Ed B. from Clearwater, FL (Source: Yelp)
in my experiences with more than two dozen dentists in the Tampa Bay area and elsewhere until I met Dr.William Strupp, I discovered you cannot trust the expertise, practices, procedures, materials or intentions of most dentists. To me, the dental profession and dental schools have let us all down. Here’s what I mean… In my 20’s, dentists started telling me I had decay. They installed fillings. Months later, I experienced discomfort from those teeth, and the surrounding gums. I went back to the dentist(s) who did the work; they tried to sell me on crowns, root canals or even extractions!. Naively, I followed their advice in many cases. Several teeth were ground down and crowns were placed on them. But the discomfort continued or even got worse. My gums deteriorated. These dentists never offered any warranty or compensation for the fact that their interventions were not fixing problems. They just suggested that I pay them for more and more work. After spending thousands of dollars, enduring lots of pain, and being treated disrespectfully by several dental offices, I investigated the dental profession by calling state dentistry boards, forensic dentists, and others. What I discovered truly shocked me…most dentists are using practices, materials and procedures that create more problems than they fix. Not only that, many dentists are counseled by dental marketing advisors who encourage them to do expensive and unnecessary procedures that are designed to increase the dentist’s profits rather than fix dental problems. Some dentists were downright dishonest and rude. Dental malpractice is the rule, rather than the exception. That’s the stark truth of it. One of my business colleagues who knew I was having trouble finding a great dentist told me that the team dentist for the New York Yankees had an office in Clearwater. Indeed, when I first entered Dr. Strupp’s office and saw autographed photos of him with World Series-winning baseball players, George Steinbrenner and other luminaries, I was of course impressed. But what really impressed me was what happened during the first exam Dr. Strupp did on me. He gave me a comprehensive list of all the teeth I had been having problems with, and explained in detail what had happened and why the problems were getting worse. In every case, previous dentists had injured, improperly prepped or otherwise harmed my underlying teeth. And then, to add insult and injury, those incompetent dentists had installed crowns and/or fillings made from inferior materials. These fillings and crowns were improperly made, poorly-fitted, and had been hammered onto the teeth and gums so they were causing severe injury! Not only that, the fillings and crowns had been placed so loosely that they were “leaking” to allow bacteria to get in underneath and create hidden decay. i didn’t have to take Dr. Strupp’s word for it. He and his colleagues showed me via digital x-rays and photos just how decayed and mangled my poor mouth and gums were. My teeth were rotting away under the pathetic crowns and fillings put on by the previous dentists! I started the repair program with Dr. Strupp and his team two years ago and only one quadrant of my mouth is still left to be fixed. Dr. Strupp is the ultimate perfectionist and doesn’t rest until your teeth are stronger than even Nature could have made them. I have chosen gold restorations, and they are so beautiful that you could almost view them as jewelry. Now that my mouth is 75% restored, my health has improved tremendously. Dental problems affect your overall health, and until Dr. Strupp started fixing these problems, I had constant pain. Now my teeth and gums feel great, and I know that Strupp’s work will keep my mouth healthy the rest of my life. Even if you believe your current dentist is great, I urge you to have Dr. Strupp examine your teeth right away. If only he had been my dentist all these years, I would have avoided a lot of pain and expense.