We went to the dentist yesterday for our regular cleaning appointments, and I took the TAP paraphernalia with me. I have noticed a faint clicking sound when I talk, which made me think it needed some type of adjustment. He agreed, and was able to add a little blob of something to the back surface of the mouth piece. It is supposed to equalize the pressure on my jaws for holding my mouth open for all that time. I had the denture parts in and out of my mouth several times before we left.
But when I tried to get them on last night, I couldn’t get the dental appliance on my teeth. After considerable finagleing, I managed to get the upper and lower part in, but then I had trouble latching the hook in front to connect the front and bottom sections together. So I took them back out and checked to see what the setting was marked on the device. That’s when I knew something was wrong with it, as it was way too high a setting for me. I changed the length of the mouth gap with the key that is provided until it felt comfortable again.
But once I had it in my mouth, I realized that some of the material he had used to build up the back of my jaw a little bit had landed in the wrong place, too. This has left a rough spot right where my tongue can get to it. Now, you may not be like I am, but if I have a sore or anything else that is a temporary visitor in my mouth, my tongue will rub on it compulsively.
That rough spot sent my tongue into obsessive orbit, every time I realized I was touching it. So, I didn’t sleep in the TAP last night, and I’ll have to see Dr. Deep today to get it smoothed out.
I used the cane all day yesterday, as was extremely wobbly, nervous feeling, and generally feeling like I have Parkinson’s, but managed to do everything that I wanted to do for the day. We did get the handicap placards, which will be perfect for those days when I have trouble moving, even with the cane.