Staff Spotlight on Millie Way

In 1977, a young woman named Mildred Way accepted a dental assisting position for Dr. Ron Berghoff at his home/office on First Avenue in Gloversville.  Having dedicated her life to raising her three children, Millie decided it was time to get out of the house and return to work.  It wasn’t long before she moved to the position of Office Manager for this small practice and for 22 years she greeted every patient with a smile.  In October of 1999, Dr. Berghoff announced to his staff that he had sold his practice to a group of dentist’s from Saratoga Springs.   Millie embraced this transition as the home/office was transformed into a modern dental practice.  Millie was instrumental in making the transition so successful.  Her warm smile and incredible relationship with all the patients provided stability in a time of change.  Millie is more than an office manager she is the heart of the office; friend and mother to both staff and patients.

This December, Millie will have been with the practice for a remarkable 35 years.  Under her guidance, she has watched the office continue to grow, expanding our services to the community.  Millie’s influence is present in every aspect of the office, she is loved by the patients, staff and dentists.  Millie has always treated the practice as if it were her own, she has dedicated herself to making sure her patients have received the best possible care. Millie is a true patient advocate.

When Millie’s not at work, you certainly won’t find her sitting still.  Millie and her husband, Bob, enjoy kayaking, scuba diving, camping and they always look forward to escaping to their home in Florida.  On October 23rd, Millie and her husband celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.  They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren, they are the core of her life and everything else revolves around them.

Millie is a special person.  Anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing her or working with her will sing her praises.  Our practice is lucky to have her at our core, hopefully for many more years to come.

Can You Spot the Tooth with the Crown?

Many times in dentistry the need arises to crown or cap a front tooth.  Extensive decay, previous trauma, root canal treatment or cosmetic improvements are just a few of the common reasons a crown may be recommended by your dentist.   Patient’s are typically concerned that the crowns will be bulky and obvious.  Many times we hear our patient’s say; “My coworker has a crown and it’s all gray at the gum and looks dead” or “My friend has crowns and they look too big for her mouth”.  In all of our offices, our dentists strive to deliver realistic, natural and beautiful restorations.

So, the question is, which tooth has the crown in the photo shown above?  Actually, this patient is wearing three crowns (her right front tooth, lateral tooth and canine tooth, as indicated by the red arrows in the photo below).   All three of these teeth had suffered trauma in the past and needed root canal therapy as a result.  This was an exceptionally challenging case because the patient did not wish to change the look of her other natural teeth.  Therefore, the restorations needed to blend the restored right side of her mouth with the natural left side without the appearance of any asymmetry.  In order to achieve this goal, it means more than matching the shade of the tooth, it also means matching the shape, the emergence profile, the characterization of each tooth to match the opposite side perfectly.  This case was completed over three years ago and still looks perfect today, notice the excellent gum health.



If you or someone you know is avoiding needed dental treatment, come and talk with our caring and professional staff.  We understand your concerns and are here to help.  We strive to deliver beautiful, healthy, painless and functional restorations.  Health and beauty can be achieved together.   We are your Family Dentist.

 All photos published to this blog are actual patients of Saratoga Springs Dentists. This cases were completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd.