“My implants look perfect – nobody can tell they’re not my natural teeth.” Zowie Wright
I was referred to Colin Sutton at The Dental Health Centre in Grantham three years ago when I was in my late 30s. I’d had braces when I was 11 and when they were taken off a dark patch was picked up in an x-ray. The nerve in my bottom two front teeth had died and the teeth were root filled. Over the years they had darkened and the teeth were deteriorating in my jawbone. It had got to the point where I noticed them every time I looked in the mirror and I always covered my mouth when I spoke or had my photo taken. Enough was enough. My old dentist said that I could have the root fillings removed and my teeth bleached from the inside but the peroxide leaked into my gum and I ended up with an abscess. It was incredibly painful and after that experience it took me quite some time to have the confidence to speak to Colin. My implant treatment was completed in October 2014 and I’m very pleased with how they look. My bottom teeth were slightly crooked but they’re not anymore, they’re perfect. Aesthetically, Colin has given me exactly what I wanted. I can’t fault the practice. My children go there too now. Having had experience of an NHS dentist, the £12 a month I pay now is nominal. You can’t put a price on great dentistry. I have to admit that I didn’t find the implant experience pleasant but the end result was well worth it. The treatment would have been a lot less invasive if the implants were at the back of my mouth but because they were at the front I had to wear dentures for five months. The dentures Colin made looked amazing and no-one could tell I was wearing them but I hated them. I couldn’t bite down on anything and even eating a sandwich was really difficult. I didn’t wear my dentures at home, only for work or going out, and my children found this quite a shock at first. They certainly became very aware of the importance of looking after their teeth! At first, the implants took a bit of getting used to. My tongue was always investigating this foreign object in my mouth but I soon got used to them and I’m back to eating apples and sandwiches. I don’t think about them at all now. There is extra maintenance involved in looking after implants and I have to floss down the sides and get right underneath as it’s really important to keep them clean. But if I look after them properly, the implants should last as long as my natural teeth.