In this Patient Focus, Richard Stanbridge, a Dental Confidence patient from Southampton, explains how he had tried dentures, but found they weren't for him. Richard's research led him to discover how implants were a much better option, allowing him to eat what he wanted and smile confidently....
“I had lost several teeth and had tried dentures in the past, but just couldn’t get on with them. They were so uncomfortable and moved around and slipped when I spoke or ate. It was embarrassing to wear them and it felt like I was carrying a brick in my mouth.
I had a few teeth left at the bottom, but when I lost those I decided I would have implant retained dentures fitted. I did some research on the web and decided that implants were definitely right for me.
Dental Confidence had an excellent reputation, so I visited Dr Peter Sanders and he explained everything about implants to me. During a consultation Peter talked me through the various options and price ranges available. It actually turned out that the cheaper option, which Peter recommended, was the best one for me.
People often say, ‘how was the surgery, I bet that hurt’- but I can honestly say -hand on heart- that throughout the whole treatment - I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t even feel the injection. After around 5 short appointments everything was complete. Now I have teeth again.
If someone asked me what was the difference between implant retained dentures and normal dentures, I would say it’s a different world. Having implants has made such a difference to my life. My wife has noticed a huge change- as I now look completely different.
My confidence has also improved. I can now smile at people- whereas before I used to grin without showing my teeth.
And it feels so good to be able to eat whatever I want again. To have the freedom of biting an apple or eating pork crackling was something I really missed.
People think it isn’t a big thing, but to be able to eat food that you couldn’t before, makes a huge difference. Implants are as close to having your own teeth back as you can get- and they look and feel just like they are mine.”
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