Today was a great day for dentistry and for all dentists that do what I do. I received a gift from a patient who had gone through major dental implant reconstruction with me for nine months. (She told me she could have had a baby with me by the end of the treatment, to which I responded: “Uh, not at eighty three you cant, but thanks for the offer!”)
The gift was awesome: a surgical cap with color images of British Sports cars; right up my alley!
This great lady came to me last year really down. She was told that due to past cancer treatments, she could not have her severely decayed teeth removed and replaced with implants without an extensive invasive treatment called: hyperbaric oxygen therapy; a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. (Basically, spending hours in a clear tube the size of three garbage cans placed end to end.)
After doing some research and approaching the case with some modifications in our surgical technique, this lovely lady has a set of upper and lower permanent teeth anchored to an array of implants that will last a life time.
Her note accompanying the gift: “Dear Dr. Josephs, Thanks so much for making my life so much better with your amazing skills. You and your staff are terrific!
I hope you can use these; they seem to be made just for you! I’m so glad you are my dentist!”…MB.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.