“So often, we put off doing things that we know are necessary because of fear. Fear of the unknown or maybe fear of being presented with bad news. This is the case with respect to my dental care. “
~ Nune Fernandez
I never had a fear of visiting my dentist as a child. It was always a position experience. However, after having a several negative experiences while seeking dental care as an adult, I put off dental maintenance for so long that my dental health reached crisis proportion. It was at this point that I was introduced to Dr. Randy Mitchmore.
I arrived at Dr. Mitchmore’s office in November 2011 a very scared person. I KNEW that I had serious problems. I just knew that the news would not be good. I suppose that’s why I procrastinated in seeking help for so long. I guess i was in major denial. But this was not going to repair itself on it’s own. I need help… immediately.
I was greeted by Dr. Mitchmore’s staff who had been made aware of my apprehension. They calmed my fears and assured me that I would be alright. Everyone in the office was kind and non-judgemental which has not always been my experience when seeking health care.
After a thorough examination using some impressive technology, Dr. Mitchmore explained the magnitude of my dental problems, and it was not good. I had serious oral infection which had lead to severe bone loss. This, in turn, lead to teeth that were loose and that I would eventually lose.
I met with Dr. Mitchmore approximately a week after that initial examination to explore the options I had to remedy my situation. He explained the choices that I had and the pros and cons of each of these choices. After careful consideration, I decided that dental implants would be most appropriate for my needs.
My inital surgery involved removing the majority of my teeth and grafting the damaged and infected bone. This was done under full sedation. (I can’t imagine having this much work done without full sedation.) I experienced no discomfort during or after this procedure.
After a series a follow-up visits to assess the success of the bone grafts, it was now time to remove the remaining teeth and place the implants. Again, this surgical procedure was performed under full sedation. I was fitted with temporary full dentures while the implants healed. It is important for me to note that all these procedures were performed by Dr. Mitchmore and his staff with the utmost of kindness and concern not only for my dental health, but also for my emotional wellbeing. You can’t experience something like this without being affected emotionally.
Again, after a series of followup visits, Dr.Mitchmore assessed the success of the implant procedure. All was good and the healing process was underway.
After several months, it was time to design my new teeth. Attention was paid to size, shape and color so my smile would appear natural. Could it be that we were finally nearing the end of this project? After a series of “try-ins” during which Dr. Mitchmore painstakingly assessed the fit of my permanent teeth, I was fitted with the final implant crowns. I could not be happier with the finished product.
Today, I’m no longer self conscious of smiling for photos. In fact, I’m smiling even bigger than ever. During this process, Dr. Mitchmore recognized additional health challenges I was facing. At his urgence, I sought additonal medical treatment and I’m pleased to say that I’m well on my way to being the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. The emotional sense of well-being that has accompanied my treatment cannot be understated. For this I will forever be grateful to Dr. Mitchmore. He’s not just my dentist. He’s my friend.”