Tag-Team Approach

Combined effort results in successful dental restoration.

Prior to becoming the public playground that it is today, the internet was a closed communications exchange where university researchers and government agencies shared information through a bank of government-supported super computers.

 Jade’s photo courtesy of Jade Venuto.

Jade Venuto

As an information technology specialist working for Broward County in the 1980s, Jade Venuto was one of the few allowed to swim in that network. He later became one of the first people to grab a board and actually surf the internet.

“I started working as an analyst for a very large organization just as the internet was taking over in the early Nineties, and we were one of the first to use it,” Jade says. “I eventually worked my way up to a director’s position and was head of cybersecurity.”

Now 61, Jade recently retired from the corporate world and ventured into business for himself. It wasn’t long after he made that most recent career move that Jade realized he needed to make a move on what he suspected was a deteriorating dental issue.

“I had a toothache,” Jade discloses. “The bigger issue, though, was that I didn’t have a dentist at the time. I used to have a dentist, but I’ve never really liked dentists, and I got turned off by the guy during a visit about ten years ago and never went back.

“I’d sort of neglected my teeth since then, so when this toothache came on, I asked my son who he went to, because he recently had a problem as well. He told me all about this dentist he went to and how pleased he was with him, so I went to see him.”

Bite the Bullet

The dentist Jade’s son praised so highly is Naved Fatmi, DMD, of Regency Court Dentistry in Boca Raton. Upon first examining Jade late last October, Dr. Fatmi found a number of issues beyond the toothache that needed to be addressed.

“When Jade first came to us, it was rather apparent that he had neglected his teeth for a while,” Dr. Fatmi reports. “So, as part of our initial examination, we took a full set of x-rays to get a better idea of his overall oral health.

“Those x-rays showed us that he had several teeth, most of them molars, that had either broken down or were failing. Those failing teeth were also creating a bite problem for him that was prohibiting him from chewing his food properly.

“So, this was not an aesthetic case, but a functional case. The purpose of the treatment plan we presented to him was to get him functioning on his molars again so that he could chew his food properly and enjoy the luxury and taste of breaking down his food.”

Dr. Fatmi’s report did not come as any great surprise to Jade. He assumed his avoidance of dentists had allowed for the development of some serious issues. Despite his fear, he decided to “bite the bullet” and agreed to have Dr. Fatmi perform the necessary repairs.

That repair work began last November with the extraction of an upper right first molar, a lower right first molar and lower left second molar. The extractions were performed by Dr. Fatmi’s associate, Aurelie Huyghues-Despointes, DMD.

“Everyone there is top shelf and so is the work they do.” – Jade

In addition to performing the extractions, Dr. Huyghes-Despointes restored and crowned an upper right second molar, a lower right second molar and a lower left first molar. She also prepped Jade for dental implants that would replace the three teeth she extracted.

Dental implants are screw-like posts that are placed in the jaw, where they fuse over time with the jaw bone. Once the fusion process is complete, the implant supports an abutment upon which a crown is placed to complete the replacement tooth.

As part of the preparation for fitting dental implants, patients often undergo a grafting procedure where a mixture of residual bone and a bone substitute is placed into the jawbone to enhance its strength and volume and help it support the implant.

Dr. Huyghues-Despointes performed this aspect of Jade’s restoration as well before turning Jade over to Regency Court’s periodontal team for a deep cleaning of Jade’s gums, which Dr. Fatmi deemed critical to the success of Jade’s case.

“Before you can place the implants, the area where the bone grafting procedure was done needs to heal,” Dr. Fatmi explains. “That takes about three or four months. During that time, we restored Jade’s other teeth and performed the deep cleaning on him.

“And the fact that we have Dr. Huyghues-Despointes here to do restorative work as well as bone grafting procedures is very helpful because having two dentists gives us the flexibility we need to see patients during later hours and to tag team on procedures.”

Dr. Fatmi teamed up with Dr. Huyghes-Despointes on Jade’s implant procedure in the spring of 2019 when he fit Jade with three implants. A few months later, Jade’s implants were topped with the abutments, and crowns were placed on the abutments.

“Jade’s restoration was an extensive one, but we were able to get all the work done in about eight to ten months,” Dr. Fatmi reports. “He is now chewing normally again, breaking down meat and vegetables with the proper force and without any pain.”

As Good As It Gets

Jade says he can only blame himself for the fact he spent the better part of the last year getting his teeth repaired. He adds, though, that he doubts he could have found a better dental practice to provide the solutions he needed and the high level of care he received.

“My son was very happy with Regency Court Dentistry and so was I,” Jade raves. “I’m so happy with them that I’ve already told my wife that she needs to go there, too, because she’s neglected her teeth almost as much as I have the past few years.

“I have another son whom I’d recommend to go there, too, but he’s moving out of the state soon. If he weren’t, I would definitely tell him to go to Regency Court Dentistry because the dentists and everyone else there are all fabulous.

“One of the things that really stands out to me is that every time I go there and have something done, both Dr. D. and Dr. Fatmi always ask, Are you in pain? Do you need me to take it easy? Do you need to take a break?

“What’s interesting about it, though, is that I have never been in pain there. But I really appreciate that they ask, because that shows how much they care about your well-being while you’re in the chair. But it’s like that with everybody there.

“All the assistants and hygienists, they all really know what they’re doing, and they’re always on time. They don’t make you sit around and wait for your appointment, which is something else I appreciate.

“Again, I’m a guy who used to dread going to the dentist. I didn’t go for about ten years because I dreaded going to the dentist. So for the first time in my sixty-one years, I no longer dread going to the dentist, and I have Dr. D. and Dr. Fatmi to thank for that.

“They are both terrific dentists, and it’s a fabulous office. Everyone there is top shelf and so is the work they do. I recommend them to anyone in need of a dentist because you couldn’t ask for better service or better care.”

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    • Regency Court Dentistry

      Regency Court Dentistry understands the importance of maintaining the health of your smile. This is why they offer a number of comprehensive general health and restorative dentistry services. From regularly scheduled teeth cleanings and den... Read More

    • Naved Fatmi, DMD

      Naved Fatmi, DMD, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Dr. Fatmi is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College. He is a member of the American Dental Society, t... Read More

    • Aurelie Huyghues-Despointes, DMD

      Aurelie Huyghues-Despointes, DMD, is a native of the Caribbean island of Martinique who received her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and her master’s degree from Barry University in Miami. She earned her dental degree fr... Read More