“Sometimes the years are kind and it still doesn’t help,” Amy said, holding her hand up in front of her mouth. “You can only work with what you’ve been given.” The Boston woman doesn’t like to tell the story, but a few years in a bad relationship left her without two of her teeth on the right side of her mouth and four on the left. She’s extremely self-conscious about their absence; her adult children, when asked, can’t remember the last time they saw their Mother smile.
“It’s sad, really,” Traci said. “Mom is a happy person. She’s very joyful at heart. But because she’s worried about what people think if they see her teeth are missing, they never get to see her smile. So she comes across as very standoffish, when that’s so far from being the truth.”
Missing teeth can make people very self conscious. Whether it’s through an abusive situation, an automobile accident, prolonged sickness, or other misadventure, people can lose one or more teeth. There are treatment options available, including dental implants and dentures.
“Mom is so timid that she didn’t even want the dentist to know she was missing her teeth,” Traci explained. “We had to say to her “You know he’s seen this before!”
Our dental practice in Quincy MA has, over the years, certainly encountered patients with many different situations where they’re missing teeth. Some people are only missing one tooth – but it’s right in the front. Other people are missing multiple teeth. One thing that unifies these people is that they often feel ashamed, even though missing teeth is not their fault.
Our mission is to help everyone feel great about their smile. We will never judge or shame you for the fact your teeth aren’t where they used to be. We gently examine your mouth to discover what the situation is and respectfully let you know what your treatment options are. Sedation dentistry is available, which means we can use medication so you’re not feeling scared or anxious during treatment.
“When Mom did get treatment, she felt so much better about herself,” Traci said. “She’s still shy, but now I have pictures of her smiling with my children – her grandchildren. And for me, that’s the best gift ever.”