Case Study by Bulimia Nervosa
When Rose came to see us, she was a healthy, 31-year-old young woman. She found us through an internet search for a restorative sedation dentist in the Scottsdale area to address her extensive dental restorative needs.
Rose worked as a waitress at a restaurant and bar and had been fixing only a couple of teeth at a time as she could afford it. When Rose walked into our office, we noticed two things right away; her eyes didn’t “sparkle” and her smile did not look like one belonging to a typical 31-year-old.
Rose had been through a lot as a teenager. She suffered psychological trauma as she watched her family fall apart. At the age of 14, Rose developed bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, which continued until she was 19-years-old. While she eventually sought counseling for the psychological trauma and received treatment for her eating disorder, the damage caused by years of purging was huge.
Every one of her teeth had been damaged. Rose was tired of the a la carte approach she had been taking and turned to Dr. Reem Kidess for treatment. Rose’s treatment required a team approach between Dr. Kidess and a periodontal specialist. Once a treatment plan was established, Rose’s entire treatment took 5 sedation appointments over the period of 8 months.
It included full mouth reconstruction, which included 5 implants, crown lengthening procedures, and then crowns to restore her teeth and implants to ideal aesthetics, form, function and stability.
For Rose, the final transformation was literally life-changing. The investment in her smile and oral health gave her the confidence she needed to pursue success in a nursing program.
She graduated exactly one year later, and currently has a sparkle in her eyes (and smile!), and has a fulfilling career and a well-paying job in a field that she loves.