What you see is not always what you get! It is like an iceberg. What shows is only a small part of the total reality. It is what is underneath that is critically important.
And so it is with teeth…
Patients are often surprised when, after agreeing to a complete examination, we look at the x-rays together. They have come in with a problem that needs solving but a deeper look is always needed. They may not know that besides the immediate problem, they have impacted wisdom teeth or a failed root treatment or dental decay or even a failed implant. The list goes on. You can then ask questions and find out even more.
As a professional, our job is to present the total picture in order to treat with informed consent.
All these are situations that can be treated.
But the point is – one has to look underneath the surface.
Our patient lives in East London. She consulted the dentist there wanting to improve her smile. Her teeth were crooked and one tooth was missing. It was affecting her self-esteem. He said the problem could not be treated!
After having done a Google search, she flew to Johannesburg. We were certainly able to help her. Excited with the prospect of having her smile corrected, she agreed to adult orthodontics and implant dentistry.
Treatment extended over 18 months. She had to fly up and down many times.The result is fantastic.
She is now as happy as a lark.
In her words, “ It was all worth it”