How TeethXpress Changed My Life: Carly’s Story

Getting a new smile has made all the difference in Carly’s life. The naturally upbeat 39-year-old had always been known for her great smile. That is, until her teeth started to fail. “And then I stopped smiling,” she told TeethXpress magazine. But thanks to the BioHorizons dental implant system, this bubbly blonde is lighting up the room again. “When I saw my new teeth for the first time, I couldn’t stop smiling. I was so happy — I almost started crying,” she said.

Carly struggled with poor teeth all her life, resulting from a perfect storm of circumstances. “My teeth have always been bad, ever since I was a little kid,” she explained. When she was a baby, medicine for a high fever damaged her dental enamel and caused discoloration of her teeth. She was always told that she had soft teeth and added, “Probably eating a lot of candy didn’t help!”

When Carly was in high school, she suffered from an eating disorder, “which ate away at my teeth a lot.” Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by food binges followed by self-induced vomiting. Sufferers of the illness often experience tooth decay because of the erosive stomach acids constantly passing through the mouth.

“I was starting to get really insecure,” Carly said. “I wouldn’t smile anymore. I was really not feeling very good about myself.”

Before treatment, Carly was unhappy with her quality of life and insecure about her appearance. After getting five implants to support a custom-made set of new upper teeth, Carly is ecstatic that she no longer has to worry about dental pain and tooth decay. And she loves her new smile!

“Over the years, I just remember having a lot of dental pain. It wasn’t fun,” Carly said. Eating was difficult, she said. “I’d have to eat more with my front teeth, so that was wearing those down quicker too because they were working more.” Her teeth also suffered from sensitivity to cold.

Carly had a lot of dental work done over time, including cavity treatment, bridges, root canals, “you name it.” With her teeth extremely decayed and causing constant pain, Carly was unhappy with her quality of life as well as her appearance. She lost her back teeth, and the remaining teeth started to separate. “It wasn’t very pretty when I smiled,” she said.

She got to the point in her life where she needed to do something about her poor teeth. She wanted a permanent smile back, so after a consultation with a TeethXpress doctor, she opted for dental implant treatment. The actual process of getting dental implants wasn’t difficult at all, according to Carly. “It was so easy,” she recalled. “I mean, the whole process was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.”

It was not necessary to get one dental implant for each missing tooth. Rather, a total of five dental implants were placed in Carly’s upper jaw during an in-office procedure. These five implants could support an entire upper set of new teeth.

She left the dentist’s office with temporary teeth to wear during the healing period. Meanwhile, a new, permanent set of teeth was custom-crafted for Carly. These teeth were attached to the implants after they had integrated into the bone. The first time she saw her new teeth in the mirror, she couldn’t believe how great they looked. They were white and bright with natural-looking gums. She was overcome. “I was really emotional.”

“I was starting to get really insecure,” Carly said. “I wouldn’t smile anymore. I was really not feeling very good about myself.”

Because dental implants feel so natural, people often forget they have them. This is true for Carly, who said she doesn’t even think about hers — they feel like her own teeth. She is thrilled that now she can eat anything and has no more sensitivity to cold. She loves not having to worry about her teeth anymore and said she would recommend the procedure to others in her situation. Now that Carly has beautiful new teeth, she says she definitely smiles more.

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