Q: Dear Doctor Josephs: I am an avid reader of your column and am a retired surgeon myself. As you may already know, doctors can sometimes be the worst patients. I require major dental implant treatment, crowns, bridges and extractions and am wondering how much pain this endures. Am I just being an octogenarian baby? Dr. Lou in Palm Beach Gardens
A: Don’t sell yourself short, Doc; my physician patients are great, it’s my retired dentist patients that can be a handful! A recent study in Consumer Reports surveyed readers who had dental procedures in the previous five years. Here’s the skinny: The percentage of patients who reported zero to mild pain or discomfort, was 90% for root canals, 91% for extractions, 91% for implants and 93% for crowns, inlays or veneers. At my next seminar, I will be presenting the hi-tech methods and equipment that our profession has to make dental treatment comfortable.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a FREE LECTURE on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers and Choosing a Dental Office, at the The Palm Beach Towers, 44 Cocoanut Row in Palm Beach, on Wednesday April 4th at 4:00 pm. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. Seating is limited. Call 561-832-2917 to register.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM1230 (www.radiotoothtalk.com) Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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