Even before he was born, Bob Cranswick had health problems. Doctors worried Bob’s lungs weren’t developing, so they gave him a round of steroids when he was still in utero. These steroids potentially led to a series of health issues after Bob was born six weeks premature. Surgeries, irregular growth spurts and an oral condition Bob’s childhood dentist described as “spongy teeth” plagued Bob’s youth and young adulthood.
In August 2018, at age 34, Bob’s health seemed to take a turn for the worse. His teeth began to break off, causing not only cosmetic concerns but lesions and infections throughout his body.
His father, Mike, described him as an “amoxicillin king.” Bob would get an infection, a doctor would prescribe amoxicillin, he would get better and then two weeks later, he would get another infection, and the cycle would begin again. Eating and everyday activities became increasingly difficult.
“To sit there and watch him eat on broken teeth was horrible,” says Mike. “You know your kids are going to have issues growing up, but when you have kids who have issues as adults, it really hits hard. You want to do anything you can to be put in their position or make your son’s life better.”
Mike and Bob agreed they needed to seek real help. Mike found a nearby dentist who offered to perform a $25,000 surgery, but the surgery would be temporary, and Bob would have to get the work redone in five years.
Bob continued searching online for the best solution and discovered All-On-Four® dental implants, titanium teeth implants that replace teeth with just eight implants—four on the top and four on the bottom—rather than individual implants for each tooth.
This discovery of All-On-4® led Bob to Dr. Kamran Haghighat, a dual board-certified specialist in periodontics and Oral Implantology. Bob booked a consultation and immediately felt at ease and confident about his choice. And thus began his journey towards regaining his oral as well as total body health.
“The day of the surgery is what really told me I had the right guy,” recalls Mike, regarding Dr. Haghighat.
“Dr. Haghighat came out of the surgery room that day and sat beside me in the waiting room. He had good news and bad news. The bad news? What initially had appeared to be small infections associated with some teeth was a large cystic lesion that had grown to a size extending across 5 teeth, destroying a significant amount of bone in the upper jaw. This cyst was causing a lot of Bob’s oral symptoms including pain and repeated infections. The good news? Dr. Haghighat managed to remove the cyst and treat the extensive bone destruction. He completed the same day teeth with All-On-4 dental implants in one arch and postponed the other arch until Bob's bone was healthy and strong again."
“I knew right then I didn’t have to worry about this anymore,” says Mike.
Despite completing only one arch, Bob had already gained a new healthier smile that day that he was happy to share for the first time in years. A few months of bone healing passed and his upper implants were also placed in the new bone that was regenerated after the cyst removal. He has temporary bridges now and soon will begin the final stage of getting his permanent teeth.
Mike says Bob’s life is already changing for the better. Although Bob had to be on a mostly soft-food diet until the implants are healed in bone, he smiles and laughs without covering his mouth and looks forward to the day he can bite into an apple, something he hasn’t been able to do in many years. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Bob, and it seems to be getting brighter and brighter.
Soon after Bob’s first surgery, Mike received a call from local chiropractor Dr. Kenneth Wecker of Elite Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Gresham. Each year, Dr. Wecker hosts a golf tournament to raise money for a local person in need. This year, after a friend nominated Bob, they selected him as the beneficiary.
“For you to get a phone call like that, it’s life-changing,” says Mike.
In July, 132 people participated in the tournament, including Dr. Haghighat, who was there the entire day, playing in the tournament and answering questions about Bob’s case and implant surgery.
“I just don’t see many doctors doing that,” says Mike, who has been increasingly impressed with Dr. Haghighat’s availability, attentiveness and chair-side manner: “I could call him up on the phone and talk to him any time. I can’t do that with other doctors…he makes himself available.”
The golf tournament raised $5,500 dollars, which will cover a small portion of Bob’s upcoming and past surgeries. But one thing Mike has learned through this process is what he calls “the perception of value.” A surgery like this is worth the money because it will change his son’s life.
“A lot of people won’t hire someone because of their teeth,” Mike explains. “Everything is appearance. Everything is perception. And with this, I can lay my head down [at night] and know my son is going to have an equal chance at becoming a legitimate, bonafide adult without any problems in the future. That’s what I’m really happy about.”
To learn more about Bob’s road to health or to make a donation to his surgery and medical expenses, visit his Go Fund Me page at ca.gofundme.com/f/bobcranswick.