I started having trouble with my teeth in early 2002. It was mostly back teeth so I wasn’t  all that concerned with it. I was still working in a hospital then so I think I had dental insurance and did go to a dentist for a cleaning and x-rays, but never got any work done.

Then in 2007, I broke a tooth on the left side, while chewing gum.  I figured that it must of been some pretty tough gum. Then about 2009, I broke a tooth on the right side while eating a Hershey kiss. I must of broken some more teeth (but forget how) because when I went home to see family in December 2011, my kids were in shock. One of my son’s asked me what happened and said it looked like it hurt. I probably could have been the new face ( or mouth) for the poster child in some meth head commercial.

While working in the Grand Canyon National Park I was able to get dental insurance again.  So in 2014, after many abscessed teeth which made my face swell up a few times I finally got a bunch of teeth pulled.  The insurance ran out before I could finish all the dental work. Facebook even had a memory today from April 2014 with pictures of my face swelled up from an abscess. I won’t have to worry about those anymore.

I got all my top teeth out yesterday.


My face is puffy and even my nose felt numb. My x-rays are behind me. After giving me shots to numb my face, I just had to wait about an hour…so of course I took pictures. The actual  extraction took about 10 minutes, 15 minutes at most.


This is the after picture. After I went to Walmart to get pain pills and baby wipes. My lips and chin were a complete mess with caked on blood. 1 lady in the store gave me a hug because  I looked like I was in so much pain. I didn’t feel much of anything, but I looked like I got attacked by Freddie Kruger in some horror movie.

Now my family asked years ago, but at the time I had no idea. How do teeth get so soooo bad. Well it turns out that teeth need saliva to stay healthy. So if you are on any type of medicine that gives you a dry mouth (feels like cotton mouth), then that med is bad for your teeth. This includes any over-the-counter cough medicine or sleeping pill.

Well I am finally happy with the way my smile looks. Next I will be happy to learn how to eat yogurt. It was so weird trying to eat some last night. Hey I might of found my new diet. I’m calling it the denture diet. I have stocked up on yogurt & applesauce waiting for this moment.