Dr. Alex Hecht is a restorative and cosmetic dentist who has been practicing more than 30 years. After exploring aesthetic dentistry techniques, Dr. Hecht became interest into dental implants. He was at the forefront of restorative technology including a CAT Scan. He works with his son, Dr. Jason Hecht.
Dr. Alex Hecht: Back in the '80's, '90's I was practicing more or less like
most other dental practices. In time that got to be a little boring for me
because there was nothing new happening. And I guess, maybe 1995 to the
year 2000, all of a sudden there was this big boom in aesthetic dentistry.
Everybody was doing aesthetic dentistry.
And, of course, I got on that band wagon, also. I took a whole bunch of
continuing education courses, and I started to do laminates. And I started
advertising that we do laminates. And in the '95 to 2000 time, when there
was a real big economic boom, there were literally hundreds and hundreds of
laminate cases that we were doing in the practice here.
It came to a point where not a day passed where I was either prepping or
placing the laminate case. And when the economy sort of bottomed out,
people weren't doing them anymore. That was the time when I started
getting interested in gin-technology, placing implants. So I started
taking courses on implant placement and luckily right around that time is
when the CAT Scan machines made specifically for dentistry came into being.
I was one of the first few offices on Staten Island that owned a CAT Scan
machine. Here together with my son, Jason, who'll be talking, I consider
him to be very quickly, five years since he's out of his residency, I
consider him to be as well qualified as I am because we treat essentially
all cases together. We consider each other equal, and it's a very nice
thing to be able to discuss cases together. So we bounce all the cases off
Dr. Jason Hecht: It's like I have a fast forward button in the world of
dentistry. I have behind me someone with 30, 35 years of experience in the
dental field. In addition to all the technical knowledge, I additionally
learned customer care that he has such a strong, natural understanding for.
He actually came from New York at a young age, around 11 years old. And
from the time he came to this country he hit the ground running in all
areas of customer care and customer satisfaction related fields. He was a
florist, a watch maker, a caterer, a videographer, a photographer. What I
gathered from all those various jobs he had since 11 years old, he really
learned how to take a customer's wants and needs and really deliver to
them, deliver what they ask for and deliver it on time in a way that they
just become satisfied.
And he, of course, brought that knowledge and experience over to dentistry.
There's a huge value in the end results we find with our patients.
Basically, yes, we create new teeth for them. Yes, we create new smiles
for them. Yes, we create the ability for them to chew. But really what it
is it's not too much about the teeth. It's about their new outlook on
life, that they had this thing in their mouth weighing down on them for
years and years and years that just affected every aspect of their life.
It's also one of the reasons that additionally, I got into dentistry in the
first place because around the time that I was of the age to look into a
career, my father was just getting into these full mouth implant
And in the little bit of time that I would come here and volunteer,
assisting him and seeing the reactions from the patients and seeing how
their lives have been changed from having the implant work done, I saw that
dentistry wasn't just about doing fillings and doing some cleanings and
things like that. But it's about transforming lives.