I believe my career in dentistry started long before I started my Palm Harbor Dental Practice in 1988, even before I graduated from Columbia SDOS (School of Dental and Oral Surgery) in 1985. My career, being a dentist, began in 1975 in Lawrence NY, in Dr. Wein’s (orthodontist) office. I distinctly remember that day, it was one of the most significant days of my life. From that day on, I rarely waive rd.
From that day forward, I had a direction, but I did not know how the journey would unfold. Leaving Lawrence High School after 11th grade, I graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Chemistry in 1981. Then it was on to four years of Dental School in New York City in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, very close to the George Washington Bridge. The year I graduated, one of my sisters, my brother and parents moved to Tarpon Springs Florida. One of two sisters and I lived in my parents house in Atlantic Beach, NY, while I did my General Dentist Residency at Nassau County Medical Center from 1985 -1986, it was there that dental implants got my attention. I worked for a short time on Long Island, then for almost two years in New York City while I was an Associate Professor of Operative Dentistry at my alma mata, Columbia SDOS. While visiting my parents in Florida, I decided to first take the Florida Dental Boards and then moved there in early 1988 establishing my first Palm Harbor Dentist office.
The type of dentistry I practiced then (1988) was so advanced compared to dental care that was delivered to me while growing up from Dr Goldstein in Long Beach, NY. In late 1988 I was fortunate to meet O’Hilt Tatum Jr DDS, one of the pioneers of dental implants and inventor of the lateral approach to subantral augmentation, commonly known as the “sinus lift.” Dr Tatum is a very kind and giving man. He has trained many dentists, through apprenticeship, dental implantology, myself included. Due to his guidance and my interest in dental implants, my dental practice is very slanted towards dental implant restorative dentistry.
In 1988, my one office computer used the DOS operating system (no internet), xrays were films and crowns were either porcelain fused to metal or all metal. Now in 2013 with more than 20 computers on two networks (two servers), digital xrays, in office 3D CT scans, Windows, google, websites and almost a dozen choices of crown materials, I cannot imagine what dentistry will be like in 20 more years.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A