I grew up in Austin, Texas. Two days after I graduated high school, I was in a serious car accident. Thankfully, I was not seriously injured, but I did have several facial lacerations and my teeth were left in horrible condition. Two were completely knocked out, several were loose, and three had cracked. I was devastated and almost immediately began looking into oral surgery procedures that could repair my smile. There was no way that I could I let my teeth look like that for a minute longer than they had to.
The Choice Came Down To Austin Oral Surgery
After seeing my dentist, I was referred to an expert for Austin oral surgery that specialized in a procedure referred to as “All on 4” implants. I was able to get an appointment quickly and arrived at his office slightly apprehensive. After carefully examining the condition of my teeth, he told me that I had two options. His recommendation was for implant dentures. He also stated I could opt for dental implants in place of the two missing teeth, veneers over the cracked teeth, and bone grafting to secure the loose teeth in place. After thinking about it, I choose implant dentures because it would require slightly less work. However, I was still not happy about wearing dentures at my age.
Teeth in a Day Was Possible
I was shocked to find out that he could complete everything in one day. I arrived to his office on the day of the procedure full of nerves. He explained that I would placed under oral conscious sedation using Valium for the procedure. After I was in a “light” sleep, he would begin by removing my loose and cracked teeth. He would, then, place 4 implants on the top and 4 implants on the bottom. He told me that for “All on four” implants to work, at least four implants had to be placed in the jaw so that the implants would stabilize properly. If I had not needed at least four on top or four on bottom, I would not have qualified. The next thing I remember was being woke up by his assistant.
The End Results
My teeth look amazing, but that is not even the best part. The absolute best part is that no one knows I have implant dentures. They look completely natural, they cannot be removed from my mouth, they function like my original teeth, and I treat them just as I did my original teeth. As long I brush and floss like I am supposed to, they will continue to look and work great.
I never would have thought that I would require extensive dental surgery at the age of 18, but that was the only option I had following my accident. I am thankful that the only lingering injuries I faced from my car accident could be fixed by a great Austin oral surgeon. I have completely recovered, just finished up my freshman year in college, and have finally decided what my major is going to be. I am going to become a dentist so that I can help others in the same situation.