I met Dr. Hoop two years ago. My husband and I had just relocated (hopefully, for the LAST time) here, in Florida-our retirement dream. I was excited and busy those first few months-new house, new surroundings, new 24/7 husband around… and new problems with my teeth. I wanted to keep them. Or, I should say, keep whatever was left of them!
My history was complicated by having worn braces for 3 (!) times, beginning at age 13 and ending at age 33, four months before the birth of my 2nd son. Yes, I did wear my retainer each time but apparently my teeth were stubborn and wanted to move back into the positions THEY wanted instead of where my dentist & I had wanted them to be. Add on multiple moves over the years and many different dentists, some of whom were not as skilled as they said or thought they were, and the problems got more complex.
Three months before the move, with “fix-it patches” on chipped teeth, many crowns, two missing teeth that couldn’t be saved, and inheriting my mother’s tendency for gum disease, I decided to have these problems finally fixed before my new retirement life began-sort of a fresh start again! I even paid for a “permanent” fixed bridge (four upper front teeth) that fell out after only two months. A trip back to our former area to collect the rest of our belongings found me returning to the dentist who originally had put the bridge on; “this time”, he said, “they’ll last a long time”. That “long time” turned out to be just three months before they were loose again-and not all that comfortable chewing with, either.
Enter Dr. Hoop, a new friend’s recommendation. Along with assorted, expected maintenance suggestions, he had to deliver the bad news that decay had already developed under my new bridge due to a poor fit & that adjacent teeth were in jeopardy as well. I listened to all he said, came home, and had a good, long cry.
I thought about the situation and decided that if this dentist could allow me at least five more years with actual teeth, I wanted to proceed. I really didn’t want dentures; my mother had to get them in her late 50’s (I am 60) and my younger sister was in the process of holding onto her remaining ones with a tight grip.
Dr. Hoop, 2nd visit: I asked a lot of questions. I was expecting the quick, “what you want to hear” answers. I got none. Instead, I got honest answers, what could be fixed and what couldn’t, how much it would cost, the timetable, the medications available, and one surprising answer – “if I didn’t think I could give you at least 10 years or more, I wouldn’t put you through this. There are no guarantees but there’s also no reason you can’t have teeth for 20 years or a lifetime if you take care of them when I finish my work.”
I was still hesitant, though. I didn’t want to spend money my husband and I planned to spend elsewhere. I didn’t want to be going to another dentist for a year and a half, not knowing if the results would last any longer. I certainly didn’t need any more dental pain, and to be honest, I was still angry. At all the poor quality work I’d had done before, at the time I’d spent having this done, at the enormous expense… I guess my list could have gone on forever. And, to be truthful, I was skeptical that this experience could yield anything but what I’d already endured many, many times before.
However, I felt that dangling carrot swaying back & forth overhead and I wanted to keep my teeth as long as I could. I decided to put my trust in one more dentist’s hands, Dr. Hoop’s hands.
Those hands-and the man attached to them-proved to be both skilled and gentle and provided me with virtually pain-free treatment. In my experience, a dentist with honesty, integrity, sensitivity and caring. His most qualified and compassionate staff added an unexpected bonus.
Now, six months later, with all work completed and 2 “post-everything” check-ups & cleanings, my teeth and my care of them got an A+ and I will say for all to hear-my dentist got an A+ too! As my part of the agreement, I’m working hard at maintaining my lovely new teeth and plan on caring for them for a l-o-n-g time to come. My smile is back and I think prettier than ever! Please feel free to call me anytime to talk about the care received.