Dental Confidence patient Laura has had many issues with her teeth due to a condition that means some of her permanent teeth have not developed. Because the two teeth next to her front teeth (lateral incisors), were her remaining baby, or primary teeth, they had become problematic in her adult life, and had become loose. These teeth eventually had to be removed, but Laura was certain she did not want to be left with gaps, a bridge or dentures.
Because the dental issue was related to a condition Laura was born with, dental implants were made available to her through the NHS. However, after having them placed, Laura discovered one implant was not healing, and needed urgent medical attention.
"I know it sounds silly- but those three years were quite traumatic, and so it was a huge relief to have that trauma taken away by Dr Sanders."
“I was actually in excruciating pain with one of the implants, after only a week of having it put in.” explains Laura. “I was in so much pain, I could barely lift my head off of the pillow.”
It was then that Laura visited a friend who worked as a dentist, who advised that she needed to see an implant dentist as soon as possible. Laura’s friend recommended Dr Peter Sanders, and made an appointment at Dental Confidence, where he had sent his own patients for implants.
“When Dr Sanders saw the implants, he immediately knew they had to be taken out. It turned out that both implants were infected, and I needed a bone graft to properly go ahead with the treatment. I had seen other dental implant surgeons for consultations before this, but I felt immediately comfortable with Peter and Dental Confidence. I am a firm believer that if someone is going to be working in my mouth, I need to feel completely at ease- and I got a really good feeling from Dr Sanders and his team.”
“He also made it very clear when describing what was going to happen and when. With others, I found it difficult to pinpoint exactly what was going to happen. They were vague and gave no real timescale. Pete sat me down and took me through everything. He explained that I needed a bone graft. He made clear what that was, what was going to happen, how and when, and so I was fine with it. He was very chilled out and put no pressure on me.”
“I hadn’t realised how damaging this had been to my mental health. I felt like an 80-year-old woman taking her teeth out every night."
“The whole team looked after me so well and were always asking if I needed anything or wanted a break during the treatment, and if I was ok. I felt so looked after. They even began to recognise my voice on the phone! Pete’s nurse Tracey was so lovely and easy to talk to if there was anything I didn’t know about, she would explain everything.”
“And when the implants were fitted… well, the impact was enormous.” Laura’s problems with her teeth had been going on since 2018, and for a long period of this time, she had been wearing a denture plate.
“It wasn’t until Dr Sanders fitted the final implants that I realised how traumatic everything had been.” said Laura “I hadn’t realised how damaging this had been to my mental health. I felt like an 80-year-old woman taking her teeth out every night, and after I took the plate out, I wouldn’t speak to my husband, I’d go to straight bed. I wouldn’t go out for meals- I didn’t realise the impact it was having and how the whole thing had been messing with my head.”
“Since having implants at Dental Confidence, I feel like I have proper, solid teeth. I’m now so much more confident, I smile properly in pictures, and feel differently about everything. It’s the nicest feeling. I know it sounds silly- but those three years were quite traumatic, and so it was a huge relief to have that trauma taken away by Dr Sanders and his team at Dental Confidence, and put it all to bed.”