Greeny had been suffering with a broken tooth for a week while her dentist was on vacation but today was the day of her appointment. The dentist, happy, tanned, and smiling, was ready to work again after his relaxing time on the ocean. His assistant took an x-ray and confirmed the took was cracked and could not be salvaged. They turned on the nitrous oxide, which made the shots in the gum and palate hurt just a little less. Soon Greeny was feeling jolly.
While the dentist went and worked on another patient as the shots took effect, the assistant showed Greeny one of the marvels of modern dentistry, a dental plate that literally snaps into place in your mouth. In order to do it, two dental implants on either side of the mouth are installed, then “snap” are installed, where the denture plate has the other side of the snap. Amazing but costly: $10,000. Stats on satisfaction with the snap-in dentures aside from cost is promising.
The dentist came back into the room and the tooth was out in a matter of minutes. Greeny was relieved that the tooth was gone but worried about the gap it created in her smile. She left the office with a lot to think about.