Last week, I received an email from a patient I treated in 1995 while in my Advanced Specialty Training Program in Prosthodontics. I’ll call him John. John asked if I was the same “regular Joe”? I asked John how he was doing. He said “well” and that his teeth and dental implants I made in 1995, were still holding strong. John related that his wife, Allison was suffering with dentures that don’t fit well. John made an appointment for his loving wife for 2 days later.
We had a lovely visit together. See, John is a comedian and he plays the steel guitar. But John’s wife, Allison was suffering. Allison had the same lower denture for 40 years. 40 YEARS! Wow! She wanted to use it as a doorstop.
Allison had another denture from 10 years ago, but it never fit. Allison only wore the 10-year old denture for 2 days. The new denture went to the drawer. Occasionally she would try to file the denture with her nail file (I don’t recommend this). However, Allison could never get the denture to stay in place. It floated (like on air).
Alison learned to uncomfortably adapt to wearing teeth that do not fit. Allison takes her teeth out at home and does not feel whole. Allison lost hope. Allison is not alone.
John had seen me on TV and so reached out to reconnect. We maintained a good relationship and he was pleased with his dental care from 1995. Allison’s birthday was coming soon and he wanted to treat her to better fitting teeth.
Dr. Joseph Kravitz shared that he examined Allison’s mouth and found that she has sufficient bone for dental implants. We treatment planned 3 dental implants to firmly hold Allison’s lower denture. We presented various options and the 3 dental implant option for the lower denture seemed to make the most sense.
2 days later, I installed three dental implants with the 3 Minute Implant technique. Allison was nervous at first. But after realizing that she was safe and comfortable, her fears subsided. Within 30 minutes the denture was fixed firmly to the new dental implants. I could move Allison’s entire head by her lower teeth. Allison was shocked…and pleased. I also relined the upper denture and was able to get the denture to hold with great suction. There was no need to use dental implants or denture adhesive to retain the upper teeth. John was grateful and appreciative for the help we provided Allison.
John and Allison left the office happy and satisfied. Dr. Joe Kravitz relates, “The 3 Minute Implant improved both of their lives.” Our team gains great pleasure out of helping wonderful people like John and Allison.
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