Losing teeth had a huge impact on my life. As one tooth after another failed, I ended up biting and chewing with just my front teeth.
Naturally, I didn’t want to smile, which affected me socially. It is very difficult to be missing teeth when you’re so young. My self-esteem fell dramatically and I found myself reluctant to have close-up conversations with people—even people I knew well. No close-up selfies or group shots for me!
My dentist made me aware of implants, but I learned that, in some cases, the normal process for a single dental implant restoration could extend to between 3-6 months, which wasn’t an option for me.
Then a friend of mine, who was working with a couple of specialists in south Florida, Drs. Anthony G. Sclar and Juan D. Cardenas, told me that they were experts in a procedure that might be just the thing for me. She said that it was called the All-on-4® treatment concept.
I couldn’t help but be a bit skeptical at first. Could I really have a full set of teeth again that would look just like my real teeth—maybe better— and be able to smile without hesitation? As I learned more about the All-on-4® treatment concept, however, I became convinced: This was absolutely the perfect solution for me. I really did not want to wear dentures at my age. As it turned out, I wouldn’t have to.
A plan was laid out and explained to me, we scheduled the surgery, and after the procedure was carried out as planned, I left the clinic with new teeth in place the very same day. Although having a full set of teeth in my mouth in just one day was extraordinary, for me, the best of all was the recovery.
More than a pleasant surprise
When I saw my smile for the first time, I was in a state of shock. A few moments went by, and then the tears started rolling down my cheeks as I remembered what life used to be like.
I used to smile without thinking about it, engage in conversation spontaneously, and generally feel poised and self-assured. I had regained my smile, but more importantly, I knew that I was about to reclaim my confidence.
Talk about quality of life! Without question, the All-on-4® treatment concept has transformed my daily life for the better. I find myself getting up and getting dressed earlier because I enjoy being more presentable. I no longer feel awkward in certain situations; thanks to the implants, I’m avoiding further bone loss; and I can eat and enjoy foods that I missed when my dental health was in decline.
To anyone considering dentures today, my advice is: “Don’t even think about it! Call your local specialist for a professional consultation about the All-on-4® treatment concept instead.”
From my experience, there is nothing to be anxious about, and it will change your life. Aside from becoming the mother of my two boys, my new teeth are the best gift I have ever received.