Before Mrs. Manolita S. Silvestre, a businesswoman from Manila received her first set of dental implants for her lower jaw, she was carefully screened for underlying problems. This is to ensure that the person receiving the implant is physically and mentally fit.
“Prospective candidates for dental implants (artificial teeth surgically implanted in the jawbone) are usually checked for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. , “Explained Dr. Joseph D. Lim, a member of the Philippine Dental Association, former associate dean and previously a faculty of the University of the East College of Dentistry, and honorary fellow/member of the Asian Oral Implant Academy and the Japan College of Oral Implantologists.
Fortunately, Silvestre turned out to be an ideal candidate for dental implants and surgery was scheduled. On that day, however, something unexpected happened.
“My whole body was shaking – not because I was scared but because I took some tranquilizers. To avoid trouble, the operation had to be moved to another date. When that day came, I did not take anything and everything was fine, she said.
The operation was performed by Lim and took about four hours since four implants were inserted into Silvestre’s jaw at the same time. The following month, Silvestre received her second set of implants.
“The pain was tolerable. The original plan was for me to be sedated but I did not agree. So they operated on me using local anesthesia.” The rest, as they say, is history, “she said.
Silvestre now has a full set of teeth thanks to the science of oral implantology. She can eat what she wants, engage in any physical activity, and face the world with a smile.
“I’m fond of public speaking but I have to look presentable.” Dental implants have made those things possible for me. They’re comfortable and convenient. (Next: Why implants are better than dentures.)
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