Have you ever given thought to that question? Well, as a matter of fact, yes, dentists do need dentists!
Even though those of us in the dental field know all the ways to keep our mouths as healthy as possible, we are not immune to getting decay, having teeth fracture, needing root canals and all other types of dental treatment.
Have you ever heard the saying “The shoe cobbler’s children have no shoes?” Basically, the shoe cobbler is so busy; he doesn’t have time to make his own children’s shoes.
Sometimes that’s the way it gets for the dentist and auxiliary personnel. Each of us at Dr. Paul Caputo’s Palm Harbor dental office are no strangers to the dental chair. So when we tell you we know how you feel or what you’re going through; trust me there is one of us who has gone through the same or similar experience. Actually some of us have gone through treatment recently.
Just like our patients, some of us build up tarter faster than others and need to have a dental cleaning more often. I have been known on the other hand to go almost three years between a dental cleaning. That is not a bad thing! I simply don’t get the build up of calculus and can go longer than most without repercussions.
And just like you; some of us get “white knuckled” and anxious and have to use laughing gas on occasion whereas others could fall asleep while being worked on.
Dr. Caputo has undergone a unique and unexpected dental journey over the last year. Unfortunately, sometimes dentistry fails. I would love to tell you that everything has a 100% success rate or has a “shelf” life and is guaranteed to last for a certain amount of years, months, etc. That’s simply not the case.
There are factors and conditions that allow us to give a statistic or percentage success rate, but again there are always exceptions.
Root canals have been known to fail. Sometimes the tooth gets re-infected. This doesn’t mean
the dentist who did the root canal did anything wrong or that you did anything wrong. It just happens.
There are limited procedures to treat a failing root canal. Dr. Caputo had a root canal fail on an upper front tooth, a lateral, number ten (10). After experiencing soreness and discomfort he had one of our dental assistants take an x-ray and CAT scan. The x-ray/scan revealed an extremely large cyst (infection) at the root of the tooth.
Dr. Caputo’s choice was to have the tooth extracted, with the end result: an implant with a fixed crown. Due to the amount of infection and size of the abscess, after the tooth was extracted, a bone graft of stem-cell osseous (live) bone was placed.
He then had to wear a removable flipper/partial while the area healed. It took almost a year from the time the tooth was extracted to the time the final restoration of a crown was placed.
Occasionally, Dr. Caputo would surprise us; in addition to a few patients when he would take his partial out and smile missing one of his front teeth. But what better way to show a patient who has reservations about a removable partial, implant or extraction what to expect?
So, if you’re someone who hasn’t been to the dentist in a while or are in need of a new dentist, come to our Palm Harbor/Oldsmar dental office, where not only are we experienced in our jobs, we’re experienced patients as well!!
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A