Jeff S. on Birdeye
2 years ago
09/02/2020, 03:35 AM
I had a couple of teeth on both sides that had root canals and had been crowned almost 20-years ago, that were failing and all four needed to be pulled. The choice was a bridge on both sides, which I wasn’t crazy about on my rear molars, or to venture into world of implants. My dentist didn’t offer them and recommended me to a specialist, Dr Mandel.
Upon my first visit, Dr Mandel took x-rays, did an examination, and offered a game plan to attack it one side at a time. The one-side needed bone grafts, and he suggested tackling that first, and then onto the other side. However, this doubled the time frame before new crowns could be installed to six-months on that side. We discussed the process, and he thoroughly walked me through the entire procedure, answering my questions, and offering a consultative approach to making sure I was comfortable and had realistic expectations. While I was very nervous about what was involved and how long it would take, the decision was made to have it done right and to move forward with the procedure.
Well, almost one year later and now having the new crowns installed, and I can say without a doubt it was a great decision. They look great, feel great, and certainly beat a bridge or dentures. While it was indeed a process, Dr Mandel was a total pro throughout the entire ordeal. He was extremely meticulous in every aspect of the journey, from the first examination, to being unbelievably good at everything around implants.
In fact, it went so well, I decided to finally have a cosmetic dental makeover on my entire upper teeth. I ask Dr Mandel for a recommendation, and he sent me to another very professional and talented dentist. When all the 20-year crowns were removed on my top teeth, it became necessary to have two more teeth extracted, and once again it was determined by my dentist that two of my top teeth were gone and it was either a bridge or a couple more implants, so back to Dr Mandel.
The difference is this time I had total confidence in Dr Mandel, and as before it went incredibly smooth. In a matter of a couple of hours, he performed two very difficult extractions, and like a mad scientist, placed the two implants. In the meantime, I have a temp on my entire upper teeth and will wait out the next 3-4 months before having the crowns installed so it’s all done at the same time and I can get the best match.
For anyone who may be scared or nervous about considering having implants vs dentures, bridges, or simply missing a tooth, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. The key is to see a real pro like Dr Mandel. This dentist is incredible, and his mannerisms and skill make it clear he is truly a maestro at what he does.
He instilled confidence every step of the way, performed extremely difficult procedures, and the outcome has become wonderful. In addition to these very important aspects, he was also one heck of a nice guy that literally couldn’t have made it more pleasant through it all. I’m very appreciative that I found him to go through this process, and that it actually gave me the motivation and desire to tackle a full dental makeover. I can honestly say I don’t think I would have jumped all in without Dr Mandel’s encouragement, guidance, and reassurances along the way.
If you find you need to have implants, be sure to check out the maestro, Dr Mandel.