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Randy Beall was in his 35th year as a member of the Colorado Springs, Colorado police force when a left hand injury he suffered while on duty forced him to retire a bit sooner than he anticipated. The timing proved to be just right, however.

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Randy Beall

“You hear people talk about retiring and suddenly becoming bored and not knowing what to do with themselves,” Randy explains. “That wasn’t the case with me. It took me all of about one day to adjust to retirement. I left the job and never thought about work again.”
It’s not hard to see why. Since leaving the police force, Randy, 69, has become a video game enthusiast as well as an avid reader. He’s not opposed to spending a few hours a day just relaxing and watching TV either. And then there are the cruises.
Randy and his wife moved to Florida a few years ago not only to be closer to his wife’s family but to be closer to Port Canaveral, which has long been the launching point for what has easily become their favorite pastime.
“We go on four or five cruises a year,” Randy reveals. “Most of them are to the eastern or western Caribbean, places like Cozumel, Mexico or Labadee, Haiti. We recently took a cruise to Alaska as well.”
Randy loves the relaxed atmosphere aboard the cruise ships. He also likes the onboard activities and the opportunity to visit different countries. And the food, of course, is exceptional, though Randy hasn’t always enjoyed that part as much as he’d like.
Having fought, but mostly lost, a lifelong battle with tooth decay, Randy was recently left with mostly crowns on his lower teeth and only a couple of teeth in the back of his upper jaw. It was a situation that made eating unpleasant, to say the least.
“When you only have one tooth on the upper side, it’s kind of hard to get a good grinding place to chew,” Randy explains. “As a result, I spent a lot of my time biting my tongue, my cheeks and my bottom lip.
“It was a problem I’d looked into getting fixed about three years ago, but last year, after I lost another tooth, I finally said, I can’t do this anymore. That’s when I decided to see what could be done about it.”

Return Engagement

Randy’s search for a solution took him to DeLand Implant Dentistry, the same practice he visited when he first contemplated correcting the problem. This time, he could not say no when Rajiv Patel, BDS, explained his findings.
“Randy was already missing some of his back teeth, and after a thorough examination, we learned that he was going to lose a couple more because of some failed root canal treatments,” Dr. Patel reports. “Those teeth were not restorable.
“We also learned that, because he had lost the other back teeth on his upper arch, he had also suffered a lot of bone loss. A lot of patients don’t realize that when you lose a tooth, you start to lose bone in that area as well.”
Adding to Randy’s issues was the fact that on the left side of his upper jaw, his sinuses had begun to pneumatize, or become larger, since the loss of the teeth in that area. That problem was contributing to Randy’s bone loss as well and needed to be corrected as well.
“I provided Randy with a few treatment options that included replacing the missing teeth with implants or fixed bridges. He chose to have dental implants because he had a history of having that procedure done and had had success with it,” Dr. Patel recounts.
Randy previously had three implants placed in his lower jaw. He was pleased with the outcome, so choosing implants again was an easy choice. Once that choice was made, Dr. Patel began his restoration project by extracting the damaged teeth. He then began the process of grafting the bone on the upper left side of Randy’s jaw.

A Winning Combination

It takes about six months for the jaw bones to build back up to a point where they can support dental implants. By mixing the bone grafting material with
platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin, Dr. Patel can guarantee a successful result.

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Randy proved to be yet another one of Dr. Patel’s many success stories.

“When we combine those materials, the patients heal like they’re twenty years old,” Dr. Patel says enthusiastically. “We’re truly giving the body its best chance to heal after the grafting, and we have had very, very positive results with it.”
Randy proved to be yet another one of Dr. Patel’s many success stories. After the bone in his upper jaw had grown enough to support them, Dr. Patel fit Randy with four implants, two on the upper left side and two on the upper right side of his jaw. Three months later, he fit Randy for crowns.
“It was February when he put the crowns in, and I can’t tell you how great it felt when he did,” Randy emphasizes. “I had teeth again, and I can chew without biting my tongue or my cheeks or lips.
“And the whole process was painless. I didn’t feel any pain the whole way through because Dr. Patel is so good at what he does. He is just outstanding, as is everyone who works there in his office.
“They’re all so very personable, and I told Dr. Patel that. He told me that’s because he treats patients as if the person in that dentist’s chair is actually him. He treats patients the way he would want to be treated, and that’s hard to beat.”

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      Rajiv Patel BDS, MDS, has practiced general dentistry in Deland, Florida for more than 26 years. He strives to deliver the most advanced, personalized, comprehensive and professional dental care to his patients while building relationships b... Read More

    • Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS

      Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS, has practiced general dentistry in DeLand for more than 25 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, and Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. With hundreds of h... Read More

    • Darshan Patel, DMD

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