For 25 years I have been struggling with a genetic defect - hypodontia. What does it mean? There are no front teeth resulting in jawbone atrophy and difficulty in biting, chewing, and speaking. It is also an aesthetic problem.
So help me make my dream of a normal life and a beautiful smile come true!
Can you imagine functioning since the age of 6 without upper front teeth? Or worrying about the future appearance and proper functions of the face due to a jawbone deficiency? Unfortunately, I have been dealing with this problem for almost 25 years.
I was born with hypodontia - a disorder caused by a genetic defect. It means that dental buds are present but they do not come out of the gums.
My parents found out about this when I was 8 years old - after my milk teeth fell out, the permanent ones failed to develop.
As a child, I underwent several jaw surgeries to expose tooth buds with no tooth enamel, and it was a traumatic experience for such a young girl. Despite the efforts of doctors, and using an experimental method, my upper front teeth couldn't be saved.
I underwent another two surgical procedures - painful teeth curettage. The second operation was not without complications - the bone was damaged and a significant part of it had to be removed.
The front teeth were substituted with a removable denture. It was recommended that when I reach my 20th birthday, a dental implant treatment should be started.
Unfortunately, the removal of a large part of the bone mass directly under the nose and the slow decline of the palate by wearing the prosthesis for nearly 20 years led to a deplorable condition of the skeletal system of my face.
The lack of teeth and the large part of the bone has a huge impact on my life, not only because of my appearance. An open bite, problems with chewing and clear speech without a lisp are my everyday life.
At the age of 30, I have an advanced occlusal disease - my back teeth are susceptible to premature abrasions, and doctors have predicted that I will lose them really fast. I also suffer from progressive dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints, which causes headaches, neck aches and tinnitus. In addition, years of an improper chewing have led to serious digestive problems.
I’ve decided on the dental implant treatment. A few of the best specialists in my country consulted on my complicated case.
Their diagnosis was shocking - if I don’t undergo a specialist treatment, in a few years my face will be similar to the one of... witches from fairytales!
There are so few bones under the nose that soon it will to collapse affecting the breathing at the same time. This is a typical side effect of jawbone atrophy and lack of teeth. Typical, but mostly for seniors, and I'm only 30 years old!
The cost of dental implants is huge, and my treatment also requires bone transplantation (maybe even more than one), elimination of an open bite and special braces that will help with straightening my loose teeth.