My teeth are generally fine however my canine tooth and the incisor next to it are still my baby milk teeth. They look fine and are strong however obviously they appear a little smaller compared to the matching teeth the other side. The same incisor on the opposite side was also a baby tooth with no second tooth present so when this tooth fell out I was left with a gap.
After a trip to my local dentist years ago I was advised an implant would be the best option.
I had an implant fitted however was never really happy with the positioning of it.
It was lighter in colour, sat higher than the rest of my teeth and protruded. Because of this I have always been conscious of my smile and never liked to laugh or give a big smile in front of people.
This is really unfortunate as in life I am a happy, smiley, friendly person and I always feel I am not being myself because of my teeth.
After Sam and Nic had their recent invisalign treatment I was curious to see if there was anything that could be done to make me happier about my teeth.
I went along to Smilepod in Bank, London for a consultation with Veronica who is the implant specialist.
Going to that appointment was really nerve wracking. I'm not scared or nervous of the dentist generally however I was worried they would say there's nothing they can do or it would be so expensive I could never afford it.
The receptionist Becky and dentist Veronica were both very welcoming and friendly so I was instantly put at ease.
Veronica had a thorough look over my teeth. Carefully checking teeth alignment, strength, my gums and even my jaw, (turns out I have a clicky jaw also!).
We discussed my feelings about my teeth and then the options I could have. I was so pleased that there was even an option!
We came up with a treatment plan that included the following...
My current implant crown would be removed and I could get a new crown that would sit lower to align with the teeth either side. Because my new crown would be lower it would mean that I needed extra gum at the top of the tooth.
Now I think there are all sorts of gum transplant etc that you can have to build gum but this is obviously quite a bit of surgery and sounds very painful.
Veronica explained that they could make me a new crown (tooth) that has pink porcelain at the top of it that would blend in with my natural gum. This would result in a normal sized tooth and a special secret piece of gum attached.
|Not my teeth but an example of a crown with pink porcelain attached|
They could then use a composite on my baby teeth the other side to build them up to look slightly bigger. Compound is almost like a tooth coloured putty, which they apply to the tooth and then set it with a UV light. The composite is then set hard and looks exactly the same as your normal tooth.
The treatment plan was all written down for me to have a think about along with the costing’s.
I could pay for the treatment in instalments, which was great to know.
I decided to go for it and my next appointment is on the 30th May.
In this treatment Veronica will remove my current implant crown, measure me up for my new crown and fit a temporary crown for me until my real one is made.
My new crown will then be ready in around two weeks for me to go back and have it fitted.
How do I feel?
I feel nervous but really excited. I am excited that I’m being proactive about something I have always hated but I feel nervous that I have such a high expectation that whatever they do will never look as perfect as I would like.
I try to be positive and think that whatever they do will be an improvement so it beats the alternative of leaving it and always being unhappy with my smile.
The two hour train journey to London next week will be the longest journey ever and I will most probably be feeling teary and sorry for myself but hopefully I will leave the appointment feeling super confidant and happy so if you see a crazy girl smiling at everyone in East London on Thursday, it's just me showing off my new tooth albeit a temporary one for now.
Part 2 to follow soon.............
I would love to hear your similar dental stories or if you have ever had a pink porcelain crown.