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Hortense´s incredible success story

There are certain topics that always arise in conversations with friends and family. Football, politics, fashion, work, children, food, and more often than not we also end up talking about our health and our looks. Sometimes topics like our smile and dental implants might pop up. And this is great, because these are directly reflected in our quality of life and well-being, in addition to influencing self-esteem.

The story we want to tell you today is the success story of Hortense Saraiva, a patient who had her smile rehabilitated at a Swiss Dental Services clinic by having a fixed prosthesis. This story gives another view on looks. Hortense also addresses the issue of eating, which is much more enjoyable with dental implants.

We´re sure you´ll be inspired by this story!

Hortense´s heart-felt testimony

Meet Hortense Saraiva, a determined woman who is extremely satisfied with the result of her dental implants treatment, which made a great transformation to her life. Now, Hortense´s gets praise for her new looks wherever she goes.

Hortense is from Lisbon, but many years ago she moved with her husband close to Paredes de Coura, where they currently live. They used to have a restaurant, but now they are retired. Our patient thought it was time for more quality of life to better enjoy this phase.

The problem she had is more common than you´d think and has a solution!

Hortense sought our clinic in Braga to find a solution to her tooth loss problem, which affected not only her oral health, but also the aesthetic side. And she found the answer! Hortense wore a removable prosthesis but, as in most cases, it was never fixed, which prevented a correct and safe eating. 

“Ther´’s nothing better for our stomach than having a well-chewed meal and being in good shape. That was something I could´’t do”, says Hortense.

Because of the eating issue, she knew that her health was at risk due to poor digestion, as food was not properly chewed and this also influenced the absorption of nutrients. Another recurring situation was having to remove the prosthesis to be able to eat something ... but this was not just Hortense´s reality. Many patients tell us similar stories every day.

Dental Implant treatment by Swiss Dental Services

When talking about her experience with Swiss Dental Services, our patient speaks with conviction! “I think I really changed for the better, quite a lot. I am very happy!"

And, she adds, “Everybody says I´m looking really well!”

Testimonies like this prove that the rigorous, serious and respectful work we provide to each patient and our daily efforts recovering smiles in clinics - located from north to south of the country – are worth the while. A constant concern of Swiss Dental Services is to improve the procedures and work provided by each professional in the team. Patients will be seen by several professionals, of different specialties, each with an essential role in the treatment. During the oral rehabilitation process, our main goal is always to serve everyone so that they feel at home, comfortable and very well received. After all, we are the home of your oral health!

Hortense found out about our network of clinics through social networks. More specifically through Facebook, where she too was able to read several testimonies from other patients. From the start she felt the confidence and peace of mind she needed to make the decision that changed her life.

When we talk about testimonies, we are proud of the numbers we have achieved over almost a decade. We have now achieved more than 40,000 successful cases of Dental Implant placement. Hence, it is easy to see why we are not short of happy, smiling patients.

In Hortense´s case there were no concerns of anything going wrong and she didn´t even compare our services to those of other clinics. This is proof of confidence that fills us with gratitude.

“I really set my mind to the fact that I had to move forward and that I had to go to a clinic, that there would be someone there skilled enough to help, which was the case. The professionals there, who solved my case, are really very good. They solved my case and solved it well! ”, says Hortense.

The treatment carried out to restore Hortense´s oral health consisted of removing the few teeth that she still had, which were not in a good condition, in the lower arch. With professional guidance, it was decided she required the ROTA® - Advanced Oral Rehabilitation treatment, to recover lost teeth and have a fixed smile.

Hortense can now eat trouble-free.

Before, when she had the removable prosthesis, “when I ate it moved around, so it was quite difficult for me to eat a healthy meal.”

The transformation that occurs in the patient who decides to have Dental Implants is spectacular!

As Hortense herself tells us in her testimony, she was unhappy with her looks for a long time and she knew that she had a problem, mainly because of the use of the removable prosthesis, which left her with an aged appearance. Her face was not plumped out, which made her look even more wrinkled.

See what Hortense says about her new appearance, which she achieved after having fixed prostheses, without resorting to aesthetic treatments.

“I decided to have a fixed prosthesis because, when I looked at myself in the mirror I felt a little old and quite wrinkly, but I also felt that my face needed to be a little fuller. Which with dentures would never happen. ”

But Dental Implants helped to improve her looks!

Pay attention to the following: the lack of teeth can actually cause a feeling of aging, due to the lack of filling out the mouth and, consequently, the face. Without proper dentition the face tends to “wither”, since it lacks the volume conferred by teeth. These gaps end up being occupied by the skin of the face, which automatically becomes more wrinkled. Oral rehabilitation with dental implants does not aim to rejuvenate or eliminate wrinkles, but it can improve the appearance of the face so that it is fuller thanks to having teeth in the mouth, and improves the entire appearance of the patient, softening the wrinkles and expression lines, especially around the mouth.

Hortense addresses to this point with a broad smile, and says "what people tell me is that I look really very well and they don´t know what’s happened to my wrinkles". "It makes me want to laugh."



How did the various stages of treatment and the placement of dental implants go?


To end this exciting story, it is not enough for Swiss Dental Services to merely affirm that the placement of Dental Implants is safe, comfortable and painless, for patients understand the added value of the treatment.


Therefore, Hortense makes a point of stressing: “don´t be scared, because we have such great support from the clinic, it is such a great human force, that from the moment we enter, we forget all our worries. And there is no pain!”


With the most modern techniques used in the treatment and with the due care that the patient requires during the entire process, Dental Implants are a safe and reliable resource that all patients have at their disposal to recover their smiles, without pain or discomfort.


In Hortense´s case, as she says herself, she had no pain or even bruising or any other symptoms that may occur in the postoperative period, such as swelling.


Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%. Therefore, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss. In addition, it is a guaranteed and durable treatment.

The overriding feeling is generally one of gratitude!


Finally, we want to emphasise that the trust placed in us by each patient also fills us with pride and gratitude.


Each member of the team undertakes their work with utmost professionalism and seriousness. Most importantly, it is noticeable, inside and outside the clinics.


“Sometimes I even feel like crying a tear of gratitude, from the heart”, says Hortense.


We would also like to say thank you to Hortense Saraiva for her fun and inspiring account, which will help transform other lives through oral rehabilitation with dental implants.


For anyone who wants to recover their smile, appearance and quality of life, we suggest you visit one of our clinics closest to you, where you are entitled to a free oral assessment consultation and you can find out everything you need to know to decide whether or not to have dental implants.


You might be our next Dental Implants success case!