Having Graduated from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, I am very accustomed and comfortable sitting in the doctors stool and offering advise to patients. I deliver my findings in honest calming tones offering options and alternatives to both good and bad situations. Ultimately the patient and I reach some conclusion. Twice this month I had to take off the doctor hat and wear the patient/parent of child hat. It is so different.
Practicing dentistry, with a focus on dental implants has given me enormous knowledge and insight into bone physiology as well as other more standard types of dental procedures. This knowledge has not saved me from having a root canal on a front tooth fail. The dental knowledge lets me know my choices. Apicoectomy for tooth #10 or extraction, bone graft and dental implant. The quick and most common solution would be the apico – but I feel this has a poor long term prognosis.
On Friday, April 19, 2013 I presented to my dentist’s office and while under oral conscious sedation, I had tooth #10 removed, bone grafting with a Peri-cardium membrane and interim replacement with a removable tooth. Pain and swelling has been minimal.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A