Just a quick update: Well, I go today to get my back teeth extracted. Originally, the dentist wanted to pull all my lowers b/c you don't really see them too much when I talk to smile. I told him that was not an option; however, I did bargain with him since the bottom 2 eye teeth are kinda fat in shape and it'll offer a better fit if those spots are healed in a month. So, he'll pull everything except for the front 4. So, I'll have 6 upper/front and 4 lower/front when I walk out of his office today (just enough where no one will know what's going on). In about 1.5 to 2 months, I'll return to have the rest extracted and my permanent dentures put in.
I'm not at all nervous about having the teeth pulled b/c I had so many removed years ago. It's sad to say this, but dental work is almost like a walk in the park. The one thing I am nervous about is being IV sedated. Other than my mouth, I'm very fortunate & blessed to be healthy. I have never been to the hospital or had any type of medical procedure done (knock on wood) ... so the sedation part is brand new to me. I'm anxious to see how it goes so I'll know what to expect the next time. (in the future- I am a little scared about having my front ones pulled just b/c they are close to the sinus area and I've never had anything near the front pulled before.)
Wish me luck!!! I'll be one step closer to a new, beautiful smile :)