You are good, Sharon! Yes, I am on the East Coast. I am in NJ. I really appreciate your feedback over the past few weeks! It is so nice to be able to share experiences with others that are going through similiar situations. Thank you for your encouraging words! Yes, I am a gagger by nature when it comes to things on the roof of my mouth. I must say that even my Prothodontist is amazed that I have become a pro at Impressions over the past few months! He has a wonderful Assistant who has coached me on how to master Impressions without gagging. I have to make my hands into fists and let them rest on the armrest and concentrate on breathing through my nose. The tighter the fists the better and she talks me through it all. And they make sure the seat back is as high as it can be when they do the upper impression so that I am almost sitting forward. Last two impressions, I did not gag at all. It has been hard getting used to the new temporary teeth because the upper does have a plate that juts out along part of the roof of the mouth. They gave me a trick to keep breathing through the nose very slowly and exhale through the mouth and that helps a lot and if it becomes very overwhelming to lower my chin to my chest and breathe in and out. It really does work! I can keep them in all day now and can now drink from a cup without a straw. The first day they let me use a straw because I couldn't master drinking from a cup. My cheeks and tongue were fighting for their space back and any drink would just dribble out of my mouth. My cheeks think they have to hold my teeth in. It feels like they are hugging the teeth in my mouth. They are getting sore. They gave me exercises to do for that. I have to read aloud or talk out loud during parts of the day and that should help get everything working together and then I can eventually be successful at chewing my food again. Oh, I hope so! I am hoping the final upper Overdenture does not have a plate on it. But in 6 -12 months, I will probably be used to it anyway. We'll see.
Going to try to trick my mouth into eating scrambled eggs for lunch. I am going to dump cream of broccoli soup over it and just let it do down chewed or not. I have lost 3 lbs since surgery day and even though I eat throughout the day, it's mostly liquid or blended up solids. My appetite is not what it used to be and that worries my sister-in-law but I told her it will bounce back eventually. I'm just not hungry for full meals so I eat something for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then eat in between too. Thanks again for your posts! When is your next dental session? I go on Monday to see my Oral Surgeon for my first post op with him and then I see my prothodontist on Wednesday for possible adjustments and to see how I am doing with the teeth. They are in, and they do look nice. I am working on adjusting to them.
Have a good day! Patti
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