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Time to Update Smile       

It's Time To Update My Smile          

Mr J recently reminded me that my teeth were looking a little discoloured and he kindly offered to buy me new dental veneers.

I was pleased with his generous offer, although, I thought, “do I really need to visit the dentist’s chair so soon - particularly if it is only for cosmetic reasons?”

I thought, the least I could do was have a chat with the dentist and decide then if I would like to (or would be brave enough) to go ahead with the treatment.

The dentist, Dr Fred Calavassy, from Dental Excellence (an excellent dentist) was referred to me by a number of people including my own family members, who assured me that he was “one of the best”.

My first meeting was full of apprehension, even though I had a glass of wine or two beforehand with lunch (just to settle the nerves).

I entered the surgery and was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and the calming décor, water feature etc.

I was kindly invited to fill out a form in the comfort and privacy of a well appointed office, and I was offered refreshments. I was really thinking, “how about a valium?”

Dr Calavassy introduced himself to me as “Fred” and his lovely assistant, introduced herself as “Lou” (Louise).

They listened intently, establishing the reason for my visit. They asked a number of pertinent questions including; what were my feelings about the appearance of my teeth and what results I hope to achieve in the future.

I explained that I was less than happy with the appearance of my teeth and I would love my teeth to be perfect in every way, I wanted my grey coloured teeth to be transformed into dazzling white teeth. Too much to ask?

A thorough two hour examination followed. My teeth were x-rayed, my bite was examined, an impression was taken of my upper and lower teeth and the results were discussed and shown to me on a screen (not a pretty sight).

My husband (also a patient) was invited in for the discussion. I began to realize that my prognosis was probably not good (to say the least). Fred was very reassuring even though he didn’t have the best news for me.

We arranged to meet again to discuss in detail the alternatives available to me.

I returned to the surgery again a week later and was given a comprehensive account (one hour) of the varying options I could pursue. We both agreed that the optimum outcome was to have a total restoration of my mouth as I’m ONLY in my 50’s and with hopefully, many more good years in front of me to flash my pearly whites.

Dr Calavassy, explained that my bite was fairly indistinct because of my missing back teeth and previous dental work.

He suggested I have an implant, which he explained takes three months to complete the process.  He also suggested a gum lift because of my gummy looking smile (now I am really scared), and total restoration of every tooth (I have 24).

I have got to tell you, I was a bit bewildered. We were now talking oral surgery! Both the implant and gum lifting procedures requires stitches (where’s that valium). Even though he tried to allay my fears, I was not convinced that I could handle the expectant degree of pain and afford that much time in the dreaded dentist’s chair (sorry Fred).

The whole process would be expected to take three months or more.

I decided I needed to take some time to think through my options and to see if I could possibly gather up enough courage to go the full hog. I told Fred I would call him……soon.

A few days later, I was having lunch at a café, munching on some crunchy wood fired toast , when - crunch…. I felt one of my front teeth…. snap. My tongue immediately investigated the damage and through the gaping void, I felt what was left of my own tooth, a virtual stub. I had broken off my veneerand some of my tooth! My first thought, was to retrieve the veneer - which was harder that it sounds, as it was imbedded into the freshly chewed bread - the same colour as my veneer. I then realized that I had made plans for dinner that evening with friends, I couldn’t possibly make an appearance with my appearance. It was a Monday (Queen’s Birthday) so I left a message on the dentist’s answering machine hoping that somehow he may be working and would invite me in for emergency treatment (no such luck).

On Tuesday morning, the dentist’s receptionist returned my call and I will be back in the dentist’s chair this afternoon at 3:10pm.

This is going to be a 3 to 6 month journey for me, there's a lot of dental work to be done and I would like to share my experience with you- including pictures, so be warned, it won’t be a pretty sight.

Here is my BEFORE photo... 


 I told you it would be SCARY!

 Read my next installment - Neuromuscular Dentistry...click here.

Or read my first installmentIn The Dentist Chair...click here. 

Lana ! | Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top


Funny, he always suggests a full mouth restoration.
Posted: 13-Jan-2012 03:17 PM | Anonymous |
See you're dentist. Some dtitnses can actually perform the surgery though others would give a referal to an oral surgeon.A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone. When dental work such as a crown,
fixed bridge or a full set of dentures is added, one or more missing teeth can be replaced. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a simple procedure that, generally, is as convenient as a tooth extraction. After
an initial healing period, during which the implant is buried in bone and left undisturbed under gum tissue, it is uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial tooth.The implant material is extremely biocompatible.
The bone grows to the implant and bonds to it. This makes the implant very strong. The process is called osseointegration'.What is the procedure for implant treatment?AnswerThe gum is folded back and the bone drilled to receive the implant. You may have this
done in the chair with local anaesthetic or go into the hospital for a general anaesthetic. The implant is generally covered over and left to heal until the implant is osseointegrated. Your oral surgeon or periodontist may also leave the implant uncovered
by the gum at this first stage. A second operation may then be needed to uncover the top of the implant. Your dentist or prosthodontist can usually start construction of your crown or a bridge after a month.How long does it take?AnswerIt depends on the type
of bone, and where the implant is placed into your jaw. It can range from a few months to over 9 months. Generally, implants in the front lower jaw need around 4 months; the back upper jaw needs around 9 months and elsewhere in the mouth around 6 months. These
times may need to be lengthened if bone needs to be grown or grafting has taken place. What are the advantages of the implant treatment?AnswerThe adjacent teeth are not damaged or cut in any way. It helps to prevent bone loss. Implants are also used to stabilise
loose dentures or even replace them with fixed bridges.Whether you have lost all your teeth, a few of them, or even just one tooth, dental implants should be considered as an option for your oral rehabilitation program.To help you decide if the exciting benefits
of implants are suitable for you, contact your dentist today. A consultation will clarify what type of treatment you require.Eating and correct chewing is essential for a healthy body. It is also one of the greatest human pleasures. Thousands of people, both
young and old, no longer have their own teeth. Some manage quite well with dentures, for others they are unsatisfactory.If you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about gaps, missing teeth, dentures that are loose or unexpectedly drop down or you are unable
to chew properly, yet you feel you deserve the best today’s modern restorative dentistry can provide, dental implants may be the solution.
Posted: 23-Apr-2012 05:36 PM | Carolina |
Depending on the severity of the pomelbrs you have actually If you are uncomfortable with your smile then it would not hurt to go to a cosmetic dentist and just ask some basic questions. Your smile can define you with a first impression so you want to
feel good about it! Check into it though because it is not cheap! Depending on what you have done it can get very expensive. I had 2 rootcanals with porcelain crowns to match my other teeth and a bridge and even though I had insurance it was extremely expensive
$ 2800 out of pocket so far!! So talk to the dentist and make sure that is what you want to do!!
Posted: 23-Apr-2012 11:06 PM | Meeraj |

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