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Hi, I am Alison. I am a patient at Scharrington Dental. I had a full upper and lower arch supported by dental implants, including four cycle implants. I have always had dental phobia, I have always had great sensitivity to my teeth. I have also had extensive restoration. It had again failed, meaning that I was at the point where I was looking at getting my teeth extracted and getting dentures because of the pain and the cost. The hybrid dentures was interesting to me and I’d seen the commercials and I went and talked to my dentist at the time about this option. He was hesitant, but then he recommend his friend, an oral surgeon – I didn’t really care for the oral surgeon, but again I was in a rush I wanted this done, and I felt like the less I knew with my phobia, the better I would do. Boy, was I wrong!
The surgery was supposed to be 4 to 5 hours, where it would be an upper and lower, and the possibility of a zygoma implant and it ended up being 10. It was the nightmare that I thought would always happen, and it literally changed my life for the worse and I had so many courses of antibiotics that they said you have to have one of these removed, and I was just devastated, so I reached out, and I looked into other people that were Specialists and everybody refused.
I felt alone and unsupported and just hopeless, and then I said to myself you know what? I am a board-certified internist. I am going to find a board-certified Prosthodontist! And I looked and I looked and I saw Dr. Joon Han and I read his profile and I said, no maybe this is the real light, maybe this is what I need.
Dr. Han was the only one out of 20 oral surgeons and dentists and Prosthodontists and all the people I had reached out to, who agreed to help me. When he gave me the treatment plan, it was not forced at me – there wasn’t the ‘you must have this much money’. It was kind of like – this is what we are going to do, and it is a journey, journey is here: we have got to get a panorex, we have got to see what is going on, and then journey number 2 is those prosthetics they don’t fit you, you need new ones. So do we work with what we have? Well, we have to see that the implant is stable and I’m starting to understand it. So the day of the surgery, they went to look, and all four of them on the lower fell out. Not just one, all four had failed, and Dr. Han and Dr. Paul took the effort to fix all four of them at that same time.
The difference in the surgeries was – I can’t even describe it to you. My husband was there. He was part of it – all the questions were answered. We had a picture of these massive zygoma things. We had a picture of, you know my blood pressure, my vitals – everything was stable. When I had the replacement and all the new hardware, the fit was amazing, and I still struggle with this because it is so beautiful. You know I have the teeth, I have the ability to talk, I don’t have the air leaks this is the teeth that I am going to have for the rest of my life – they don’t hurt, they’re beautiful I know how to take care of them and I get to go to my favorite dentist, Dr. Han.
Laima – Patient: My name is Laima and I had a very bad situation – my gums were bleeding, there was inflammation the pockets between bridges and gums was very deep, I had a sensitivity to cold food and also hard food – it was hard to chew.
This place was like a gap was bigger, and bigger, and I said enough – we need to do something.
Dr. Joon Han: Lima came to my office because she had a concern with the two front teeth and she didn’t like the way it looked and then she wanted to get something done. She also told me that she wanted me to check everything because she said that she hasn’t seen a dentist and she doesn’t know what else that’s going on.
When I looked at her overall her oral health she was in a very serious condition – she didn’t know she had a serious condition. There was a lot of decays, the bridge that she had was failing I mean every single aspect of her teeth were failing, so what I told her is you need a complete full mouth rehabilitation in order to achieve what you are looking for. What we did for her is we did starting from implants to crowns to a lot of the gum surgeries and gum disease treatment, so we did a comprehensive treatment of her entire mouth.
Laima – Patient: When the work was done I just felt a big relief. I knew now I can enjoy life, and I can eat everything what I like – special, special pistachios, nuts, no more sensitivity I can drink hot or cold – I’m taking walks with my husband, we meet our neighbors, and we can talk, and I like to do some art. I like to paint with oil, sometimes with pencils or pastels – it’s like a mediation for me, I am so happy now so confident of my smile and of course it changed my life you know.
I am so thankful to Dr. Han I just feel like I’m blessed to have him in my life
William – Patient: It pretty much all started when I finally had to have basically an emergency root canal. Ended up at work one day and it’s just a massive amount of pain – truthfully prior to that I didn’t really take good care of my teeth, I wasn’t much of a picture person, I didn’t really like showing my teeth, but the kind of last straw was I think it was about a year before my brother’s wedding when I had this impacted or issue within my teeth, and I wanted to have a good smile at least for my brother’s wedding – that is what drove me to want to continue to get some work done after just getting the emergency side taken care of, I wanted something that was going to look good on a picture and be able to look back on that picture later and be okay with it – not be embarrassed about it or not like where I was at that time.
