To my surprise, I was not very nervous about the surgery! I am the biggest worrier on this side of the galaxy. I worry about everything. But for some reason, I was very mellow about getting this done. I think a big part of it was that this whole thing seemed like my fate, it seemed like divine intervention to even be getting this done so I had very little worries of anything going wrong. I was really at peace with the whole thing.
|I don't think you will catch Carlos *not* smiling:-)|
When we got there, I recorded a short video about my thoughts of the experience up to that point. I also met with Michael Martinek, the territory representative for Nobel Biocare. They got word of the contest about a week before my procedure and decided to sponsor it! How awesome is that?! If you don't know, Nobel Biocare collaborated with a Portuguese dentist named Paulo Malo and out of their studies the All-on-4 concept was established. To some up this system, the implants are placed in such a way that bone grafting is typically not necessary. Patients who once were not the best candidates for dental implants can utilize this system. If you're interested in learning more, check out www.NobelBiocare.com. You can get information right from the source. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had very little bone to work with and honestly had no idea how implants could be placed in my lower arch. But it worked!
|Getting my gas and IV sedation|
The last thing I recall was talking to the anesthesiologist about the Hoover Dam LOL! He was so pleasant to talk to. He told me he was giving me my IV meds and that they would kick in in about a minute. I guess he was right because I remember absolutely nothing after that. It was as good as it gets. I have told everyone in many videos how I have a fear of being out of control and that I do not like the idea of being knocked out. But honestly, it doesn't matter how you feel about it because you don't remember anyways! This is definitely the way to go when getting major dental work done!
And here is the more gruesome pictures. You have been warned!!
|The green stuff is from impressions, I believe. The white things are temporary caps on the implants.|
|Toothless and out of it!|
So you all know me by now. You know my biggest fear is being seen without my teeth. I've mentioned MANY times that I would never let my husband see me with no teeth. Well, that all changed. He walked in after I got out of surgery, saw me without teeth, asked if I wanted him to leave and I said, "NO!". My husband had been with me through it all. I mean, really, through everything. He was with me when my teeth were pretty much rotting out of my mouth. He was with me when I lost my teeth and got dentures. And here he was feeding me a smoothie after I got my implants. The lesson? True love sees through everything. He stayed right by my side through it all. In the end, I could care less if he saw me toothless:-)
|Kevin feeding me a smoothie|
|I don't want to hear any women say all men are dogs! You CAN find a man to feed you a smoothie while you're toothless!|
Amanda, one of the assistants, is the one who actually went and bought me a smoothie. I thought that was so thoughtful of them because I was STARVING!! Haha. That was pretty much it for surgery day! I think the whole thing lasted about 6 or 7 hours or so! Crazy! They treated my husband to lunch so he didn't starve while he was there:-) All in all, we were in the best care possible. Everything went smooth. I couldn't ask for better care.
We got back to the hotel that evening and I was DONE lol. I was on Hydrocodone for pain, alternating with 4 200mg. Advil. The reason I felt pain like I did was because my bone was uneven so they cut me open and removed bone from both the upper and lower arch. I don't know if you all remember or not but I had a pretty crooked smile. My teeth sort of slanted and that is why. So I got all stitched up and that's the only thing that really hurt. The implants didn't hurt at all. For dinner, I had a chocolate parfait, a mocha frappuccino, and creme brûlée. I fell asleep and hubby got dressed and went downstairs to the casino. I am not a gambler. I have no desire to risk losing money lol. But he's a guy and that's his guy thing so hey, have fun haha. He didn't win anything and thankfully didn't spend much, either.
And so, our 2nd day in Vegas came to an end.