Teeth for Life

Neglect and fear overcome for smile of a lifetime.

Retired certified nurse’s assistant Karen Francis is by no means lazy. She’s active in The Spring Hill Garden Club and the Hernando County Computer Club. Still, she freely admits to having neglected her teeth for a long time. And by 2005, she’d reached a point where she needed substantial dental care to put a smile back on her face.

Dr. Satnam Bedi of Anchor Dental Care in Spring Hill treated Karen Francis with various dental procedures, including gum treatments and orthodontics.

“I never would’ve thought I’d say I don’t mind going to the dentist, but now it’s not a chore. Dr. Bedi makes it easy.” -Karen

“I had not taken very good care of my teeth for quite a few years, and they were quite embarrassing,” shares the Wisconsin native who moved to Florida in 1973. “I had a front tooth missing on top and everything else was pretty crooked. I wouldn’t show my smile to anyone. I actually hid my mouth behind my hand.

“In the past, anytime I needed dental work, I went to one of those walk-in clinics, where they do whatever needs to be done, like pull a tooth, and you don’t go back. But this time, I had serious problems, and I needed something more.”

Knowing she required multiple, complicated dental procedures to get her smile into shape, Karen began looking for qualified dentists in the Spring Hill area. She eventually narrowed her list to three providers and met with each one individually to evaluate their capabilities.

“The first dentist I interviewed could take care of everything I needed but the orthodontics,” Karen recalls. “The second dentist didn’t even notice on my x-ray that I had an infection in my jawbone, and I had to wait nearly an hour after my appointment time just to get in to see him.”

The third dentist Karen interviewed was Satnam S. Bedi, DMD, of Anchor Dental Care. The first thing Karen noted about Dr. Bedi was that he could provide all of the services necessary to rehabilitate her smile. She was also impressed by his excellent communication skills. He clearly explained everything about what her case entailed.

“Dr. Bedi was very informative,” Karen relates. “He sat me down and held a really good conversation with me. He explained everything I would be going through, and that was important. I wasn’t left in the dark. He didn’t just say, I’m going to do this, this and that. He explained exactly what would be going on.”

Specialized Services

Dr. Bedi specializes in complex smile reconstruction cases such as Karen’s. To achieve his objectives, he offers a full line of dental services, from routine dental care to cosmetic dentistry and more.

“Other services we provide include crowns and bridges, oral and periodontal surgery, root canal therapy, TruDenta® headache and migraine treatment, and orthodontic services, including Invisalign® clear aligners,” Dr. Bedi discloses. “And with our on-site laboratory, we’re also able to perform denture repairs and relines.”

As he did with Karen, Dr. Bedi performs comprehensive evaluations and extensive treatment planning to help his patients achieve their best smiles. Every patient goes through the same process. The dentist wants to help them keep their own teeth for as long as possible.

“There’s nothing like having natural teeth,” he says. “For one thing, they’re essential for functioning, and enjoying food. Nothing has the chewing strength of natural teeth. They also maintain the appearance of the face. When people lose their teeth, they also lose the underlying bone that supports their lips and muscles, and their faces begin to collapse. When this occurs, they start to look old very quickly.”

Another reason it’s important for patients to keep their natural teeth healthy is for their general health, especially in the case of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs when a bacterial infection weakens the gums, which can lead to loosening of the teeth and, eventually, tooth loss.

“The low-grade infection of periodontal disease has been linked to heart problems and other conditions,” Dr. Bedi warns. “The bacteria causing the infection can get into the bloodstream and travel to the heart and other parts of the body, causing disorders.”

To battle periodontal disease, Dr. Bedi uses a treatment technique called Perio Protect. This treatment involves a medication tray that’s placed over the gums. Dr. Bedi used this technique with Karen, whose treatment plan included oral surgery to eliminate the infection.

“I put a peroxide gel on the medical tray and put the tray in my mouth over my teeth,” Karen explains. “I use the tray twice a day along with an antibiotic. The medical tray is actually preventing tooth loss from gum disease and helping me to maintain a much healthier mouth than I ever thought I’d have.”

Unveiled Smile

It took Dr. Bedi nearly two years to complete Karen’s treatment, which included a straightening program to correct her crooked teeth.

Dr. Satnam Bedi of Anchor Dental Care in Spring Hill treated Karen Francis with various dental procedures, including gum treatments and orthodontics.

“My teeth look lovely.
They really look nice,
so I’m very happy
with what I have now.” -Karen

“When Karen first came in, she had had a consultation with another dentist, who wanted to cap all of her teeth, but because I’m also an orthodontist, I recommended straightening her natural teeth instead,” Dr. Bedi reports.

“And we did that without having to cut down her teeth to make room for caps. That’s important because, as I noted, we always work to maintain our patients’ natural teeth as much as possible. Our goal is for our patients to keep their real teeth for life.”

Despite the lengthy reconstruction process, Karen says she was never deterred because she trusted Dr. Bedi would give her the results she hoped for. When all the necessary dental procedures were finished, Karen was more than happy to unveil her new smile to the world.

“My teeth look lovely,” Karen raves. “They really look nice, so I’m very happy with what I have now. My smile is very good now, so I don’t hide it anymore. There’s no need. My new teeth definitely make me feel better.

“It was very hard to be with people and talk with them when I had poor teeth, but having healthy teeth gives me more confidence. It makes me want to go out into the world and do things I would have otherwise avoided.”

Karen’s long avoidance of dentists was due in part to her fear of dentists and the anxiety she felt whenever she visited one. She curtailed her visits to minimize her discomfort, but her experience with
Dr. Bedi has changed all that.

“I think a lot of people are like me and have a little fear of dentists,” Karen observes. “But Dr. Bedi is so helpful and so encouraging with everything he does. He makes sure I know what’s going on, and he makes me feel like I’m part of the team working to take care of me.

“The information Dr. Bedi gives me and the friendliness of his staff make me very comfortable. When I go to Anchor Dental Care, I know I’m going to be helped, and my fear goes away.

“I never would’ve thought I’d say I don’t mind going to the dentist, but now it’s not a chore.
Dr. Bedi makes it easy. I’m definitely going to stay with Dr. Bedi and Anchor Dental Care as long as they’re around.”

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