INITIAL PERIODONTAL THERAPY AND TREATMENT PLAN
New diagnostic records were taken in preparation for the creation of a diagnostic wax-up. Because her dental needs were so great, we decided to do more than just repair the teeth that were damaged as a result of her abuse. Carmen needed a more comprehensive solution to her dental condition, so we opted to perform full-mouth rehabilitation. Our treatment would consist of restoring what was left of her upper and lower arches with crowns and a bridge and the eventual placement of four posterior implants or the fabrication of a lower removable partial denture.
Her self-confidence had already increased tremendously with her temporary restorations, and she had received many compliments on her improved appearance. She was still learning to smile naturally, but this was becoming easier each day that passed as her inner joy bubbled to the surface. Carmen was looking forward to a new future filled with hope and happiness.
A little more than three months after our first consultation, we delivered exquisite porcelain restorations created by our talented ceramist, Marv Staggs, the owner of Precision Dental Restorations (PDR) in Oregon. Marv generously donated all twenty porcelain units to help Carmen create a new life for herself. His contribution was tremendously appreciated by all of us.
Carmen cried elatedly when she held up the mirror to observe her beautiful new smile. The warm hugs that she gave to my dental team and me made all of the work well worthwhile. Being able to help someone like Carmen in such a significant way was humbling for all of us. We all felt like we received much more from this experience than what we gave.
POST Ė OPERATIVE NOTES
Additionally, she has committed herself to helping other women who have been the victims of domestic violence. She will be the guest speaker at an event that we are planning to benefit the womenís shelters in our area. Her dream is to one day appear on Oprahís television show to tell her story and to inspire other women to take control of their lives and to heal the physical and emotional wounds that have afflicted them.
My team and I feel blessed to have participated in Carmenís dental and emotional rehabilitation. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful, loving family, a satisfying career, good health, and everything that I ever wanted out of life. I feel that it is our social responsibility to give back with the gifts and talents we possess, and the more that we have, the more that we have to give. I have tried to surround myself with people who feel the same way, and they showed that same commitment through their generous support of Carmen in her life-changing journey with us.
Dr. Arnold was very gentle, very compassionate, and he created a very relaxing atmosphere for my care. Fixing the external problems with my teeth went very well. This is also helping me to fix whatís on the inside.
People judge you by your appearance, and Iím happy that I no longer have to worry about laughing, smiling, or speaking when Iím with others.
I feel so good, and Iím trying to pay it forward. I want to touch as many lives as possible. I would like to appear on Oprah to draw attention to the dangers of domestic violence, and I would like to create a website that will provide support and help for victims of abuse.
I am so blessed and am forever grateful."
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