See What We Can Do for an Aching Jaw
I came to see Dr. Wetterhus because I was having teeth issues. My old fillings were falling out, and after each filling fell out, the tooth it was in cracked in half and fell out, causing me a lot of problems.
Dr. Wetterhus and I discussed the best option for me, and we decided dentures was the way to go. I decided that I wanted to go with the implants because they’re more secure. You don’t have to worry about them falling out when you’re in public. I decided it was a good investment in myself.
They extracted teeth on one side first, gave me time to heal, extracted teeth on the other side. Then after about a year I got my final set of teeth which I’m thrilled with. I’ve had no problem since, it’s been wonderful. I called it my denture adventure. It went well.
Getting the implants in, I don’t recall any pain the next day at all. Most of the pain occurred when they first extracted all the teeth and I had to wear the temporary dentures. Obviously as my jaw shrunk and the fit changed, it went very quickly. Nothing moves, my teeth are permanently … I take them out, obviously, at night, and it’s very easy to take them out and clean them and put them back in. But I can eat anything I want. I have no issues whatsoever when I’m talking, when I sneeze, I don’t ever worry about them flying across the room. They’re just, they stay put.
Having these dentures is better than having my natural teeth because my natural teeth have some discoloration. They weren’t straight, I was often embarrassed of my smile, and with the dentures, the way they did the color-match and the putting them in, taking them out, I sleep with them sometimes. Nobody even knows that I have dentures. They think it’s natural. I have a lot more self confidence because my smile is so much prettier than it used to be.