Emily had struggled for over a decade with chronic periodontal disease and despite her best efforts to maintain her teeth, it felt like a losing battle. She had had many different types of periodontal procedures aimed at arresting the disease progression but they ultimately left her with unstable teeth that were unsightly.
Long-term use of medicated mouth rinses had stained the teeth and consequently, she was embarrassed to smile. She had low self-esteem and wanted to talk and laugh without having to cover her mouth.
We restored her smile and function with upper and lower All On Four implant-retained fixed prosthesis. The implants were placed on the same day as the extractions with a temporary bridge. After a 6-month healing phase, the final titanium/acrylic bridges were fabricated and delivered. There is no longer a need to cover her mouth and she can smile and function without reservation and with confidence.
What Emily says . . .
"I have been struggling with periodontal issues for over 10 years and tried so hard to preserve my natural teeth. Cleanings every two months, laser gum surgery, and taking extra home care steps did not stop me from losing teeth and getting abscesses. Bone loss was increasing rapidly.
I was afraid of getting all-on-four surgery top and bottom because I didn't know how I would look or if it would be effective. But my choices were that or dentures.
I am very glad I went through with the implants. Dr. Haghighat was understanding of my fears and successfully achieved working teeth for me! He was gentle, took his time so everything would heal properly, and was a perfectionist crafting beautiful teeth. I can confidently eat again and look great. Thank you doctor! The staff were so kind as well.
I highly recommend Portland Perio Implant Center. To all the scared patients I say... everything will be ok, just do it and bring your teddy bear to the appointments. It helps to squeeze a paw."