Immediately after the surgery, I was smiling and laughing. It was a huge weight lifted off not just my chest, but my life!
- CaraAm I A Candidate
Cara’s Dental Implant Story
Cara, a 35-year-old Pilates instructor, knows firsthand what a difference a smile makes. She admitted, “It terrified me for a long time just to look at my teeth.” But since she had all her teeth replaced with dental implants, Cara hasn’t been able to stop smiling.
Her teeth weren’t healthy enough to chew solid food, so she was restricted to a soft diet that consisted mostly of bananas, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes and over-steamed vegetables. She wasn’t able to eat a steak for 10 years. “I really had no teeth,” she said.
Cara’s life was marred by trouble with digestion. Her career was affected as well. “I’m a Pilates instructor. It’s health-based, and the healthier you look, the further you go.”
As Cara’s dental condition worsened over the years, so did her self-esteem. Before her dental implant treatment, she said, “I don’t go out. I don’t date. I don’t go on social media. I’m embarrassed.
“I don’t want anybody to see me like this.” Because of Cara’s young age, removable dentures were not a good option since dentures restrict the types of food you can eat and lead to bone loss over time. When teeth are missing, the bone that used to support them diminishes year after year.
On the day of surgery, Cara showed up early for her appointment. She couldn’t wait to receive her new smile.
In contrast, dental implants stimulate the jawbone to keep the bone strong. This is why dental implants are the optimal long-term solution for missing teeth. On the day of surgery, Cara showed up early for her appointment. She couldn’t wait to receive her new smile.
Cara was placed under conscious sedation to help her relax. Four dental implants were placed in her top jaw and five were placed in her bottom jaw. Cara’s doctor said, “Restoring them this way with TeethXpress® was the closest we could come to her natural teeth, and the best way that we could improve her bite, her aesthetics and her functionality.”
Cara’s TeethXpress implant procedure helped restore her beautiful smile
After only a few hours, Cara left the dental office with her new set of teeth. “Immediately after the surgery, I was smiling and laughing. It was a huge weight lifted off not just my chest, but my life!”
“Immediately after the surgery, I was smiling and laughing. It was a huge weight lifted off not just my chest, but my life!”
The transformation happened immediately. Cara looked as if she’d had a facelift. And healing after the implant procedure was easy, according to Cara. “Shock is what I felt when I saw my teeth for the first time.
They were so close to what my natural teeth looked like!” Cara says her new teeth are “spot-on” and “amazing.” No longer concealing her teeth, Cara is once again enjoying time with family and friends.
Cara’s ability to eat healthy foods helped her reclaim her health
“Everyone who has seen my teeth has told me how beautiful they are,” she said. “And I have been eating everything in the world … I’m so happy and healthier now that I can eat whatever I want.”
In fact, Cara’s health has drastically improved. A connection between dental health and systemic (whole-body) health has long been recognized, and Cara is a living example. And now, several options are available to make dental implants affordable.
Besides being able to eat normally, Cara is thrilled that she no longer worries about what people think of her. Before her treatment, she said, “Everywhere I went, when my focus was supposed to be on something else, it was actually on hiding my teeth.”
“This is absolutely a life-changing experience in all aspects of my life. I’m so unbelievably thankful that this has had an impact on the rest of my life,” Cara said. She summed up how she feels now that she has her new smile: “Extremely fortunate and blessed and excited about the future!”