I went to a dental research meeting 14 years ago. At the meeting, I sat next to a research administrator, Karen. She related that her friend Brenda was suffering with an upper denture. Karen stated:
“Brenda was told she could not have dental implants and that she had to live with that denture for the rest of her life.”
Karen appeared to care for her friend and wanted the best for her. I shared with Karen that it is very rare to not be able to insert dental implants. We talked about other research projects with other scientists and finished the dinner meeting.
The following week, Brenda made an appointment to visit with me and discuss the possibility of using dental implants to support a fixed set of teeth. Brenda was terrified to be seen without her denture, as she had the same set for 25 years! Brenda was using denture adhesive to secure her upper denture. She did not enjoy her food as much, for the denture covered the palate and consequently her taste was reduced.
Upon examination, I discovered Brenda’s clinical condition was dire, but we could help her. She did have massive bone loss and her maxillary sinuses had destroyed most of her upper jaw bone (maxilla). We discussed the treatment options and Brenda wanted to have a fixed bridge supported by dental implants.
I informed Brenda that she could have dental implants!
After a series of surgeries, she was well on her way to achieving success. Brenda had bone grafting performed on both sides of the upper jaw. Brenda had 12 dental implants placed and a fixed bridge inserted on the same day. She had her denture converted to a fixed bridge. Brenda was happy.
Fourteen years later, Brenda is still enjoying her food. She feels better about the health of her mouth. Her palate (roof of the mouth) is open and fully available to experience the enjoyment of food temperature. Brenda feels and enjoys the taste and texture of all of her favorite foods. She has referred other people too :)
Brenda has improved her self-confidence and higher self-esteem. She has a beautiful vibrant smile! Brenda brings light into the room, even after all these years.
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