THE EXTRACTION

I hate going to the Dentist. It was never a pleasant experience for me. When I retired, I lost my dental insurance but that really didn’t bother me as I hadn’t any plans to see a dentist. Three or four years ago, when I still had insurance, my tooth started hurting like it was going to need a root canal. I’m pretty good at identifying the different pains my body has had so I made an appointment with the dentist I had been using. I told him what I thought and he looked in my mouth for about 20 seconds and said “No, you need a crown.” He then started drilling, scraping, and shaping the tooth  and stopped and said “Ya know, I think you need a root canal.” He had his technician make up a temporary crown and then referred me to another dentist because he did not do root canal procedures. Needless to say, I was quite angry. I never went back to him nor did I go to the dentist he referred me to. The “temporary crown” held up until last night when it broke into pieces. Great. Now what was I gonna do? I didn’t know any dentists in my area but I sure needed one to take care of my problem. The tooth started to hurt – like it had three years of not hurting to make up for.

A while back, my wife got a flyer in the mail from Canyon Vista Dental Care, located at 110 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ. Wise woman that she is, she filed it with her myriad of miscellaneous stuff. She handed it to me and said “Call ’em.” So I did. I called just before 11:00 AM thinking I probably would not get an appointment until Monday (this was a Friday). To my surprised relief they told me to come in at 1:00 PM this same day! The lady on the telephone was quite pleasant. She did not snicker too loudly when I told her of my “temporary crown” but that was my own doing so I couldn’t blame her.

I get to the office, fill out some forms with my personal information and then I sat there and waited. All of about six or seven minutes. They called me in and took me to one of their treatment areas. I had about a ten minute wait there but that time was well used by a preliminary exam and X-Rays done by the dental hygienist, Heather. Very soon after that, Dr. Standage came in and introduced himself. One must keep in mind I am 70 years old. Dr. Standage looked like one of my son’s friends when he was just a young child. I said a silent prayer that he had done well in Dental College. The Dr. discussed my options with me and I opted to have the tooth extracted. Heather and Tom, another dental hygienist, proceeded to numb the area in and around the tooth.

The procedure begins. Dr. Standage, armed with an array of what appeared to me to be medieval torture devices, started the extraction. That old tooth did not want to budge. The Doctor continued his efforts from a variety of angles – never hurting me once I might add – and the tooth finally loosened. I could feel it let go. It still did not want to come completely out though. It took him another 15 minutes or so before the tooth let go completely and painlessly came out. He really had to work at it and I have to say it was the most painless tooth extraction I have ever had.

Heather gave me some gauze pads to slow and stop any bleeding and Dr. Standage gave me a prescription for antibiotics to prevent any infection. In a little over and hour I was done and on my way home.

Why am I telling you this? Because I know that there is another person out there who hates going to the dentist as much as I do. I know that he or she fears them and has little if any trust in them. I know that if they give Canyon Vista Dental Care a try they will be glad they did. Incidentally, I am not being paid to write this review. I was moved to write it by the good service and professional care they gave me. Why not give them a try when that foreboding realization that you need a dentist becomes apparent to you. Their telephone number is 480-982-0782 and you can find them on the Internet at http://www.CanyonVistaDentalCare.com

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