I send my whole family to Clementon Family Dentistry. It's a warm place to bring your family. The staff is the nicest I have ever dealt with. I love the fact that you never have to wait for your appointment. I think in the 9 years I have brought my family to the office, not once have I waited more than 5 minutes past my appointment time. The doctors are always careful with the kids and my husband doesn't even complain about going anymore. I can honestly say this is the best place to go if you are looking for a pleasant dental experience. -Maureen C.
If any layperson can consider themselves an authority on the subject of dental implants, it's got to be me. My knowledge comes from the closest possible source: first-hand experience. Implants runs in my family. My dad tried some of the early ones, back in the eighties. Unfortunately, they offered him little relief for securing his loose dentures. Dentistry has come a long way since then. I currently boast eight dental implants. They provide the strength necessary to replace all of my teeth. For what they cost me, I should charge them rent. Don't get me wrong. I am very happy with them. They live, chomp and feel as if they were my own true teeth in every way. Unfortunately, I paid for them! At the time I sought treatment, dental implants were expensive. Today, it is much more affordable. Technology and ease of treatment have cut down on much of the expense. The work I had done in 2001 cost me substantially more than it would cost me today. What are dental implants anyway? Implants are actually no more than small titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor for a false tooth or in my case, a set of false teeth. Many times, implants are stronger than your natural teeth, having 100 percent better chewing efficiency. My hereditary gum disease managed to cause problems in my ailing teeth, a phenomenon known as the “domino effect”. This prevented me from adequately chewing my food. I chose to secure my teeth via a fixed dental bridges supported by four dental implants per jaw. The result was an immovable set of teeth that gives me the confidence to chew literally anything. Dentures and removable bridges can be loose and unstable. Implants are both functional and aesthetic and anyone in reasonable health is a candidate for dental implants. I won't say implants are painful because everyone's threshold varies. I didn't experience true pain, but I did have some discomfort. Dr. Soffer provided me with the adequate medications both during and following the procedure. I chose him because he was someone I felt comfortable with and it was very convenient to get all of the work done in one office. If you are wondering if implants ever fail, research indicates that very few of them do. The success rate depends very much upon where the implants are placed and what they will be called upon to do. They work best in the front portions of your jaw where success is close to 100 percent. In other areas of the mouth, success rates range between 85-95 percent. My eight implants remain healthy and strong, and all I have to do is keep them clean and check in at the dentist every six months. It seems a small price to pay for not having to put my teeth in a glass at night. Whether we eat our meat rare or well done are matters of personal preference. Speaking for myself, I like to chew my food before it makes it’s way down. That's the important thing. If you don't think so, consider the alternative! -Mary K.
I have to tell you about the tooth I had created in 1 hour by Dr. Soffer. I broke a side tooth last week at the gumline. It didn't hurt because I had a root canal several years back but it looked horrible. I called Dr. Soffer's office that night. The office was closed so I followed the instructions on the answering machine and dialed the emergency number. To my amazement Dr. Soffer answered the phone. He told me to come in 7:00 am the next morning. When I got there in the morning, he took me immediately and numbed the area up for treatment. I never felt the needle!!! Then he did some creative work to build up the tooth for strength and took a 3D picture of the tooth. It was incredible! I sat there as Dr. Soffer created a tooth for me on the computer. I watched the whole thing as he explained to me the computer uses the data it gets from the surrounding teeth to create a tooth that looks and feels as close to your original tooth as anything out there. I left the office at 8:15 with a new tooth. It was awesome! -William M.