The Cullen Dental Practice has moved to Century Dental Clinic, Ravenna Rd, Putney, SW15 6AW, 0208 788 9999
T: 0208 788 9999
Oh what a difference 18 months can make!
When Patrick and Moya first started working on my mouth I never realised how different my mouth could feel or how much extra confidence it could mean for me. I have ground my teeth together for most of my life and I had worn down about 1/3 of my upper front teeth. I knew they looked bad (never good for a dentist like me) but I could always find an excuse to put off the treatment I knew I needed.
Once I had my bite adjusted I had all my old amalgam fillings replaced with new white ones. I then had a short course of orthodontic work to upright my two lower wisdom teeth which had come through crooked. This took up the major part of the time required for all my treatment. By turning these lower wisdom teeth into useful functioning teeth, the destructive forces I produce when I grind are spread over a larger number of teeth, thereby spreading the load.
Once my bite had been corrected and my wisdom teeth brought into function, it was finally time for the cosmetic work to be done. Patrick has placed porcelain veneers (a bit like high tech false fingernails) onto the front four of my upper teeth and 2 full crowns onto my canines. The canines need the extra strength of the crowns as these are the teeth that guide the bite and therefore have to withstand additional forces when chewing.
What was it like having all this work done? Well it is certainly not something you would wish to go through every day. Patrick and Moya are very good at giving painless injections, but it is never fun lying back in a dental chair. There were times when the treatment was uncomfortable — particularly the orthodontic work (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve had braces yourself) but I always felt I was in safe hands and I knew that Patrick and Moya had my best interest at heart.
What is my mouth like now? It is only once you are truly able to smile without worrying about your teeth that you realise how much you had avoided smiling. I never thought that my teeth affected me much. I have never felt short of confidence, but when I first got my beautiful new teeth I kept catching myself not smiling and I suddenly realised how much I had been hiding my old teeth. Now I can smile un-self-consciously for the first time in years.
I got married earlier this month and the wedding photos speak for themselves!
Take the plunge and get your teeth sorted out properly by professionals who care.
Yours Mr Bill Schaeffer BDS, MBBS, FDS RCS Eng, MRCS Eng