Karen from Bradenton, Florida shares her experience at Coastal Jaw Surgery in this Success Story. We are honored that Karen chose to trust us with her smile. We sat down with Karen to discuss her implants and how her life has changed after she
What were some of your dental problems and how did they affect you?
I had a six-tooth bridge and it broke like three times, and it was like $4,000, and another $3,000, another $4,000. I finally got mad and said, “just pull ’em.” My husband did dentures; I could do dentures. No. I should have had the implants done then. I was very, very uncomfortable with my dentures. I felt like I had a mouth full of plastic. I couldn’t taste food. I probably ate more than I should because I couldn’t taste food. When I was home, they were out. The first thing I did when I walked in the door was take my dentures out. I was absolutely miserable. I didn’t want to go out and eat. I had to be very careful about what I ate. I tried to eat as much as I could without my teeth–they were that miserable. So I would eat soft foods so I didn’t have to wear them. I went out of my way to avoid wearing them…Every place I went I was thinking about where can I go to take these out.
I used to have headaches constantly…in the jaw….I would wake up in the morning and my jaw would hurt. I don’t have the jaw headaches anymore.
What do you like about your teeth now?
It was a huge, huge relief for me. I am just so comfortable. It’s like I’m comfortable in my own skin now. I feel like I’m back to when I had all my teeth. When I first met Dr. Pikos I just had that much confidence in him that he was going to make me feel whole again, feel that all my teeth are mine. It’s back to being normal, like my teeth grew back in. I am just so confident when I look in the mirror and I see my teeth.
I have no idea that they are implants now. They just feel permanent–and they are.
And I can eat salad. I love salads, and I was just having an awful time eating them without teeth. It’s helped me a lot with my health.
Did you have any concerns?
Many years ago I did have a phobia about dentists, and I think it’s just because I knew a lot of bad ones.
I said, oh I couldn’t afford those implants. No. There is no question now. It was worth every penny. I just knew I had to do it. I knew I had to. It was the best thing I did in my life.
If somebody told me I had to do it all over again tomorrow, I’d do it again.