Hey guys, another question.. (There will probably be a lot of them on my journey)
So I'm doing much better. I'm almost 2 weeks post E-day. My swelling and infection both seem to be doing a lot better. No more pain, just a lil tender yet. Eating is still touch and go for me because the dentures are loose from of all the shrinking in my gums. They kinda slip around in my mouth when I try to chew. Hoping to get them adjusted soon.
But last night, I noticed some really hard spots on the lower left side of my gums. I looked in the mirror and there are two little white pieces showing there. It isn't painful at all, but I have no idea if it's something to be concerned about. Has anyone else had issues with this sort of thing? I really don't want to have my mouth get cut on after going through so much with it :(
Well, when I had that, it WAS painful and I had to have alveoplasty at the oral surgeon - he had to shave done the jagged bone that was protruding.
Honestly, I'm no dentist, oral surgeon, denture maker or even expert denture-wearer, but if it doesn't hurt, I'd let it be. They'll tell you when you go go for your next visit if it needs to be addressed for proper fit.
Oh, and the alveoplasty was so easy and so painless. I would have taken that 100 times over ANY cavity work I EVER had. So if you do have to have it, don't sweat it at all. It's so minor and make things 1000 times more comfortable almost immediately (about 24 hours after process is done, that is).
All of my bone shards have hurt. White hard spots that when I push on it feels like a splinter. Any white spots that didn't hurt I just left alone and they healed or fell off or whatever. I have always removed my own bone shards, they kind of catch on a q-tip or my finger, I use tweezers to remove them. Just like little splinters.
BUT, I now have something going on like a bone shard that is not coming out. It's bigger than I'm use to seeing, or at least bigger than I'm usually bothered by. I'm thinking it's hurting more because I now have dentures on over them, making them pinch more. I'm going to the dentist in the morning and I'm going to ask her if it's just me being more sensitive, or is it something different.
Oh yes, if it's just bone shards that can be pulled out, the dentist will do that. I forgot I had that done in addition to alveoplasty for protrusions that needed to be filed down so they wouldn't hurt anymore.
And Crystal, I don't know if you saw my previous reply to Clarissa, but having a shard pulled out or having alveoplasty done are not a big deal at ALL! ESPECIALLY after you've had extractions. The worst part of the alveo is that they use novocaine so you have that pinch. The healing after is miraculously fast and easy. You're eating normally by that night or the next day at the latest. And you wear your dentures home and can talk and no one knows anything happened. It's nothing to fret if you do have to have either done. :-)