I called some places, and most of them couldn’t fit me in for days or weeks in some cases, and Dr. Han was actually able to get me in, I believe, the next day – technically I think he even offered to do that day after I got off work and it worked out great it was where I was living at the time – he was right across the street, so it was like I could walk there in 2 minutes, but it was more about when he could get me in and I kept coming back because he was not judgmental about where I was with how I took care of things at the time and helped me look at what could change.
Dr. Joon Han: William came to my office to improve his smile. After evaluation, we found out that he had multiple cavities in his front teeth. So I told him we can work on your teeth by putting crowns and veneers and the combination of that in order to enhance his smile
William – Patient: Now that his work is done it’s definitely much more friendly to smile, I am in a better place and I care about what the smile looks like. I am not afraid to show the teeth anymore. I would recommend Dr. Han, I actually have to my brother – most of the reason I would recommend him is because of their friendly demeanor. I don’t feel like just a patient I feel like they care about who I am here, and Dr. Han and the rest of the staff at Scharrington Dental don’t make you feel like anybody but a friend or a colleague vs. just another patient. They take care of you – they don’t judge, and they involve you in every step of the way.
Dental Implants in the Aesthetic Zone - Eric's Experience
Eric – Patient: My name is Eric, I came to Dr. Han I’ve had one implant recently and several years ago I had a front tooth implant. There was an accident where I hit my head on a tree actually and I had a pretty – I saw stars and then I didn’t think it was too bad, but then I got an abscess.
My wife found Dr. Han, and said you really need o go to him and I went over and I said what a light, night and day difference it was because he really was a lot better. We looked at it and then he determined that it was infected the tooth was cracked, he determined that possibly we could save it and went to a specialist and ultimately they took it out and I came in and started the process of the implant.
Dr. Joon Han: Eric came in for multiple reasons – he had an accident, so he accidentally fractured his front teeth. We took the CT scan to see what type of damage. A lot of the trauma cases, the vital structure – bone structure can be damaged, so what I told him is doing a bridge was one option but then we have to compromise the teeth adjacent to it so I told him we can do an implant but there is going to be a long process, because of the bones that support the ground area, it is already compromised and we got to do the grafting procedures and then once the bones are healed then we are going to do a dental implant to get his smile back.
Eric – Patient: Since the surgery on the implant and then subsequently another one in my side of my mouth, all things are good – I mean the front there is a learning curve because when you are chewing you don’t realize that now you don’t have teeth with nerve in there, so you are biting down, but it does look like my normal tooth in the front, it matches up nicely and I think 110% great job.
When you meet Dr. Han he has some personal interests he doesn’t go right to the – I mean we’re running a business here we all know that but he comes in and he says hey how’s things going with my son being a soccer player. He asks how he’s doing, my wife, he asks about my daughter so he knows my family and then after he asks about it, so I think that is just one of the other reasons that we come to him, but again it is a professional place to come into and it should be.
Dental Implants Replace a Single Tooth Seamlessly - Joseph's Testimonial
Joseph – Patient: Hi, my name is Joseph. I had an upper implant with Dr. Han. I broke my tooth, and I had a root canal done, and I broke it again, probably about 10, 15 years later, and after the second repair I started having bone loss, and the tooth just fell out. When I bit into a candy bar or something like that, that tooth broke. That kind of scares you because you are thinking what can they do to fix this, you know it’s a front tooth, your smile and then when I came in and saw Dr. Han was already my dentist so when I went to see him, and he told me my options, I felt confident. I didn’t worry about it at all.
Dr. Joon Han: Joseph came in originally with his tooth fracture because he had a root canal done on that tooth for a long time, so we ended up doing a dental implant, but for his case his bone structure was not that great, so we had to do a lot of the bone graft procedures, so this case was referred to an oral surgeon, so I worked closely with the oral surgeon to achieve the optimal goal, and then Joe came back to restore his front teeth.
Joseph – Patient: Dr. Han’s chair side manners – yeah, he is real mellow and makes me feel good because the whole time the implant procedure was going on, he was always worried about my smile and how he looked and since the procedure, everything was fine I am able to smile confidently, and I would recommend this office to anybody that needs that kind nay kind of dental work. To me, he is honest, and he’s got a good personality. What else could you ask for a dentist?
