Dental Implants Can Save Lives

A glass jaw model clearly shows dental implants.At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, we love to watch our patients step back out with more confident smiles than before. Some walked in with one or more missing teeth, had dentures that they were unsatisfied with, or were at risk of losing teeth to various periodontal diseases. But there have also been cases where dental implants can save someone’s life.

Alex’s Journey to Dental Implants

In the case of UK resident Alex Kerr, dental implants came to the rescue after she suffered from an accident and was denied coverage by NHS (the National Health Service) in the UK. Alex Kerr was riding her bike home from work one evening when she was struck by a car. She was in a coma for a week, and suffered from a broken pelvis, jaw and wrist, and both knees dislocated. However, while these injuries were cared for and she recovered, the NHS refused to finance her teeth replacement treatment after she woke to find that her six front teeth had been knocked out in the accident. It was quite a rude awakening.

Nevertheless, Alex Kerr brought attention to her story after openly admitting that she couldn’t leave her house for fear of the unwanted attention she would get with six of her front teeth missing. Luckily, Dr. Wynand de Jeger of Brooklands Dental Practice was nearby. Hearing her story, Dr. de Jeger was happy to provide the dental implants she needed for free.

Tooth Loss and Your Oral Health

Alex Kerr was lucky that Dr. de Jeger could provide the dental implants she needed. What many people and patients in Gainesville, FL may not realize is that Alex was at risk for a lot more than just an embarrassing smile.

When a tooth is lost, regardless of how it was removed, it leaves behind a large gap in the underlying jawbone as well. The bone struggles to heal and this could result in jawbone depletion or even facial collapse. Had Dr. de Jeger not come to the rescue, Alex could have experienced her cheeks sinking in, as the jaw underneath suffered from the absences of six teeth. In addition, her remaining teeth may have shifted to compensate the loss, resulting in even more facial collapse or a deeper sunken appearance.

When it comes to dental implants, the results can only be beneficial. The sooner that dental implants are applied, they can prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting and heal the bone. This is done through a process known as osseointegration – the fusion of the implant to the jawbone. When the implant is initially embedded, it triggers the bone to regenerate and weave fibers around the implant to create a firm foundation for the prosthetic tooth.

Learn More About Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth like Alex Kerr and want to regain that winning smile, contact us at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center in Gainesville, FL. Contact us about any questions you have about dental implants and schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler. During the consultation, Dr. Altschuler will examine your oral health, discuss the best treatment options for you, and determine if dental implants are right for you.