I finally pulled the plug on getting dental implants to replace the partial denture that I had for over 10 years. Most of my bottom teeth were failing, so the implant dentist had me get all-on-4 dental implants.
At only 30 years old, I’m somewhat mortified that I don’t have bottom teeth. However, it seemed like the right choice. The dental implant procedure was terrible. I had no idea how painful it would be. The dentist prescribed pain pills, which helped for a couple days after the surgery. But, I feel like things are getting much worse and there is no indication that things will improve.
It has been several weeks since the surgery and I cannot eat and am on ibuprofen and Tylenol 24/7. I am groggy and dizzy, which may be from the lack of food. But, I simply cannot continue like this. When I called the implant dentist last week, he said to give it another couple weeks to see if things improve. Is this normal? I just cannot even believe I wasn’t prepared for how horrific my dental implant experience has been.
-Erica in Florida
Your dental implant experience sounds terrible and is not the norm. It is possible that you have an issue with the temporary denture given after the surgery. But, from what you are describing, it sounds more serious. You may be dealing with an infection, which begs the question – did they give you antibiotics? If not, this would be a good precaution that may end up saving the dental implants. But, if it is indeed an infection you’re dealing with, if it’s left untreated, you may end up losing them.
There is no good reason that your implant dentist should have you wait it out. If you are in pain, not eating and feeling sick, you need to be seen immediately. Contact your implant dentist right away to be evaluated. And if for some reason they still won’t see you, it’s time to visit a different office to get an idea of what is happening.
Can you tolerate soft foods, like soup or yogurt to help balance out your blood sugar? It may be worth a call to your regular physician to help get you back on track with eating.
Hopefully, you can get this figured out before you are dealing with a dental emergency!
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