Root canals, gum disease, fillings, and crowns…oh my. If you’ve been through the mill with your teeth you know who you are. We all want to keep our natural teeth for a life-time, but sometimes enough is enough. Recent new TeethXpress technology allows some great solutions.
It used to be that removable dentures were the only option. You had your teeth removed and had an immediate, temporary type denture placed, and then, after several months of healing, another final denture. You hoped you could accommodate to a new lifestyle of wearing a removable piece of plastic in your mouth. You hoped that your mouth was shaped right so that the denture would stay in. If you had a dry mouth or a gag reflex then removable dentures might never work well.
Along came dental implants. Now we had a way to give you fixed teeth that were almost like your own natural teeth. But the procedure was long and complicated. You had to have the teeth removed and wear removable dentures for six months to a year. Then implants were placed and you waited another six months or so. Finally the process of making fixed teeth held in by implants could be started. This would take another several months. It was not uncommon for the process to take about two years from start to finish, and it was very expensive.
Today, with the proper planning and technology such as TeethXpress, we can often remove teeth, place implants, and make fixed teeth all at the same visit. You’re sedated and comfortable and leave with a new smile held in by dental implants. There’s a period of healing and the first set of teeth are temporary for several months, but you are never without fixed teeth; no loose dentures and no big piece of plastic covering the palate. Most patients feel good enough to get back to their normal routine with practically no down time. A brand new set of teeth in one day! The price tag has also come way down from just a few years ago.
Eat healthy, socialize without embarrassment, date again, get that new job. A new TeethXpress smile with fixed teeth can help get you there!
Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist specialist.