Patient Kathleen Richards (44) of Houston Texas speaks to us about her smile makeover experience at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center.
“I was only in my early thirties when I lost a few of my back teeth…”
Three of my molars were causing me a lot of discomfort and the one in particular left a terrible taste in my mouth. My old dentist explained that two of my molars were decayed and had to be extracted. The third might be saved with a root canal, but a month after treatment, it became clear that the tooth would also have to come out.
I have not always been the best at looking after my teeth. I frequently fall asleep without flossing, especially when I get stuck into a good book. I do try to brush more often, but I lead a busy life and so it’s usually morning and night for me! It was only when I started struggling with tooth decay and – my mother had to tell me – chronic bad breath in my early thirties that I began to realize the toll my negligence had taken on my teeth. Before my teeth extraction and root canal procedures, I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been to the dentist.
“I resolved to be better about brushing and flossing and I was for a while…
… but then life took over again and I went back to my old ways. I was about 34 when one morning I took a sip of some hot coffee and my upper right canine felt sensitive to the heat. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the sensitivity grew and grew, until anything hot or cold that passed through my lips caused quite severe pain. My tooth would also throb at random intervals during the day. I thought I’d leave it for a week and if it didn’t sort itself out, I’d give my dentist a call again. One week became three: I was so busy at work. And then the pain started causing headaches.
One night after a few weeks of coping with a toothache, I looked at my tooth in the mirror and received the fright of my life. It was starting to change color to a brownish grey! How had I not noticed that before? I immediately called up my dentist and arranged an appointment. But, once again, it was too late. The tooth had become aggressively decayed and required extraction. Now, instead of having missing teeth at the back of my mouth, where people couldn’t really see them, I had an obvious gap in my smile.
“This marked the end of what little confidence I had at work and around friends and family…
My dentist recommended that I go and see implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen and speak to him about replacing my missing teeth with dental implants. Instead of following his advice, my low self-esteem slumped day-by-day until I hardly spoke to anyone. I certainly didn’t smile! I just kept to myself, did my work and rushed home in the evening to avoid bumping into people. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick up the phone and call the Brueggen Dental Implant Center. I was nervous about dental treatment… but I guess I was almost too depressed to do anything really.
Finally, one morning, after a nightmare about losing ALL of my teeth – having them crumbling in my mouth and spitting out the fragments – I picked up the phone and called the Brueggen Dental Implant Center. The staff member who answered was friendly and efficient and answered all my questions crisply, but patiently. I was lucky enough to catch an opening with the doctor the following day, so I prepared to meet with my fate…
Stay Tuned for the Second Installment of Kathleen’s Smile Makeover Experience at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center!