Restoring Her World-Famous Smile

June 1st, 2019

Lynda’s beautiful smile was made possible by Dr. Noie’s skill and tenacity.

Former model, Lynda Michaelski’s smile was saved by Dr. Noie

By Xander Thomas

At one time, she was hand-picked for major advertisements because of a big beautiful smile. Unfortunately, an autoimmune disease threatened her ability to smile entirely.
For Lynda Michaelski, working on the occasional print ad, and having the ability to remain with her sons most of the time and take care of them was like a dream come true as a dedicated mother. She had been a stay-at-home mom from the time she was 18 up until 30, when she volunteer-taught at her children’s school. After that, she started a little business selling Mary Kay, which would present her with a whole new opportunity.

“I went to a convention when I was about 31 or 32, and the Mary Kay Makeup people said ‘you know, you ought to do the ads for us,’” Lynda recalled. “I had never even been out in the world, I lived in Iowa from about 18 to 30 or so!”

From here, Lynda would join a modeling agency and go on to do work for big names such as Gordon’s Jewelers and British Caledonian Airlines. It was all because of her big beaming grin that Lynda had been given these gigs.

“I was fortunately able to do a lot of print work for major companies, and I was hired because of my smile,” she said, “I looked at those pay checks and I thought I could smile for a living!”

That was, until she couldn’t. Lynda was diagnosed with scleroderma, and under times of stress, the disease began to take a toll on her body. She began noticing problems in her mouth back in 2009, right before Ike made its mark in the area. With the damage it caused, the weight on Lynda and her husbands’ shoulders became worse.

“It was a very trying time because of the hurricane and properties to repair,” She said. “And then to have a medical issue as severe as what I had because of stress, it was terrifying for me.”

She said that while she had learned to manage her scleroderma before, it was now causing problems that she couldn’t handle, and it now required quite a bit of help.

“It was literally bone deteriorating,” she said, “My entire upper mandible was in jeopardy, that’s the bone right underneath your nose, part of your jaw bone.”

This not only affected her ability to eat, but of course, made it difficult for her to show off her once world-famous smile.

“I consulted with three or four other doctors, and they simply didn’t have the capabilities to handle something like this,” she said.

Ultimately, it was while having breakfast in a local restaurant in 2011 that an ad in a particular local magazine caught her eye. While reading Bay Area Houston Magazine over her meal, she decided to give Dr. Noie a call to see if he could help her.

“He said ‘We’re going to be joined at the hip for the next few years, but I can fix you. I can handle this,’” Lynda said with a laugh.

It was a difficult process, involving complex bone grafting procedures and many implants. The end-result: she finally has her beautiful pearly whites back to the same state as before.

“I had 14 surgeries. Dr. Noie had to take bone out of my chin and graft it up into the upper mandible,” she said, “The man does not give up. He’s just a genius at overcoming problems.”

Lynda says that she and her husband consider Dr. Noie a godsend, and highly recommend him to anyone they know needing dental work, and they are extremely thankful for all he has done for her.

“I appreciate being able to smile, talk and eat and go on with my life!” She says, “I’m Back! I’m Here! I’m Smiling!”

Dr. Noie has been in private practice in the Bay Area since 1996. He is a Diplomate of Int’l Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, and Assoc. Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has completed his surgical training at New York University as well as Medical University of South Carolina, Temple University, and Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his oral Anesthesiology training at University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Teeth in One Day – A Successful Reality

February 1st, 2019

You can now replace your missing or badly damaged teeth or dentures with a beautiful, natural, and permanent smile in just 1 day while asleep!   

If you enjoy a juicy bite of a crisp, sweet apple, consider yourself blessed. For thousands of people, this is not a pleasant experience because of the poor condition of their teeth, or because they are denture wearers. Eating should be one of life’s greatest pleasures, yet for many Americans this simply is not the case. They are in pain or unable to enjoy the simple delights most of us take for granted—enjoy chewing our food. I still remember my father’s noticeable struggle at the dinner table. I witnessed first hand how inability to eat a juicy piece of steak or salad affected the quality of his life. My father felt ashamed of his false teeth and suffered at the dinner table night after night. I remember having nightmares about losing my teeth and I began to really pay attention to people’s teeth. While that experience sparked my lifelong passion for finding the perfect replacement for natural teeth, there was no real solution for another three decades, until dental implants entered the arena.

