Smile Makeover: Restorative Dentistry Isn't Always Complicated
Restorative dentistry, from a patient’s viewpoint, sometimes seem very complex, expensive and time consuming! For Dr. Cummings and his team, restorative dentistry simply means “restoring teeth to their best possible quality and function, while giving a patient a smile they can be proud of!” How do we do that? We start with our initial free consultation, listening to what is bothering the patient, and what they want from their teeth and smile. Here is Dr. Cummings rendition of a patient named Sandi that he helped this month, and how listening and providing the simplest solution possible is sometimes the “perfect fit”.
A wonderful 60-year-old woman came into the office about 5 weeks ago with chronic infections in the top two front teeth and mouth pain. She had been to several dentists in the Boston area and everyone had proposed to her complicated treatment plans that took up to 1 year to complete. After examining the patient and listening to her describe her problems, I proposed one of our simple 4 unit Waltham dental bridges, which would require extracting the two infected teeth. She accepted the proposed treatment plan and a week later, we extracted the teeth and provided her temporaries. About one month later, we placed the final bridge which looks very natural and makes it almost impossible to tell that any teeth are missing.
The gratitude this patient expressed for my work was worth everything to me. Sandi is so much more confident and more comfortable that this type of work creates a personal reward for me that cannot be measured. Our office was thrilled when Sandi wrote this amazing review about us online!
"Dr. Cummings and his staff are Absolutely Amazing!!! I have been living with a smile that was totally falling apart literally more than 8 to 10 years. Over that period of time i have seen at least 10 different dentist, none of whom restored or gave me a viable alternative. Some gave me a patch jobs and some offered alternatives even I knew they couldn't pull off.
Some offered things that would cost $100000.00 with no guarantees. So I simply had to live with my smile continuing to deteriorate along with my self-confidence. Luckily for me I didn't give up and I kept searching and I found Dr. Cummings and I COULD NOTPOSSIBLE BE HAPPIER!!! He and his staff are amazing, kind, professional, knowledgeable and are like family and they treat you like family as well. From the moment of our first meeting Dr. Cummings knew what he was going to do and made me feel 100% confident that he could do. I knew it would look amazing and it does and I didn't have to take out a mortgage for it either. If you have any hesitation at all I hope that my story helps to make you feel more confident that you are making the right choice by allowing Dr. Cummings help you. I know for a fact that he certainly has incredible skills, something that for 10 years and many consultations with many other doctors I was not able to find until I met with Dr. Cummings. I wish you well with your search and if you want to see my before and after pictures I give Dr. Cummings my permission to show you, and if you knew me you would know this is a big deal (I hate having my picture taken lol)."
Smile makeovers and/or full mouth reconstructions offer this type of gratitude because they allow a patient to go through life with more confidence. Confidence is life changing whether one is a professional athlete, artist, or student! Sandi was so happy with the results and we were happy to be a part of this amazing transformation.
I believe that patient comfort is really related to confidence and this type of improvement, far from terribly expensive, is comforting. We strive to make every patient more comfortable, whether it be with their appearance or the sensitivity or pain they feel with their teeth or jaws. We feel fortunate to see on a daily basis how powerful good dentistry can be!
As we look to 2018 for goals and individual visions of the year – what are your goals and how can having more confidence from a ‘smile makeover’ help you achieve them? Waltham dental bridges may be the answer to your problems as well!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Sincerely, Dr. Cummings, Sally, Jess & Stephanie