR SELF A FAVOUR AND GIVE THEM A CALL... I promise it will be the best decision of your life to make the leap of faith to a new you!
Their phone number is 03 9817 7711...
Cannot tell you how happy I am!
Dental boutique in balywn Victoria

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