How Hope Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry came about…
Since graduating from dental school in 1993, Dr. Cha’s dream was to become a world class cosmetic dentist. In 1997, Dr Cha formed Tulsa Cosmetic Dental Center and started serving Tulsa area providing cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Many years of practicing dentistry had taken toll on his body. In 2008, after a long dental procedure, Dr Cha had ruptured two spinal discs. Immediately, Dr Cha was seen by a physician. However, the physician misdiagnosed Dr Cha’s condition as an acute muscle pain and administered pain medication and sent Dr Cha home. When the pain medication had worn off in the early morning hours, Dr Cha found himself not being able walk, nor feel his lower body. He was seen by the spinal doctor in the morning and was operated on.
The operating doctor gave diagnose of “cauda equina syndrome’, a serious condition where the spinal cord suffers permanent nerve damage from the disc fragments compressing on the spinal cord and the spinal cord suffocates. After 3 weeks of heavy steroid treatment, the physician dismissed Dr Cha from the hospital with 25% chance of complete recovery.
This was a very dark period in Dr Cha’s life. After a period of uncertainty whether he can go back to work and continue his career as a dentist. Dr Cha realized that in the darkest hour, he just need a hope… A hope of better future… A hope of recovery…
Dr. Cha found his hope in the word Isaiah 53:5 “And by His stripes we are healed.”
In 2009, Dr Cha changed his clinic name to Hope Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, where the mission of the clinic is to restore patients hopes and dreams by restoring broken down oral health to a beautiful healthy smile.