I’m a living testament to the wonders of dental implants. Why and how? Because I have one! It may have taken years before I decided to get one, but what matters most is that, I went for it and that I am so satisfied and contented with the result.
It all started when our family Dentist extracted one tooth when I was 11. Yes, at the tender age of 11, I lost a tooth unnecessarily. After all my permanents came out, I have been diligent in taking care of my teeth. Until one day, when I noticed a little mark on one of my tooth that was persistently there, no aches, no pain. I told my Mom about it, and because of my insistent we went to see our Dentist. To make the long story short, that tooth was pulled when it could have been saved with fillings. I became an adult with that missing tooth, wore braces when I was a teenager and had a perfect set of teeth till now except for that one that was extracted. I somehow managed to evade my Dentist for years to take care of that missing tooth. I didn’t like the idea of having something “alien” in my mouth. My current Dentist had to pressure me and then my husband to take care of that missing tooth. I saw no urgency in getting dentures or implants until my Dentist did what he did. I would have had dental implants in 2002, but I backed out at the last minute.
Finally, in 2004, my Dentist kept at the pressure. He then once again had to explain the difference between a dental implant from a bridge. Having a bridge was the traditional way of replacing a missing tooth and I know so well of the pros and cons, as it has been the norm in dentistry. I had to do research on my own and through the help of my cousin, who is a Dentist herself in San Francisco. Dental implants was however new to me, and the fact that I was told that success is not guaranteed, I went ahead with it with the belief that I was in the good hands of a good Oral Implantologist. Thus, I had the surgery in the Fall of 2004. The surgery which involved placing a metal anchor into my jaw bone went well. I waited for the bone and the anchor to fuse, after which the prosthetic tooth was fixed in to the metal anchor. I had no reactions at all. All I had to do was wait for the implant to fuse with the bone.
I couldn’t be any happier with the result. I didn’t have to waste two of my teeth as it would have been with the traditional dental reconstructive procedure such as the bridge/denture. Expensive yes, it certainly was, but now that “alien” as I thought it would be, feels like one of my natural teeth and it looks so real. It’s maintenance free, and I’m loving it.