The Full “Monty”

Dentist delivers smile makeover using modern technology.

Monty wearing glasses in his vintage car

Glenn “Monty” Montgomery

Since the first few were built in the 1840s, New York City brownstones have only increased in popularity and value. Originally constructed as a cheap form of housing, brownstones have since become a symbol of wealth and upward mobility as their value has skyrocketed into the millions of dollars.

Among those who have benefitted is Glenn “Monty” Montgomery. For about 40 years, Monty has owned an insurance company that specializes in coverage of brownstones in New York City and downtown Boston. The business is one that Monty, 64, can’t quite let go of.

“I consider myself semi-retired because I still own the insurance company, but I have someone else running it,” Monty explains. “That allows me to spend about seven months out of the year down here in Florida. The other five months I spend up north in Boston, but I’m slowly transitioning down here.”

As part of that transition, Monty went in search of new doctors and a new dentist. His dentist pursuit was triggered largely by the retirement of his former provider. For years, though, Monty fought a battle with tooth decay but could never gain the upper hand.

“I’ve always had problems with my teeth,” Monty laments. “They were very brown and a lot of them were chipped because I’m a grinder, meaning I grind my teeth. Some teeth even had holes in them, so it was like I was always chasing down one problem after another with them, which was very frustrating.

“I had one tooth that was chipped so badly that they had to do a root canal and put a crown on it. Then, no sooner did I get that done than a filling fell out of another tooth. Taking care of my teeth was like taking care of an old car or an old boat. They needed constant maintenance and repair.

“The problem was so bad that I asked my former dentist a couple of times if I should just get them all replaced, but he said no. I asked about just getting them whitened, and he said he wouldn’t bother doing that either. He was in the business of doing maintenance, but the problems never went away.”

Those tooth troubles robbed Monty of a lot of confidence. Not just in his smile, but in his ability to chew and eat properly. About a year ago, he reached a point where his teeth were chipping so regularly that he was almost afraid to eat.

When another filling fell out, Monty ramped up his search for a new dentist.

“I went to a friend and told him I needed to see a dentist in a hurry and asked if he could recommend one,” Monty recalls. “He told me to go see
Dr. Farag. He said he’s a great dentist. So, I went to see him, and from the moment I walked in the people there could not have been nicer.”

Full-Mouth Rehab

Dr. Farag is Joseph H. Farag, DMD, of Port Charlotte Dental Care, which has offices in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. Though Monty first came to him primarily for a repair of the missing filling, Dr. Farag noticed a number of problems that needed to be addressed.

“He’s very rough on his teeth and had a lot of wear and a lot of chipping,” Dr. Farag reports. “I could see that he had a lot of patchwork dentistry done over the years, but he had several teeth that aged rather roughly and were essentially falling apart. I asked him, Have you ever thought of having a full-mouth rehabilitation done?

“I explained to him what that entailed, how we would do a full rehabilitation of all his teeth and restore everything – the bite, the smile line, the gum tissue, everything. We even did a digital wax-up to show what his new smile would look like, but he said he wasn’t that concerned about the cosmetics of it.

“Dr. Farag did a great job creating a new smile for me. I’m thrilled with the outcome.”Monty

“He was more concerned with getting proper function back so that he could chew and eat with confidence again and not have to put so much time and work into repairing things all the time. I told him the cosmetic improvement was just one of the byproducts of having the procedure done, an added bonus if you will.

“He wasn’t ready to make a decision yet, so we decided to go ahead and take care of the filling. But I sent him home with some literature regarding the full-mouth rehabilitation and told him to think about it. A few days later, he called me back and said, Let’s do it.

The rehabilitation began with a deep cleaning of Monty’s gums to ensure the healthiest foundation possible for his remaining 28 teeth. Once that was done, Dr. Farag began working on the teeth, removing any old crowns and preparing the teeth for new crowns.

“I was in the chair for quite a while because there was a lot of bad, old dentistry that he had to fix along the way,” Monty remembers. “I was awake the whole time, listening to music on my Bose sunglasses while he was working, so it didn’t bother me a bit.

“One thing I could tell, though, is that Dr. Farag and his staff work very well together. They have great chemistry. You can tell they’ve worked together for a long time, and they made me feel very comfortable. I was never nervous or anxious at any point, and that’s because
Dr. Farag did such a good job of making me feel comfortable and at ease. And the process they used to make the crowns is fascinating.”

The Natural Look

Glenn “Monty” Montgomery smiling

Monty smiles all the time now.

Dr. Farag uses digital technology to create crowns, which are made of zirconium. Crowns used to be made of porcelain that was fused to metal. Crowns of that nature are functional, but if the gums recede they leave a line near the gum where the metal shows. Crowns made of zirconium do not have that aesthetic drawback.

Monty was initially fit with temporary crowns. He received the permanent crowns, which were fabricated in a lab, about two weeks later. The permanent crowns are much whiter than Monty’s browning teeth, so his new smile is much brighter than it was before. The aesthetic improvement is a benefit Monty quickly came to appreciate.

“I was able to pick the color my new teeth would be,” Monty notes. “I didn’t go for anything super white. I wanted to make sure everything looked natural, and with the help of Dr. Farag and his staff we came up with a color that is a great deal whiter than what my teeth were before but still look natural.

“Now I smile all the time. And one of the best things is that I have the same teeth I had before except they don’t look like they’re all full of buckshot. No one can even tell I have crowns on them, that’s how natural they look. And they function perfectly. I can eat anything I want without worrying about my teeth breaking or chipping all the time.”

Monty also was fit with a mouthguard to wear while sleeping to further protect his new smile from grinding. That advanced level of care is one of several reasons Monty says he gladly recommends Dr. Farag and Port Charlotte Dental Care to others.

“I felt very comfortable with Dr. Farag from the moment I met him,” Monty reveals. “That’s one of the reasons I decided to have all this work done in the first place. It was because I felt so comfortable with him. I also felt like he really cared about me. It is clear that everyone in his office cared about me, and I felt that way through the whole process.

“Dr. Farag explained everything at each step of the way, and I never got the feeling he was rushing to get anything done or was in a hurry to move on to another patient. He made me feel as though I was the only patient that mattered to him.

Dr. Farag did a great job creating a new smile for me. I’m thrilled with the outcome.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos courtesy of Glenn Montgomery. Before and after images courtesy of Port Charlotte Dental Care. mkb
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