Rock On

Virtuoso performance makes rock legend a patient for life.

With heavyweights such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Monkees blocking the way, landing a song in the top 10 of the pop music charts back in the 60s and 70s was no easy task. Still, Paul Revere & the Raiders managed to do it time and again.

Photo courtesy of Appearance Implant & Family Dentistry of Jupiter.

Mark poses with Appearance Implant & Family Dentistry of Jupiter staffers Tami Hatfield (left) and Shannon Lamontagne.

With Mark Lindsay singing lead for them, the band that dressed in mock Revolutionary War uniforms placed five songs in the top 10 between 1966 and 1971, when its biggest hit, Indian Reservation, went all the way to Number 1.

“It was pretty insane back then,” says Lindsay, a 77-year-old Eugene, Oregon native who moved to Florida about ten years ago and still belts out hits such as Kicks, Arizona and Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? even today.

“I do about sixty to eighty dates a year on tour with a group called Happy Together,” Lindsay says. “We’re out there this year with The Turtles, Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, and The Cowsills. It’s a lot of fun for everybody.”

Mark’s fun, and perhaps even that of his audience, was compromised a bit several years back when some routine dental work he had done made it difficult for him to sing some of the songs his fans were coming to hear.

“I had some new crowns put in, and it must have been the placement of them or how some of them were fit, but I was struggling to pronounce some words, which for a guy like me is a real problem,” Mark explains.

“Our mouths are like a resonant chamber that forms the sound we want to project, and if your teeth are in the wrong place or they’re too thick, too thin or just not the right size, it changes everything. So being a vocalist, I said to myself, I need to get this fixed.”

Mark sought that fix from the same practice where he had the work done initially, which is Appearance Implant & Family Dentistry of Jupiter, where Dr. Wade took over Mark’s case on the day the rock legend returned with his complaint.

A Temporary Issue

“The problem was that Mark had just been fit with temporary crowns by one of my associates here, and he told me he was having a problem not just pronouncing certain words but singing his songs,” Dr. Wade remembers.

“Now, I didn’t know who he was by looking at him, so I asked him who he sang with. He said, Brian Wilson. I said, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys? And he said, Yes. So I said, Well, who are you? That’s when he told me he’s Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

“I said, I’m one of your biggest fans, and it was funny that just as I was taking an x-ray of him, Indian Reservation came on the radio. He said, Hey, that’s my biggest hit, and I said, What are the odds of that happening now? and said, I think the gods want you here.

Mark clearly agreed, because Dr. Wade has been his dentist ever since. Theirs is a partnership that has been growing for the past decade, a period during which Mark has visited Dr. Wade for more than just a fix on those ill-fitting temporaries.

“After doing that initial revision about ten years ago, I did another one just recently where we put new crowns on everything but Mark’s last couple molars on both his upper and lower arch, ”Dr. Wade reports. “We’ve also done some implant work with him.”

Dental implants are root-shaped titanium bodies that are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they eventually fuse with the bone and become the foundation for an abutment and replacement teeth.

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The replacement teeth can be a single crown that is either cemented to or screwed onto the abutment, a partial bridge that can be fixed to one or more implants or a full denture that can be fixed permanently to a series of implants.

Prior to placing an implant, some patients require a bone grafting procedure designed to enhance the volume of the jawbone so that it can properly support the implant. The amount of time needed for bone development is about three months.

Mark eventually needed two implants, one for the second bicuspid on his lower left arch and one for the tooth immediately behind it, the first molar. Mark says the process is a lot easier than some might think.

“I recommend them to anybody because they’re great people, and they treat . . .  everybody that comes into their office like a rock star.”  – Mark

“There are a couple of stages, starting with the dentist taking the impressions and sending them out to the lab,” he says. “Then you come back and they put the implant in, and it’s just like having a real tooth. You really can’t tell the difference.

“When you get the crown, the dentist tells you to make sure to let him know if any adjustments need to be made, and there were a couple of minor things they had to do with mine, but they were very small, and everything’s cool now.”

Dr. Wade says that in addition to new crowns and a couple of implants, he also did some work with Mark to correct an issue with his bite caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. He now sees Mark for regular check-ups and maintenance.

Paul Revere & the Raiders album cover courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.

Mark (second from the left) was the lead singer for the 60s pop band Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Rock Renaissance

“Everything Dr. Wade has done for me has worked out great,” enthuses Mark, who experienced an artistic renaissance when four Paul Revere & the Raiders songs were featured in the 2019 Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

“That’s totally cool,” Mark says of the songs’ appearance in the film. “And I can tell you this: As much fun as our fans have had listening to those songs, we had just as much fun – if not more – making them.

“And I’m still having fun singing them, of course, and Dr. Wade and his crew have absolutely helped me with that. Dr. Wade is a great guy and a great dentist, and they do amazing work at his practice.

“I recommend them to anybody because they’re great people, and they treat all their patients with the same care and dedication that they treat me. Not everybody is a rock star, but they treat everybody that comes into their office like a rock star.”

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