Premchandran Kumar, Dubai, U.A.E
Two years ago, I had a “bombed out dentition” (that was the phrase you used after examining me with the Xrays). I had with wobbly teeth, bleeding gums and mobile bridges. I could never smile, speak or chew confidently. Now, I’m able to have the food I wish to have… I’m smiling, speaking and chewing well with my full complement of implant supported fixed teeth. I explained to them how I underwent full mouth rehabilitation with basal implants and to obtain the great set of teeth I have now.
I started losing my natural teeth from my school days and the same story kept repeating all the time. The problems commenced with with dental decay for which dental treatment was undertaken in the standard sequence of dental filling, followed by a root canalling, crowning and within a few years, the tooth went for extraction! At the age of thirty, I came to a state where I had four crowned teeth to take care of the eight missing teeth. For almost ten years, I managed to pull on without major dental issues. However, by the age of 58, I was left with 7 mobile teeth with two bridges fitted onto them. I started worrying because I knew that the mobile pillars along with the bridges would come off any moment. It was at this stage that I started consulting my friends and most of them advised me to go for removable dentures… more so because I was already 58 years old. But the problem was I had to wait for about four months to get the dentures as there was the need for healing of the extraction wounds of all the 7 survivors which had to be removed in one shot. I contacted many dentists with a request to advance this period but my request was turned down mercilessly.
I was getting impatient as I knew the worst was going to happen any moment. I started browsing the internet to find solutions and that was when I came to know on the option of dental implants and their advantages. I started contacting dentists who were specialized in dental implants in Dubai. I started consulting them one by one and all of them advised me against undergoing dental implant procedures. The reasons they cited were that I was a chain smoker and a chronic diabetic. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were also above normal limits. In addition, Xray examination had revealed that I did not have sufficient bone left inside my jaws to fix the implants. If I had to get implants done, I’ll need bone grafting procedures which again was fraught with failure due to my smoking habit and diabetic status.
Their quotes, if I were to get the implants done, were also pretty high. I got terribly frustrated.
It was at this time that I found you on the internet and contacted you for advise. You requested me for my OPG Xray and I got it done in Dubai and emailed to you. We started discussing online about the possible solutions in my case. I was given details of the latest developments in dental implants. You gave me a very positive outlook by reassuring me that implant supported bridges will most certainly work in my case… in spite of all the negative factors highlighted by other doctors. You explained to me about the procedures in detail and took time to thoroughly answer all my questions with regard to treatment planning, time duration for treatment costs etc. etc.
My treatment started at TheSmileCentre.in, Kochi, with a complete medical checkup under supervision of an expert physician. Once I obtained the medical clearance for the dental implant surgery procedures, the OPG Xray was repeated. A detailed treatment plan was chalked out and discussed with me soon after which the implant surgery commenced. Under local anesthesia, in a quick surgical step, all the three remaining teeth I had in the lower jaw, along with the denture was removed and implants were placed soon after the removal. Impressions were made for the temporary denture in acrylic which was fixed on the implants by afternoon on the same day. Believe me, I walked out of the clinic smiling better than I did in the morning while reporting for the treatment. I must admit when I came in for my initial evaluation the procedure I felt that the procedures would be quite painful. But, to my pleasant surprise, I did not experience much pain during and after the implant surgery procedures.
My upper jaw treatment commenced the very next day. I had difficulties in eating and hence had to live on milk, juices and biscuits for almost a week. Initially my body was not accepting the medications you had prescribed me… I had developed nausea and gastric irritation. You altered the medications and I was fine soon.
I returned to Dubai after two weeks. During the next one year, I had minor problems with my temporary dentures due to wrong biting habits which I had over years. I managed to get the problems fixed with by doctor friends in Dubai.
After one year of placing the implants my upper permanent prosthesis was fixed. The lower prosthesis was completed after two years. During this waiting period when I had my metal-acrylic interim prosthesis, my biting patterns stabilized and improved considerably. Prior to the treatment I used to avoid eating out due to my wrong bite and chewing styles. I used to talk with my mouth partially closed. I used to smile without showing my teeth. But now, I’m able to smile, laugh, speak and chew well… as much as all other people with natural teeth are able to. I can now eat and talk without my slippery and painful dentures moving around in my mouth. I am delighted with the result and have started to enjoy life much more.
I just wanted to thank you and TheSmileCentre.in family for the outstanding care you provided me during my dental implant procedures. Everyone was nice and accommodating. Thank you again for resolving my dental issues. I would highly recommend such procedures in dental patients who are having constant trouble with their teeth and gums. These procedures will turn out to be a blessing for people who are uncomfortable with removable dentures.
Last, but not the least, JJ INN, the place where you recommended for my accommodation for all my three visits was something very special. Hospitality is their line of business, but this set up stands out. They took extreme care of me and ensured I was provided the best quality food. I am sure that my stay at Kochi on my next visit will be at JJ INN only.