The Good Doctor
This is a reprint of a letter written by a grateful patient and published by the Palm Beach Post. This family came to our practice in need of comfort. That’s our goal: To bring the families of Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, and beyond, beautiful cosmetic dentistry and the warmth and comfort of a family dentist.
Restorative Dentistry Results by Dr. SindledeckerRestorative Dentistry Results – It was Monday morning and the beginning of a brand-new workweek, and the workday was a tough one. I left a bit early, knowing my nine-year old son’s basketball game was at 7 p.m. at Boca Hoops—a kind of little league basketball in Boca Raton. At 6 p.m., I walked through the door only to hear his excited voice asking, “Is it basketball time yet?” That was my cue that I wasn’t getting out of basketball that evening, no matter how hard my day had been.
At seven o’clock, my wife and I were there in the bleachers, right on time. The little guy was psyched, especially because he was going to start, something he doesn’t usually do. The sound of the buzzer blasted, the game began, and the little rascals were everywhere, chasing the orange ball up and down the court.
Not long after, tragedy struck: I watched my son fall face first to the floor. I leaped onto the court and ran up to him. The unthinkable had happened: Both of his front teeth had broken in half. I grabbed him in my arms, and both of us were in shock. The coach handed me his two front teeth, which had been lying on the basketball floor. As I left with my wife and son in hand, the little guy was crying; he was hurting badly, physically and emotionally, especially after he saw himself in the rearview mirror.
My feeling of helplessness soon became my next nightmare; who could I call at this hour? I thought it would have to wait until the next morning. My wife called our family dentists, Dr. Larry and Dr. Maxine Sindledecker, and naturally, the answering service took my name and phone number as I kept driving. Within two minutes, Maxine’s voice was on the line. She listened to my story and invited me to her home. I felt the weight of the world was lifted from me. We pulled up and Maxine was waiting. The little fellow was in tears as Maxine gave him a hug and assured him he would be all right. Larry and Maxine both took a look and felt it could be repaired. But he was still in pain, so they both drove ten miles to re-open their office and fixed it so he wouldn’t be in pain. Then she called him in for a Tuesday morning cosmetic bonding.
I know that Larry and Maxine have one of the busiest dental offices in Boca Raton, but what I didn’t know until now was why. Not until they both went over and beyond the call of duty as dentists. They did it cheerfully and lovingly. It is nice to know that there are doctors who can still be like neighbors. Larry and Maxine Sindledecker set a good example of what being a good doctor means.