One may ask themself, why should I travel for over an hour and a half to find a dentist just to hear those once frightful six words “The doctor will see you now”. What started off as some may call an accident, I however, prefer to now call it Devine Intervention.
First let me tell you something about myself and perhaps you will understand better why I believe Dr. Caputo and his team will make the trip well worth your time regardless of the distance you travel.
I am a seventy two year old male that has seen and done more than many characters in a James Patterson novel. During this time period and for most of my life, I did not practice the best dental hygiene. I only went to the dentist when it was absolutely necessary. These infrequent visits always resulted with either an extraction, filling or both. I brushed infrequently and did not know the meaning of flossing. I never saw a dental hygienist which by the way the profession did not exist most of that time period. Most of these visits were very painful. I swear by all things holy that Novocain did and does not work for me.
Then one day it happened. I had waited so long to see a dentist that a large abcess had developed deep within my jaw. The tooth was extracted but the infection spread thoughout my body. I was hospitalized for several days and infused with massive amounts of penicillin. Fortunately I recovered only to have this horrific experience cemented deep into my both concious and subconcious brain. It was also about this time that I noticed my hair begin to thin out or at least that is my story and I am sticking to it.
Fast forward many years and I now find myself with more fingers than teeth, Most or my remaining are in pretty bad shape. Add to my problem a very large cyst had developed on the roof of my mouth and three of the ramaining teeth had broken off at the gum line. This single event I atributed to a few rounds of chemo I received while fighting the “Big C”, which by the way I have won to date.
Since my dental situation was only causing minimum pain and if were not for the unknown lump on the roof of my mouth and my appearance, I would have continuted my adversion to dentists.
On my first visit to Dr. Caputo I met Teresa and Wendy. Teresa is the receptionest and patient administrator. Wendy is a dental assistant and also helps out in the front office.
Next I saw Dr. Caputo for our first face to face meeting. After answering many questions regarding my health in general we got down to the reason for what I had hoped to expect from his service. I believe it was during this period of time that I new that if I had to see a dentist and I did, this was the man.
After our conversation I opted for the initial exam which consisted of x-rays, photographs and visual inspection of my mouth. A second appointment was then scheduled for I believe one week later.
During my second visit I was given a binder that contained photographs and treatment plans that covered all the possibilities available to me. I might also add that at not time did I experience a hard sell or felt rushed in any way. I returned home, binder in hand to discuss the various proposals with my wife.
Accompyning me on my third visit my wife and I asked more questions of Dr. Caputo and a decision was made. Realizing the distance I had traveled, Dr. Caputo suggested that if I had the time we could begin what I call the pre treatment stage of my new smile. Molds were made, measurements taken and more detailed x-rays were taken. Cindy, the hygienist also participated in the exam.
I will not go into detail as to all the work I had done by Dr. Caputo and his assistants Sue and Marti but I will tell you this.
All the invasive procedures were done in one visit that lasted six hours while I was sedated When I awoke I was amazed to see my new smile even though these new teeth were temps, I would have been completely satisfied if this was the best I could expect. Another surprise was I did not take as much as an asprin for pain.
Follow up call were made to me that evening and the next day by Dr. Caputo and his staff were received and appreciated.
Calling Dr. Caputo only a comprehensive dentist would be akin to calling Rembrant a painter or Mother Teresa a care giver.
Take my advise and find out for yourself why Dr. Caputo and his staff will be the best and last dentist you will ever need.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A