How denture stabilization helped one person eat and smile again with confidence..
Judy came to see us because she was unhappy with her dentures. “I can’t eat with these things. They slip around and make my mouth sore. I can’t keep them in. I’m afraid they’ll end up in my soup when I’m out to lunch with my girl friends. Can you help me?”
Judy had heard about our program of denture stabilization from a friend. An examination showed adequate bone to support a lower denture. There was a rough, bumpy place on one side of her lower jaw that her previous dentist had not thought necessary to remove. We showed Judy how a very minor surgical procedure to smooth the gums, a re-surfacing of the inside of her existing denture and stabilizing the denture with four implants could make a huge difference in her quality of life.
We humans are amazing. In more than twenty-five years of being privileged to treat my fellow human beings, I find that we are extremely adaptable creatures. It never ceases to amaze me how some people function without complaining, even when they have gradually lost many teeth. Often they may have a replacement that has just about worn out, yet they continue to “get by just fine”.
Complete dentures and partial dentures are often unsatisfactory because they alter taste, selection of food, chewing ability, and speech. But there is one more factor that may be more important than all of the above – Social Relations.
About 40 million Americans have lost all of their teeth. Another 60 million have lost enough teeth to have them replaced with removable partial dentures. Yet fewer than five per cent have been offered dental implants as an option to help free them from discomfort and embarrassment.
We were able to treat Judy over a period of just a few weeks, returning her to “better than ever” condition. The cost was kept down because we were able to use her existing dentures. It’s really gratifying to be able to help others in such an impactful way. After treatment, Judy said, “Now, my implant retained dentures are so secure I can eat anything I want, anywhere I want! I would talk every denture wearer into doing this for themselves if I could.”
It’s my duty and calling to get the word out about what today’s dentistry can do for you. If you or a loved one is having difficulty with worn down dentures, or if you fear embarrassment from loose or slipping partials, give us a call. We can help. It’s much easier and less costly than you might think.