Bob is retired and had been seeing a local Dentist and Periodontist regularly for many years. He routinely had periodontal (gum) treatment and fillings done. Having chipped another front tooth, he was frustrated and made his first appointment with Dr Lidums to have it repaired. He said that every time he chewed down on it, he experienced a lot of pain.
It quickly became evident that despite Bob’s best efforts, numerous teeth were failing and in fact some were already showing signs of abscesses and advanced decay. Bob was going to lose all his teeth.
Dr Lidums was concerned about discussing the other dental issues that showed on the X-ray, especially since Bob had come to us only wanting one tooth fixed. “It is always difficult to be the bearer of bad news”, said Dr Lidums. However, during discussions, Bob informed us that he was sick of having dental emergency treatments and actually he did want to attend to his whole mouth. Bob had numerous concerns:
While discussing options, Bob was very concerned about finances and felt that he probably could not afford to have anything significant done. At this point, Trudy interrupted and advised Arnis that he should do whatever was required to get Bob back to being pain free and eating comfortably. “You let us work out the finances, let’s just get on with it. His comfort and health is too important.”
Blue Print Planning (much like an architect’s Blueprint for a house) was performed and pre-work was done in our In-House Dental Laboratory to ensure the end result matched Bob’s personality and fitted well over the Dental Implants.
Bob’s remaining teeth and infections were removed and Immediate Dental Implant bridges (All-on-4 Technique) were placed on the same day. The All-on-4 Technique was used to provide a rapid solution and regain function and appearance quickly.
Bob’s failing teeth were removed and replaced to improve his ability to eat, maintain a healthy diet and once again smile with confidence. Bob delayed an overseas trip by a couple of years so that he could have his treatment and enjoy his smile and eat comfortably again.