I was talking with a friend of mine who is a dentist in South Tampa the other day. We were sitting at a table at an outdoor cafe in Palm Harbor talking shop, as we dentists often do. We are both in our 50’s, have been practicing dentistry for a combined total of approaching 50 years. We both have successful dental practices and we both enjoy being dentist but our dental practices have evolved differently. He has taken a more traditional route in tooth replacement – tooth supported fixed crown & bridge, I have fully embraced the field of dental implants. Both types of dentistry are proper, good and acceptable ways to replace missing teeth.
Prior to extracting these two front teeth, this woman suffered from recurrent pain, swelling and infection. She was referred to my Palm Harbor dental office for possible dental implant restoration. Other possible treatment options after tooth extraction were removable teeth – a #8 & #9 flipper, or traditional fixed crown & bridge.
An immediate flipper was fabricated and delivered upon teeth extraction and bone grafting.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A