Mary Rose – Patient: Hi, my name is Mary Rose I am a patient of Dr. Han, I had dental veneers on the top portion of my teeth, when I first came into see Dr. Han, I came to see him as a general dentist for general dentistry, and in my conversation with him I told him I was unhappy with the way me teeth had started chipping and told him I was unhappy with the way my teeth had started chipping and started getting thin, and so he recommended veneers, and we spoke about that at length.
Dr. Joon Han: Mary Rose came in because she had concerns about her smile, she noticed that she had a lot of chipped front teeth from the moment of the consultation – she asked what can I do to improve my smile? I told her the best way to improve her smile is getting veneers.
Mary Rose – Patient: We did look at length about the shading, and he made some recommendations because sometimes you see veneers and then you see veneers that are not very natural looking because they are really brilliant – a brilliant kind of white and he didn’t recommend that he recommended something that looked pretty much like the colour and shade of the teeth that I already had. I really couldn’t believe what it looked like, I envisioned it, but I couldn’t believe it when he showed me what it looked like, especially after putting temporary veneers in and then seeing the real ones, was just a – I just couldn’t believe what they looked like.
I think a smile is really important to the whole facial expression of you as an individual, and I really can’t tell you how many people, when I had my photograph taken how many people said something to me about my smile, and it was striking I had a regular smile I just didn’t have the kind of smile in the kind of teeth that I have now. So that’s a compliment to Dr. Han!
Full Arch Dental Implants Replaced my Failing Bridge - Linda's Story
Linda – Patient: My name is Linda and the procedure I had done here with Dr. Han is I had 2, 3 implants on the bottom and a full dental implant arch on the top. My lower teeth were starting to tip outward and become very loose and on the top the front one was doing the same arching out and getting caught on my lip and I was, I had a lot of root canals and then the teeth were becoming very brittle and coming apart.
My younger brother had gone to Dr. Han and had an implant and I called him and he suggested Dr. Han and I came and I saw it and I liked him. The first time I met Dr. Han – he listened to all my concerns, he was very pleasant and understanding and he has a lot of information to give to me on what could be done.
Dr. Joon Han: Upon examination we took CT scans, a lot of x-rays we did detailed examination and then when I realized her bridge that she had was failing completely she didn’t have any pain, she didn’t have any discomfort so she kind of ignored that issue for many, many years. I also realized that she has a severe periodontal disease so what I recommended for her is her remaining upper teeth unfortunately cannot be saved best possible solution for her was replace her existing teeth with dental implants and then using dental implants we make prosthetics so we have a total control over her entire smile and also the function of her teeth as well.
Linda – Patient: Since the procedure which has been 4 years, it has been great, they are just like my own natural teeth!
I would definitely recommend, Dr. Han’s team because my experience was unbelievable, I had absolutely no pain – I believe I took one Advil through that whole experience with the lower implants, and the full top bridge implants not one single day of pain. Yes I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to have that experience.
I really can’t thank Dr. Han and his team and his office people. They have made this whole experience really good for me – really wonderful, I really thank them a lot because if it weren’t for his office, I wouldn’t have the implants that I have today – I wouldn’t!
My Dental Implant Surgery was Painless! - Antonette Shares her Experience at Scharrington Dental
Antonette – Patient: I am Antonette and the procedure that I had done here at Dr. Han’s office is a dental implant, 4 dental implants. Prior to the dental implant, I had a failing bridge, and I looked for a good dentist and I saw him and he was not really very far away from me, probably 3 minutes way and it was very convenient and I was quite impressed with Dr. Han.
Dr. Joon Han: So Antonette came into my office, she had a bridge for a long period of time, I think she said she had that bridge for 15 plus years and then she started noticing that her bridge was moving and then she was very concerned that if she loses the bridge she doesn’t want o wear partial dentures, and I want to get something fixed in that right side so I can chew better – that is what her main concern was so I told her that her only option that she can do is to get her teeth back is doing dental implants.
Antonette – Patient: Going through another surgery I was quite anxious because of the – of course the pain and I was thinking oh will this work? Or will it fail again but then again you know I gave it a shot and I had confidence in him and during the surgery, I was really pleased because he had the dexterity because he is very gentle and after that I didn’t have any swelling and they did follow up calls on me and you know they were asking me if I had pain, and I didn’t have any pain and I didn’t have – I didn’t even have to take any narcotics after that which was very good, and I didn’t have any swelling at all.
I recommend Dr. Han and his team members. First of all he is a perfectionist so he is a perfect dentist – I know no body is perfect but for me, after going through a lot of, I met a lot of dentists and I think he is one of the best!