Bridging the Gap

Growing up, Billie “B.J.” Bowser never liked losing a tooth and waiting for a new one to grow in, like most other kids her age.

Photo by Fred Bellet.

Billie’s new bridge fits perfectly in her mouth, and her teeth match.

“I can remember losing teeth, and the adult teeth would never appear,” B.J. recalls. “I always had gaps in my smile. It was awful growing up with that. I have my two adult front teeth, but the ones on the sides of those never grew in. I always had gaps there as a young child and pre-teen. I hated having my picture taken, and it was really tough growing up with that. You really have no idea how your smile impacts your life.
“I’ve seen dental specialists since I was fifteen years old. I got my first bridge at that age. I had three others since then, and none of those were ever a natural, perfect fit.”
Working in the health care field, B.J.’s job requires public speaking engagements. In recent years, she had become embarrassed by how her teeth looked.
“I always had a great smile when I was a child, but once I lost my baby teeth, my smile was never the same. I was uncomfortable every time I opened my mouth,” she shares. “The teeth weren’t the right shape or color, and my bite was off. It never felt like me. I could never find a dentist who took the time and put forth the effort to do the work the right way.”
B.J. and her husband are licensed foster parents. The couple recently adopted two children they were fostering and have become a family.
“I know there will be family portraits, and I got to a point where I wanted the confidence I have in my life right now to match a confident smile.”
B.J. read an article in Florida Health Care News featuring Katrine Farag, DMD, of Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers.
“I had no idea where to turn to find a skilled dentist who could permanently fix my issue once and for all,” B.J. relays. “I read an article about Dr. Farag and I thought to myself, If she can help that person, I think she can help me, too.

Better Appearance and Function

“When I met with B.J. initially and examined her mouth, the first thing that struck me was that her bite was off,” Dr. Farag shares. “The reason her bite was off was because the existing bridgework was not made properly. The shapes of the teeth were too rounded and did not match her face cosmetically. The size and color of the teeth were also not flattering for her.
“B.J. is just forty years old and has been living with this for years. She is much too young not to be happy and to be self-conscious about her smile. I wanted to restore the confidence she had lost. The bridge she had obviously needed to be replaced, not just for aesthetic reasons, but because it did not fit properly in her mouth.”
Dr. Farag recommended creating a new, six-unit bridge to attach to the adjoining teeth.
“We took a full set of x-rays and made models of B.J.’s existing bridge to send to the lab for a mock-up of an improved look.”
Prior to the models being sent to the lab, Dr. Farag and B.J. chose the shape and color of the teeth for the new bridge.
“B.J. did not want her smile to look fake or unnatural, so we chose the shade and size carefully. I always involve my patients with their dental health,” continues Dr. Farag. “I never make a decision for someone without them being part of the process. It’s their smile.”

A Permanent Fix

The entire process, from start to finish, was completed in three visits.
“I had the temporary bridge in, before the permanent bridge was completed, and that temporary provided me the perfect outlook toward the final product. I was so excited!”

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Bridge

Now that the final bridge has been placed, B.J. is ecstatic over the look and feel of her permanent bridge. She is grateful to Dr. Farag for her expertise and chairside manner.
“Dr. Farag was amazing from the moment I sat in the dental chair,” B.J. raves. “She listened to my concerns, and we worked together to come up with a solution. It’s a dental partnership because she involved me in the entire process.”
B.J. says she has a newfound confidence she has never experienced before.
“Once I had the permanent fixture placed, I could not believe how it looked. It is amazing to me! I can go to a restaurant and order anything I want and not worry about my bite and about chewing anything.
I feel one hundred percent confident again, thanks to Dr. Farag!”

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    • Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers

      Dr. Farag looks forward to hearing from readers of Florida Health Care News. His office is conveniently located  at 16601 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (239) 466-3131.... Read More

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