A Patient Story
A Patient Story
A patient once was sitting in my office sobbing, recalling a horrible moment that she had experienced. She had recently been on a date with someone she cared for deeply. She was coming down with a cold, and as a result sneezed violently. So violently, in fact, she sneezed her upper place dentures out of her mouth onto the floor.
This was an incredibly embarrassing moment, as the patient had never explained to the other individual that she had dentures. She was very concerned she would be viewed as “damaged goods,” and most certainly did not want the other person to find out in such a manner. She was able to grab the denture and put it back in her mouth quickly, but with that came all of the sand and debris from the floor. She was able to eventually get to a restaurant that had a ladies’ room to address this, but until then it was quite difficult to ignore.
Why Was She Telling Me This?
Simply put – she never wanted to experience this embarrassing situation again. The type of dentistry I practice prevents this exact situation. My business, Dental Implant Center based in Orange Park, FL, replaces teeth with dental implants, which are fixed in place and help individuals, like my patient mentioned above, have a safe and secure solution for life.
My patient was not alone in her feelings, as our culture links teeth to our emotions. How we regard ourselves is often based on how we think others perceive us. Our smile, and specifically our teeth, is a significant factor here.
People fear the potential embarrassment dentures bring. The fear of them falling out, and also the fear of our speech changing as a result of dentures moving around. This can all be avoided with a secure, long-term solution known as dental implants.
The dental implant technique has been approved of by the American Dental Association. This revolutionary discovery of dental implants was made by a Swedish orthopedic researcher, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark.
Dr. Brånemark discovered that when titanium implants are placed carefully into the jawbone, they integrate and become connected to the bone. These implants become the “anchors” for adding man-made teeth that are so locked in place that the patient cannot, and needs not, remove them.
Titanium’s unique property of fusing to the bone, called osseointegration, is the biological basis of dental implant success. When teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is lost as well. Placing dental implants can stabilize the bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks, and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural.
In the Business of Changing Lives
We know everyone has a different life situation, and many are often concerned about the financial impact of dental implants. We’ll always do our best to work with patients on payment plans, as we believe financial limitations shouldn’t affect one’s quality of life.
We are generally asked two main questions: “Am I a candidate for dental implants, and are they economically feasible?” Once they learn the procedure is technically and economically possible, the next question is always: “When can we start?”
Being in the business of changing people’s lives has given me great satisfaction over my career. We truly are helping people to be able to feel happy and better about themselves.