Dental implants proved to be completely functional, comfortable, and beautiful as well. It is now realistically possible make dentures history! We live in awesome times. We now have the ability to replace natural teeth in just one day while in deep sleep. Thanks to experiments done by Swedish orthopedist, Dr. Ingvar Branemark, we learned that the hard tissue does not reject foreign objects so long as they are inserted under certain conditions and principles. In fact, our body completely integrates the new body part in a few short weeks and with proper maintenance will preserve it for life.

The evolution that Dr. Branemark began over 50 years ago by inserting a metal rod into a rabbit’s femur has blossomed into replacing vital body parts such as teeth, knee and hip in just one day.  This knowledge completely transformed orthopedics and dentistry and is changing lives dramatically, everyday.  Regrettably, my father passed away before I had the skills to help him, but in pursuing that lofty goal, I have been able to treat tens of thousands of Americans suffering with removable teeth and missing teeth!

To find out if dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Noie’s office, Unicare Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 281-332-4700 or online at www.drnoie.com to schedule your no obligation, complimentary consultation with Dr. Noie.

Sleep Away Your Dental Fears

June 1st, 2015

smiling and sleepy woman with dreams cloud sign

smiling and sleepy woman with dreams cloud sign

By Farid Noie DDS, DICOI, FAGD, AFAAID

Imagine this: you are going about your daily business and all of a sudden a single thought crosses your mind. Almost instantly your heart starts racing. You find yourself feeling anxious and uneasy.  You might even notice that your blood pressure has gone up. Many people report sweaty palms or a knot in their stomach. What could it be?

Well, there are only a handful of thoughts that can affect us to that degree.  You are either in love, getting ready to be audited by IRS, or you just remembered you have a dental appointment.  Of course I am making light of the dental fear, but for many people these responses are very real. Your logical side knows that you need to keep your appointment, and you will. But your emotional side does not want to be anywhere near your dentist’s office.

When it’s time to go to your dentist, do any of these physical and emotional reactions sound familiar?  Regrettably for too many people they do. There are those who express their fear of dentists openly but most of us take the brave route and keep it together by hiding our fear. Then there is the third group, people who completely give in to fear and just avoid going to the dentist altogether until something hurts to a point that it can no longer be tolerated. They then reluctantly go see their dentist and usually do just enough to relieve the pain. They might even decide to get as much as they can done on the same visit because they know once they leave, they will not come back until the next toothache becomes unbearable. What percentage of population do you think belong to each of these three groups?

More than thirty percent of people belong to the third group according to Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).  Even for those in group two who bravely visit their dentist regardless of their apprehension (like me), the experience is not very pleasant or relaxing. After all, it is completely natural to get uneasy when a sharp, long needle is approaching your mouth.  Over the last eighteen years I have rarely seen a patient who enjoys getting dental work done. Actually, on rare occasions (maybe once in a couple of years), I have come across some who enjoy getting anesthetic injections or teeth pulled. I always find that alarming and usually proceed to ask a few more questions to assure they are mentally sound.

There are some special occasions in life that you want to remember. Getting dental work done is not one of them. The damage caused by dread of dental work goes beyond just sweaty palms and heavy palpitations. It causes many people to avoid routine dental checkups and early detection of the oral problems when they are still small and easily correctable (and inexpensive). Some common oral health problems like Gingivitis are painless, so they get very little attention simply because they don’t hurt. Other problems such as development of tooth decay remain pain-free until the nerve of the tooth gets infected. By then the problem becomes more complicated, more painful to treat, and far more expensive. All of which further reinforces the original fear theory. I call that “oral catch 22”.

Wouldn’t you rather be sound asleep while getting your dental work?  That would be ideal, wouldn’t it? Well, the delivery of sedative drugs during the dental procedure will eliminate feelings of discomfort and ensures a pleasant experience for the patient. Even though there are other forms of sedations available, they are usually not as effective or easily to titrate as intravenous (IV) sedation. The process is extremely simple. It is very similar to getting blood work done or donating blood. The specially trained dentist will establish an IV line and then give you some sedative drugs intravenously until you fall asleep. Next thing you remember, you wake up and your dental work is completed. It all seems like minutes as opposed to hours. Most people don’t even remember the whole experience. It is as though your mouth got magically fixed while you were sound sleep.

I understand there are some of you who still prefer to feel and remember the whole experience. Those are usually the ones who have never experienced IV Sedation in dental office. I dare say that if you try it, you would not go back to awake dentistry.