At 23, a simple trip shattered Charlotte’s confidence: happily we were able to help put it all back together again. The sparkling smile tells its own remarkable story…
Charlotte had always been proud of her smile but, aged just 23, whilst on holiday with friends she slipped in the bathroom and fell straight onto her beautiful front teeth. Three of her four upper incisors were very badly damaged, one being knocked out completely. She was devastated.
Initially she was given a denture to replace the missing tooth, and her dentist did everything possible to patch up the broken ones. Over subsequent months though, her damaged teeth discoloured and her gums receded. She found the denture acutely embarrassing too, and simply stopped smiling. Fortunately, her best friend’s mother had received treatment at The Implant Centre and was sure we could help Charlotte.
Assessment & Treatment
Our thorough assessment included a CT scan, which showed exactly how much bone Charlotte had lost around these teeth as a result of her accident and the infections that followed: it was obvious that the treatment would be far from simple. However we reassured her that we’d be able to recreate her beautiful smile, and that we’d never leave her without teeth during the treatment.
Though it was inevitably a longer process than for most of our patients, Charlotte was able to see regular and steady progress as we repaired the jaw damage and placed her implants. When we fitted a temporary bridge to sculpt the gum into the contours we needed, Charlotte was thrilled to at last be able to throw away the hated denture!
With the considerable damage Charlotte had suffered to bone, teeth and gums, we all knew that this was going to be a challenging case and were as delighted as she was with the spectacular results.
When we fitted her final bridge and she saw it in the mirror for the first time, Charlotte’s confidence flooded back. She could be proud of her beautiful smile once again…