D. Umeria of Harrow, London. Case study
I had an interesting history of issues with my teeth since my teenage days. Firstly, overcrowding leading to removal of several teeth in hospital, then braces to correct the crooked teeth, followed by removal of 4 wisdom teeth in a hospital. Then, this was followed with issues with my bite leading to constant headaches and at the time inability to open my mouth in a wide position. The outcome was that I was unable to to have the correct bite when chewing food, and this was worsened with constant grinding of my teeth, which meant by the time I was in my thirties the height on my lower teeth had been worn away.
I was fortunate to have a dentist early on who tried to tackle these multiple issues, and after several prolonged treatments he managed to increase the opening of my mouth. Then by chance my dentist was aware of a visit by an American professor who had undertaken work on the angle of teeth to improve the biting position and reduce the pressure on the jaw muscles. We went to Kings College University where this professor worked on my teeth by altering the angle of certain teeth so the bite would sit correctly. I remember that day vividly as immediately all the muscles started relaxing in my jaw and when my upper & lower jaw met for the first time in the correct biting position, there was a distinct clatter of the teeth.
However, I was still continuing to grind my teeth. I went through a cycle of visiting my GP, my local dentist who referred me to Eastman dental hospital, then then there was a merry go round of seeing various consultants, attending pain management clinics, and then a consultant at Eastman who suggested I wore a hard splint at night. For me this was ideal, and a hard splint was made and fitted at the Eastman Dental Hospital, with frequent trips to hospital to make the adjustments to the splint to prevent the daily wrath of headaches I was experiencing. I wore this splint for several years and became 100 per cent dependent on it. It was my life saver. I broke several in the process but as technology evolved they became much stronger resulting in one which was made with reinforced wires.
It was then by pure chance that I came across Dental Elegance. My friend`s brother was a dentist and I happen to mention some of the issues I was having and he was amazed that I knew so much about the bite and related issues. I went to see him in his practice and upon examination he realised the issues I was facing. I had broken a tooth from the constant grinding and it had split down the middle a classic case of the effects of grinding. Then there was the loss of height from having worn away much of the biting surface from the upper and lower teeth making it difficult to bite evenly & embarrassing for me to smile.
Dan took impressions of both jaws & explained how he was going to manage the multiple dental problems. On the first visit Dan built up the upper teeth with a strong compound and to improve the aesthetics & build height before moving onto the lower teeth. On the second visit he inserted a new tooth with a bridge to fill the gap left by the broken tooth. Finally, he worked professionally on building up the lower front teeth to ensure the edges were positioned correctly and meeting correctly, enhancing both the appearance and my smile, and ensuring my speech was not impeded. Surprisingly, the entire treatment took just three visits.
It felt strange after each visit as my bite was being altered and teeth built up and then checks to see that the they were meeting correctly, aligned with a perfect smile.
My mouth was completely transformed and looked completely natural. Dan made me feel at ease throughout the entire process. He took the time to explain what he was doing and why
The outcome was I had a completely new biting position, which looked great, given that my teeth were not in the correct position for so long.
It was strange all this work at a fraction of the cost of what I was quoted in Harley Street! More importantly my fears of how I was going to overcome this daily problem, answered by meeting Dan Patel, and his leading expertise & knowledge with his ground-breaking work. Life changing results for me. I left Dental Elegance with a beaming smile.
D. Umeria of Harrow
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