CHAPTER 1: A New Hope
Part 1: (introduction to the office)
Finding a good dentist is like finding a good friend. It takes time and effort. However, it is well worth it in the long run because you have a trusted person to whom you can go to for your needs. Such was the case here where I was recommended to see Dr. Reza and his staff since my previous dentist had moved out of town. Well, so far so good and though I am starting out on this new dental journey as a new patient, the long-term results are promising. This dental office has some of the nicest, and professional people that I have ever experienced with ANY medical provider, which is great. Additionally, you can tell that there is care and detail for each individual situation, which in my view is part of the culture of any office, and culture is set by its leader, Dr. Reza.
All that said, the only reason I'm giving it four stars (instead of five FOR NOW), is that I am just starting out my dental care with them. Based on everything I have experienced so far, I know that five stars will be easily met when more 'involved' stuff will occur. Maybe there's a way to get feedback after every visit?
In any case, I don't usually say this, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing my dentist regularly!
Keep up the great work, Dr. Reza and staff!
Part 2: (getting work done...)
OK, now that I've seen Dr. Reza & staff for a few appointments, I am going to change my review to FIVE STARS! From the initial appointment, to text reminders, to overall disposition, care and concern for patients, this place is great...and they are willing to brave the inclement weather to be there for you (there was a snowstorm at the time of this review). If you are in need of a dentist, then stop looking and just call them to make an appointment. You won't be disappointed.
CHAPTER 2: The Infection Strikes Out
Part 1: (Let's restore the core)
It's time for restorative work and so to make a long story short...Dr. Reza, Lee, Jill, and Jasmine were all great. Had the more intensive part of the treatment plan done and of course there is a healing period, but regardless, what I really like about this team is that they tell you step by step what is going to happen, like a 'play by play' announcer in sports-- I appreciate that! Many dentists just do their work and don't 'involve' the patient but this small technique of communicating during the procedure can make anyone feel at ease. Additionally, the reminders via text and email are really appreciated. So far so good!...
Part 2: (One offs and spin offs)
As the healing from the most intensive part of work begins (remember, it is a long process). Additional work on a few "one offs" begins in earnest. Addressing small tidbits here and there are like the "made for TV" spin-off series that happen due in part to the "main" storyline that happens in movies. The key of course, is continuing with the canon/greater narrative going on which are like 'set-ups' for the dramatic conclusion...
CHAPTER 3: Return of the Crown
Part 1a: (A dentist inspired diet)
This 'healing period' can indeed be a waiting game, usually for several weeks, and along with it, a temporary change in diet, starting with soft foods first (think soup and oatmeal). Since a change in diet is for the time being, foods which usually don't make the daily cut have become more interesting and are now part of the repertoire-- all because of my dentist! More to come in a few weeks.
Part 1b: (The post with the most)
As I've gained insight into the lexicon of dentistry, a "healing abutment," is in essence, a placeholder or cover over an implant site that helps in gum healing. A quick check reveals they are indeed working, in a rapid fashion, much like how Wolverine regenerates quickly (oops, different cinematic universe). One evening though, one of those abutments had come undone, to which the need for immediate treatment emerged. Uneventful, the placing back of the abutment was as simple as putting a loose screw back into place and all was right with the world once again.
Part 2a: (Is this real or is it fantasy?)
The day of finality for the treatment plan has come and the months of preparation and healing have come to this moment...BUT WAIT...there's a power outage just as the 'show' is about to begin. Think of this like the date of the opening premiere of the movie being pushed back a few weeks...so we wait...
Part 2b: (This is it...make no mistake where you are...)
Let's try it again. Take 2. Mulligan. Do over. Bonus round...Whatever the analogy is, the day has come when the treatment (at least for this saga) is completed. Back in the chair and the now familiar view of ceiling grates over the fluorescent lights and fit of the dark sports sunglasses that accompany the experience. It's time to celebrate. "Now that this treatment plan is done, what are you going to do now?" I am asked...My response..."I'm going to Disneyland!" (really, I am....but first a hygiene/cleaning).
EPILOGUE (aka, "The post-credit scene")
The story you have read is all true. Details (and there's much more) have been left out for brevity. The lesson from all this is to never neglect your dental health. For many, the delay in seeing a dentist is simply because there are so many (good) choices that it becomes too hard to choose. Remember Toys R Us? Rows and rows of choices of toys made it overwhelming. While dentists are much more important than toys (hey, is there a dentist action figure?), just pick one, because the best dentist is the one that you go to regularly.
I've found that best dentist, and his name is Dr. Reza.
In a way, choosing a dentist i