When I looked around my remaining teeth I could see a few more which would also be at risk of fracture and I didn’t want to be in a place where my teeth were extracted one by one – facilitating a slow collapse of my oral health – then scrambling to correct the situation far too late.
My health is important to me and I fully realised that the health of my mouth is a pillar of my general health.
So I prescribed for myself 3 crowns and 3 porcelain fillings. Even in teeth which were only moderately filled. I didn’t want to miss the boat by turning up too late!
When the dentist I trust to look after my dental health was preparing the teeth for the porcelain fillings he found multiple fracture lines at the base of cusps. A stitch in time saves nine. The treatment was carried out in 2007 and has functioned perfectly ever since.
So, I had fixed the problem of my teeth wearing out but I was still subject to the laws of ageing and I hated my smile. When I was a teenager my teeth were perfectly straight, but from then to age 45 teeth are becoming increasingly crowded and misaligned. I knew that if I left them to their own devices they were only going to get worse. Because of the misalignment it was already becoming difficult to brush them adequately, I didn’t want to imagine how unhealthy my teeth would be after another 20 years of ignoring the problem (and the domino effect on my general health). I also hated how they looked.
The teeth were also becoming darker in colour, becoming more fragile and brittle (another fantastic benefit of ageing, not!) and generally looking less than healthy.
What I needed, to maintain my teeth for the rest of my life wasn’t just fiddling around the edges but a comprehensive treatment plan to maintain my oral health for my lifetime.