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Still Slicing My Apples....for now 
Feb. 14, 2013 10:31 am 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 4:45 am
(Part 3 in an ongoing saga)

It’s been a while since I last gave my handful of readers an update on my quest to once again be able to take a bite out of a crisp ripe apple. There really hasn’t been all that much to report other than I got a new & improved upper denture that looked and felt more like real teeth while I waited for the bone grafts to take from the surgery I had back in June. Well that all changed this week when the results of my oral CAT SCAN came back and I had a chance to sit down with my doctor.

As I was driving over to my appointment, it really hit me that I was about to find out whether I was going to be able to move on with my plans for full permanent implants or if I was going to be stuck in a denture for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really hate my denture but, well, actually I do. While it’s infinitely better than the broken teeth they replaced, it’s just not the favorite part of my daily routine (along with taking my heart medicine for my pre-hypertension but that is another blog that for once has actually already been written). I would do just about anything to move on with this phase in my life.

The doctor saw me right away and we started to look & review the 3D quality CAT SCAN of my mouth and the news was good. The bone grafts did take and I now had enough meaningful & useful bone structure to be able to try for the six implants that would lead eventually to twelve teeth on my uppers. My denture currently has fourteen teeth but I promise if you don’t go looking for the missing back two teeth, I won’t show you where they were supposed to be. If for some reason the two tilt implants in the back don’t hold, I’ll either have to have nine months of bone grafts in my sinuses in order to get the posts to hold or I will need to move on to a less secure snap in denture which is still better than the “floating” poli-grip denture I have now. I think you all know which way I am hoping I am headed. The surgery will be scheduled for the end of March or early April and then it will mean another four to five months of the soft food diet I have been on for most of the past year anyway.  Once we finish up with the uppers, we start all over again on the lowers but it won’t take as long since cosmetics are not as important when it comes to teeth you can’t really see. And trust me, it’s a price I will gladly pay.

So for now, I’m still slicing my apples but I can sort of see the light at the end of the tunnel that leads back to that first big bite of a crisp ripe apple.

Feb. 14, 2013 10:48 am
I must say you are a patient man, Doug! Thanks for the update on your smile. How about an update on the impact of the hurricane on your life? Is your home back to normal now, I hope?
Feb. 14, 2013 10:51 am
Good luck with all of that Doug! I do not envy you one bit for all that you must have gone through. The most pain I can tolerate is the pain of a good pun.
Feb. 14, 2013 10:53 am
Hoping it all works out for you Doug.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:00 am
Hi Bibi - I know it seems like it is taking forever but I need my "teeth" to last me just as long so I'll keep waiting. And as for a Sandy update, everything in our neck of the woods is back to normal and we are now having a generator installed that I hope I never have to use. Have a great day
Feb. 14, 2013 11:04 am
Thanks Doc - I'll take a painful pun any time over anything dental related. Hope all is good.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:12 am
Thanks bd - guess I'll be faceless for a day or two after but it will be worth it.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:16 am
hmmm giving up the dentucreme I see :) Best of luck with your pearly whites.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:24 am
Good luck on your surgery Doug,they say patience is a virture,and you seem to have lots of that.When your all done i'll send you the biggest apple i can find.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:45 am
Hi Julie & thanks - I do find the minty flavor to be refreshing until I realize in my sleep induced stupor that I have squeezed out a little toooo much and it starts to ooze.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:46 am
Hi manella & thanks - if you send me that apple, I'll make sure to post a picture and/or video. Have a great day.
Feb. 14, 2013 12:09 pm
Doug,you just let me know when.
Feb. 14, 2013 4:08 pm
Glad you posted this, Doug! I've been telling a friend about your implants and how happy you are with them. He asked me just last week if I had learned anything else. I'll send him this thread so he can get the info first hand.
Feb. 14, 2013 4:57 pm
Good Luck, Doug! I know that this has been quite a process for you, but it will be worth it. When you FINALLY get to take a bite of that apple, you better get a picture for us to see, lol!
Feb. 14, 2013 5:18 pm
Hi Mike - I'll be a walking talking testimonial one way or another. I'll be more than happy to answer any questions your friend may have. Have a great night.
Feb. 14, 2013 5:19 pm
Hi Christina & Thanks - No worries, I plan on having pictures and video. I am going to want to see it & hear it again. Have a great night.
Feb. 14, 2013 7:05 pm
I sincerely hope there is no need to start bone grafts in your sinuses. I can not imagine anything more painful. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Feb. 15, 2013 4:56 am
Good morning BigShotsMom - even I may draw the line at sinus bone grafts. Thanks for the support. Have a great weekend.
Feb. 16, 2013 2:41 am
DM: While I personally don't care to bite into an apple, I can understand why you are anxious to do that again. We should plan to get together this Fall to devour a couple Honeycrisps. I'll be the only one who needs a knife.
Feb. 16, 2013 6:41 am
Good morning bikerfamily - I do love Honeycrisp apples. I'll look forward to it. Have a great weekend.
Feb. 16, 2013 9:46 am
Well Doug - you know you have an avid follower in me. I am in the missing/broken teeth phase - and like you it is not "apparent" as it mostly involves everything past the small "flash" smile area. But a few smiling teeth is not a comfort when it comes down to the eating part of the day. I'm so glad to hear that the bone grafting has been successful and the implants will soon be starting. A friend of mine said he has a family member who had to get the "snap on" denture said it worked fine for him. But hopefully your tilt implants will work and no further recourse will be needed. You know I'm rooting (pun IS intended) for you!!! Keep us posted on your progress!!
Feb. 19, 2013 4:54 am
good morning & thank you luv2cook - met a guy in the local diner the other day who had all the same work done a year ago and I saw him take a big bite out of his pastrami sandwich so I am hopeful. Hope all is well with you and I'll keep you updated
Feb. 19, 2013 7:33 am
I wish you the best of luck, Doug. It certainly sounds like a long process, but when you get to bite into that crispy and juicy apple, I would imagine it will all be worth it!
Feb. 20, 2013 7:10 am
Thanks wisweetp - I just hope that my new teeth can handle some of that scorpion dust you are sending my way. Have a great day.
Feb. 20, 2013 8:20 am
Powders should be there soon, Doug. They went out in the mail on Saturday and are hopefully well secured in the package. Open carefully just in case! : ) I sneezed for 5 minutes after filling those bags. Whew!
Feb. 21, 2013 5:34 am
Let's just hope my mailman isn't a chilehead wisweetp. Thanks again.
Feb. 21, 2013 4:52 pm
Really envy your courage. Best wishes that everything goes to plan and the healing is fast and painfree. Thanks for sharing your adventure and teaching me a few things also.
Feb. 21, 2013 6:10 pm
Thanks Five Boys One Mom - it makes it easier knowing that there are people out there that I can share with in order to get through it all. Hope you have a great weekend.
Tony G 
Feb. 21, 2013 9:53 pm
When I make sticky buns I have leftover dough. Does anyone Know what other type of pastry I make this type of dough? Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Feb. 22, 2013 4:45 am
Now that is a question I can sink my teeth into - I would flatten out the dough, sprinkle in shredded cheese, sauteed onions and a whole lot of spam. Fold, bake & bite it.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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