Ed, you're an inspiration to all of us comeback players.
And, congrats on your dental success.
Schilke B2, Benge Burbank 3X trumpet, Benge LA 3X flugel, Olds Mendez (long) cornet, Olds LA Super (1944), Getzen Picollo
I had an extensive titanium/ceramic apparatus built for me by Dr JackTrain in Toronto. As I am diabetic, I could not have implants so it was constructed to bridge to the remaining crowned bottom roots after several smaller partials could not do the job. I have gotten another 10 years of playing so far. The only peculiar effect was the loss of the ability to flutter tongue. Take it from me - neglect your teeth and gums and you will lose them. Stop smoking and floss: if you saw what I had to go through and the very large dollar sums you would pick up your toothbrush now!!
1976 Schilke B4L trpt
1966 Selmer Lightweight L990
mid 60's Couesnon fluegel
Trmptlvr, I could have just entered a "+1", but knowing all the dental work I went through in 2011, I empathize with you. I too once had a mouth full of partials and crowns and now have just 4 natural lower teeth left. As too, I'm also diabetic and required root extractions where crowns broke at the gum line plus many other tooth extractions the pace was slow, tedius, and painful. As without dental insurance, I could easily otherwise have bought a Monette trumpet and a decent Flugelhorn.
Well, I could have only if my wife would have agreed, and such would never have her agreement nor do I really don't need more instruments.
I don't understand it, but all my dental work left me thick tongued amd unable to effectively use my tongue for anything including a flutter, but more severely my articulation. Patience and perseverence with time passage and such mostly returns with practice.
Yes, take care of your teeth, brush and floss a minimum of twice daily plus before you play an instrument. Above all, acquire dental insurance. Only then is there a chance you'll not go through the hell and pain of extensive dental work we've had to.
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