“Looking back now that my upper implants surgery and healing process is in the books, I can say without hesitation that I’m so delighted that I did this.
My life was tremendously affected by my Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. I bit down on my lips all the time and had constant headaches. There was so much pressure in my mouth because of how my teeth lined up with my jaws. My jaw was always clicking and locking and I would bite my tongue and the sides of my mouth. I had a hard time chewing and eating food.
As if all that weren’t enough, I never smiled. In fact, I barely opened my mouth. It was so embarrassing. I had gaps in my mouth and you could see them. The whole situation was really bad.
But now it’s almost all gone. Every now and then I might bite down on my lip but it’s nothing like how it used to be. My jaw doesn’t lock up anymore and it doesn’t click.
Today I’m delighted with my new mouth. I really needed help, but the emotions that accompanied getting ready for surgery were also a hurdle. I remember needing a few minutes to get used to the idea that something was going to enter my mouth permanently! And your mouth space shrinks when you get full or partial mouth implants because they take up space. But while it took time adjusting, I wouldn’t dream of going back to where I was before the surgery. It’s like the difference between night and day.
Today, thank God, it’s water under the bridge. And I want to encourage others to look into implants. In my case, there was a lot of prep work which really helped smooth the process. We did x-rays and made sure that we knew exactly how to proceed.
The other thing that really helped was that I had clear guidance about what to do after the surgery. I was given a time frame for when to eat soft foods, and what to do when I graduate from that. That helped the implants settle very well into the bone because I adhered to the instructions.
I believe that it’s those two things that made all the difference. First off, you need to make an informed decision upfront. Second, you need to stay in line with the healing process. To get a bit more specific, I could have paid more money for implants on every tooth. We’re talking around $100,000 which would have completely fixed my smile and teeth, but the reality is that it wouldn’t have fixed my bite. There would have been too many adjustments necessary on every single tooth, so it really was a matter of figuring out what the best choice was for me.
But now that I finally got my upper implants and things had time to heal, I’m a different person. People are constantly coming over to me and saying “Your teeth are so white”. And I’m always appreciative of that. But the biggest thing for me, honestly, is the boost it gave to my confidence.
When I would meet people in a professional setting, my mouth was a big turn off. It was like I was hiding something with my mouth closed. It was impossible to maintain the necessary level of confidence that is required of a professional.
And my dentures didn’t help. They fit but never really well. And they caused swelling. But today with upper implants there is no way I can compare myself to what I used to be.
Regarding the surgery, I was sedated but I wasn’t put to sleep. There were a few times that I felt stressed out especially toward the end, having sat there for so long with so much going on in my mouth. In fact, the anxiety component was a big part of my hesitation going in. People think that the prosthesis itself is difficult, but for me it was the anticipation. I’m sitting there thinking, oh my gosh, I’m getting all my teeth removed and there’s no going back!
But while my anticipation about upper implant surgery was the most difficult part for me, I definitely plan on doing it again for my lower teeth. Because it goes away fast and it’s the most sensible thing to do. And, if you have everything clarified for you ahead of time, along with a clear game plan for the future, it makes things so much easier.
Today, I’m a different person because of my upper implant surgery and I look forward to healing completely from lower implant surgery once that is also water under the bridge.”