Trusted Care

Comprehensive, personalized treatment earns patient’s devotion.

For regular business travelers and occasional vacationers alike, finding just the right hotel room for the right price can sometimes be a difficult process. Michael Burrock is in the business of making that process a little easier.

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For Michael, the transition to a new dentist was easier than he expected

Michael develops hotel reservation software programs, and over the years, the three start-up companies he’s either owned or been a partner in have been associated with some of the world’s best-known hotel chains.

“Right now, we’re working mostly with Motel 6 and Best Western®, but we’ve also worked with Sandals®, Wyndham® and Westin® hotels,” says Michael, who stands out from the majority of his fellow software developers for one very specific reason.

At 75, Michael is nearly 50 years older than the average software developer. He’s very active and health-conscious, and as a result, the Bokeelia resident says he neither feels like he’s 75 nor looks like he’s 75.

“I don’t mean to be boastful, but I don’t look my age,” says Michael, who willingly gives a lot of the credit for his more youthful appearance to the dentist who has spent the past couple years shaping his youthful-looking smile.

That dentist is Katrine A. Farag, DMD, who inherited Michael as a patient when she took over a previous practice and opened Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers. Michael says Dr. Farag made the transition from his previous dentist a breeze.

“I have to admit, I had some concerns about having to transition to a new dentist because I was very happy with my old one,” Michael explains. “But I was immediately comfortable with Dr. Farag. She’s very personable, knowledgeable and thorough.”

Finishing the Job

Dr. Farag first began treating Michael in 2016. In time, she soon earned Michael’s trust, first by doing the follow-up work for a laser gum treatment that was performed by his previous dentist and then by doing some general maintenance work.

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Michael Burrock

“We followed up on his gums to make sure they stay healthy so that he would not need the surgery again and did a filling on one tooth, a filling on a smaller tooth and some minor things on a tooth that had cracked,” Dr. Farag recalls.

“All along, though, his lower front teeth were very misaligned and not really in great shape. It was something he put off taking care of for a long time, even with the previous doctor, and it was affecting his smile.”

It wasn’t just Michael’s smile that was impacted by the problems he had with his lower front teeth. His ability to eat was eventually affected as well when one of those teeth became loose and the area around it very painful.

It was about that time that Michael was making a new commitment to proper oral health, so he decided once and for all to have his bottom teeth repaired. Having long since developed a great degree of trust in Dr. Farag, he turned to her to do the work.

“One of the things I really like about Dr. Farag is that before she does any work for you, she always does a great job of explaining all your options and what the pros and cons are of each choice,” Michael exudes. “She, of course, did that in this case as well.

“And what she told me was that because both of the lower front teeth were infected, it made the most sense to pull the front teeth and replace them with a bridge. She said the bridge would be more structurally sound and have a much better appearance.”

Confident that Dr. Farag’s recommendation would enhance both his oral health and his appearance, Michael agreed to have Dr. Farag pull his lower two front teeth and fit him for a permanently fixed bridge.

The time required for the gums to heal after two infected teeth are pulled is about eight weeks. Michael was given a temporary bridge to wear during that time and was fit for the permanent bridge in July.

“The bridge we gave him is completely fixed,” Dr. Farag says. “It’s firmly cemented and anchored to other, healthier teeth, and one of the great things about it is that it’s made of ceramic, which allows us to be in control in a way that lets us align everything perfectly.

“Now, he has perfectly straight lower teeth. To look at Michael, you would never know how crooked his real teeth were. What I’m happiest about, though, is that he’s happy to have that look, because I know he was unhappy with that crooked smile.”

Ecstatic might be a better way to describe how Michael feels about the new look of his lower front teeth. He says the new bridge fits perfectly, has alleviated any eating problems he was having and has greatly enhanced his confidence.

“Dr. Farag did an excellent job,” Michael enthuses. “The procedure wasn’t painful at all, and I’m no longer having any pain or discomfort when I’m chewing. A number of people have told me how great my teeth look now.”

Match Made Perfect

Michael was so pleased with the work Dr. Farag did to improve the health and appearance of his lower teeth that he recently returned to have her do some aesthetic work on his two upper front teeth as well.

“I call those my bunny teeth, and they’re sound structurally; there was nothing wrong there,” Michael explains. “But one was a little discolored and the other one was a little worse than that, so I asked her what could be done about it.”

Dr. Farag determined that capping the two front teeth would be the best option for Michael, who agreed with her assessment. As part of that process, Dr. Farag also matches the color of the patient’s other teeth so they are aesthetically perfect.

“We have a variety of different shades to choose from, and it’s mostly a judgment call we make in making that match,” Dr. Farag informs. “Sometimes, we even step outside to see what the teeth look like in natural light to make sure we’re getting it right.

“Then, once I think I’m pretty close with the match, I let the patient try them, just to make sure they love the color before they’re married to them with
permanent cement.”

Michael says he couldn’t be happier with the results of Dr. Farag’s work. Not only did she improve his oral health, she gave him the aesthetically pleasing smile he’s always wanted. He adds that he recommends her to anyone looking for a dentist.

“She’s a very happy, upbeat person, and the office is a comfortable place where everyone is very positive,” Michael says. “And as far as her work goes, she’s very diligent and an absolute perfectionist. Everything has to be exactly right.

“She always does what’s necessary to make you feel comfortable and not experience any pain or discomfort. She’s very considerate and very much in tune with her patients that way, so I would suggest that anybody who has any anxiety about going to the dentist go see Dr. Farag. She has a way of taking all of your anxiety away and making everything very easy.”

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