Back In the Game
Over 42 years in the education field, Tom dedicated his career to working with children and teens as a teacher, football coach, and high school principal. Although he always had bad teeth, he focused on making a positive impact through his work and caring for his family, rather than his dental health.
Over the years, Tom learned to hide his dental issues.
“I spent 30 years not smiling or smiling in such a way that people couldn’t see my teeth.”
What Tom didn’t realize was that his deteriorating dental condition was slowly taking a toll on his overall health, contributing to diabetes and high blood pressure.
“It really got critical when my cardiologist said I don’t want you to come back and see me again until you start getting something done about those teeth – that is the foundation of good heart health.”
Having already tried a partial denture, Tom knew full dentures wouldn’t be the right option for him. “I couldn’t keep it solid in my mouth. I did a lot of speaking, and when I’d speak it would rattle around and I’d whistle.”
Tom’s wife had seen commercials for ClearChoice, and after attending a free consultation to learn more, Tom decided to get dental implants at his local ClearChoice center.
- Name: Tom
- Age: 66
- Condition: Missing/Failing teeth
- ClearChoice Center: Kansas City
- Hid his smile or didn't smile at all
- Needed to improve his heart health
- Partial dentures didn't stay in place
- Eats whatever he wants with a better diet
- Feels comfortable smiling and talking
- Wishes he did it while he was still working
- Advice: “Invest in yourself and in your own health”
“They are a wonderful bunch of people to work with. They want you to be comfortable, and they explain everything ahead of time.”
Now, Tom couldn’t be happier with how dental implants have impacted not only his health, but also his confidence.
“I’ve been able to change what I do, when I do it and how I do it because of the freedom of not worrying about my teeth.”
Ultimately, Tom came to realize the value of caring for himself not only for his own sake but also for the sake of his wife, children and grandchildren.
“Feeling good and knowing that you’re doing the best for yourself and for your own health, that’s what’s important. It’s not the cost of having your teeth done, it’s the investment you make in yourself.”