Read Murray’s Story

Hi, my name is Murray and I live in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from where we are sitting right now. I was born at a time where the only time you went to a dentist is if something was hurting and for most of my early childhood, that’s about the times I went to the dentist, when something was hurting. My father had lost his teeth very early, my mother lost her teeth, my brother was struggling with his as well and so I thought it was just natural. Everyone I knew had problems with their teeth like that. As I got older and started going to the dentist more often, the dentist began sometimes talking to me and saying “Murray we’ve got a problem. You’ve got some teeth that are missing by now. We need to fill some of those gaps in.” I began a process really of having my teeth fixed with crowns and bridges and those kinds of things put in. Most of them were removable and a royal pain.

I started still going to my dentist and had some root canals done, had some teeth put in with posts. They were always giving me problems. They were always an issue. I never will forget about three years ago sitting on the porch and had company. I bit down into an ear of corn, I love corn on the cob. When my teeth actually bit, it bent up. It was a horrible, horrible experience. I very quickly went to my dentist the very next day, I was lucky to be able to go there, and he rectified the situation, but said “Murray, we’ve got a problem. This is not ever going to be able to be fixed.” I eventually had the root part removed and the gumline was messed up. It really never looked right. I was always very self-conscious about it. It really bothered me a great deal. By that time, I really didn’t really have a real tooth in my mouth. All of my teeth were either crowned or they were all crowned, and permanent bridges put in. My smile looked alright. I was a teacher and I was in the public eye every day and no one really could tell because the dentist had done a pretty good job of masking everything, but I was extremely uncomfortable and very often had aches and pains as a result of it and if you’ve ever had a toothache, you know what I’m talking about.

Well, about a year and a half ago, I went to my dentist and I sat down with him and I said “Doctor, this is really what I think we need to do. You need to give me a plan of what I can do to salvage my mouth.” I thought I was still relatively young. I certainly did not want to wear dentures, but knew that was the direction in which I was going. He laid out a plan and it involved implants, but over a very long period of time, months even years and expensive because he would do one procedure and the orthodontist would do another procedure. Eventually, it was a fairly expensive, extraordinarily tedious process. I started to do some more investigation. I contacted people in Costa Rica, Mexico, Israel. A lot of people were doing this procedure, but think about it. Nevada, in this country and abroad as well. I talked to them and some of them assured me this was the best thing since sliced bread. “Come on down” and they’d fix me up. I was a little apprehensive about that because I thought “What if I have a problem?” Could I really just get on an airplane and fly to Costa Rica, Mexico or Israel that quickly, that easily? I didn’t think so.

Then, surfing the web and lo and behold I found By Design Dental here in King of Prussia and I thought “wow, it’s just right down the road”. I’m lucky that I live fairly close. I called and talked and they said “Come on in and we’ll have a consultation.” I did and let me tell you something. One of the best days of my life was when I came in here and started talking to Rand, Dr. Mogyoros. They were all extraordinary. They sat down with me, they went over the procedure, tried to alleviate any fears I might have. We began talking  the nuts and bolts of it, what to expect, and I thought it was a good idea. I followed through and it was a little over a year ago now. I can remember the day. Did I have some apprehensions? Was I fearful even that morning? Yeah, I was downright scared actually. I came in and I had already met with them and already done all the other x-rays and things and pretty much had a good idea of what was going to happen. They had prepared me extremely well for that and I sat down, the procedure began, and the next thing I knew, I was being offered a smoothie and I had new teeth.

Let me tell you something. Just a few weeks ago I had one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had in a long time. I ate a full ear of corn on the cob and it was delicious and I didn’t have to worry about a tooth bending or other teeth falling out at all. I was gratified. The people here have done such an extraordinary job of repairing me and getting me ready for what to expect. My temporaries that they put in initially; I looked in the mirror and they actually looked – luckily I had as I mentioned enough work that my teeth looked fine from the outside – and so when I looked in the mirror and saw what was there, I thought “my gosh, they look like my teeth, my old teeth, but so much better.” In fact, you know what happened? I was a little apprehensive about what they were going to look like and Rand, the person here who designs the teeth actually took a picture with his phone of my teeth before they were inserted in my mouth, sent it to me. “Murray, look at this closely” he said. “Do you like the way it looks? How about the teeth? The size? The gums? All of that. Does it look like what you want?” and all I had to do is say “You know what, they’re perfect. They look beautiful.” A few months later I got the final teeth. I’ve just been extremely overjoyed with my teeth. I can smile. I can talk. I can eat. I do historic tour guiding in the City of Philadelphia and I don’t have to worry about a tooth bending or something on tour like that happening. I feel confident and I owe it all, I really do, to By Design Dental.

The doctors here, the staff, are some of the finest professionals, both as far as the industry goes, as far as the housekeeping and the people who wait on you, the receptionist who greets you, they are highly, highly professional. I cannot enough recommend By Design Dental. They are some of the finest professionals you’ll ever meet. The decision that you make to come here and have this procedure done or whatever procedure you have done, rest assured this is the finest place you could be.