How to find the best dentist to maintain healthy teeth?
Search for a dentist on the internet.
“Hey, this dentist office, McAdams Dental sounds good! He has many good reviews, and patients sound very happy with this dentist. We can go to this dentist for our regular check!”
My husband and I have been searching for a good dentist since we became disappointed with our previous dentist.
My previous dentist was okay, but …
My previous dentist was okay, but he told us we need to replace all silver fillings and deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) for me.
I have to admit that I did not brush my teeth enough during the last two years because I was too busy with my school work, yet I was wondering, “Do I really need to replace all silver fillings and have deep cleaning?” I asked the dentist about the “deep cleaning.” He did not give me an explanation. Instead, he said, “Here is a leaflet. You should read it at home, and you can find the information you need.” I did, but the leaflet did not tell me what I wanted to know. I needed to Google it 😦
“Your husband has good insurance so that the amount of your personal payment will not be so large,” the dental office clerk smiled and handed me an estimation. It showed my payment would be about $1,100.
If I really needed the total care, I would not hesitate to spend the money, but the question is whether the replacement and deep cleaning is necessary or not.
I came from Japan. Silver alloy filling is standard and covered by National Health Insurance in Japan. The amount of personal payment is about $11-18 for a tooth.
My dentist in Japan didn’t tell me “all fillings should be replaced due to their age,” instead, he said, “You need learn how to brush your teeth.” Then, a dental hygienist instructed me on the right way of brushing for 10 minutes by using a tooth brush.
“You can decide when you come here next week for the second half of your regular cleaning,” she added.
“What? My regular cleaning was not done yet!?”
This was the first time that my husband and I were told to return to a dentist for regular cleaning in a week. I told her, “I am sorry, but I need to check my schedule. I will call you later,” and left.
Wonderful hygienist is the key.
McAdams Dental did not disappoint us. The reviews, which my husband found on the internet, were right, “friendly and caring,” I thought when I had a cleaning from Jaime.
My dental hygienist, Jaime McAdams is a nice and quiet-spoken person. I was a bit nervous because of my bad experience with my last hygienist. My last hygienist was also nice, but she did not care even when my face was terribly wet an water was running from my mouth all the time. Her technique was not polished. Although she was wearing a head light, an overhead light was directed into my eyes and was too bright.
On the other hand, my new hygienist never splashed water on my face, gently removed tartar from my teeth, and cautiously clean my teeth. I was very impressed by her skill. I did not feel any pain at all!
“You are the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had since I moved to the U.S.!” I honestly told her.
“Really!? I am very glad to hear that!” Her lovely smile was as pretty as a picture.
“I would love to write about you in my blog, Jaime. Can I take your photo?”
Unique background of the dentist makes McAdams Dental unique.
Actually, her husband, Don McAdams, is the dentist and owner of McAdams Dental. His unique educational background, “Civil Engineering degree from Montana State University and earned his Professional Engineers license” interested my husband, who is a technician at a big company.
“An engineer’s perspective” surely attracted both my husband and I.
My husband said, “We will have all our fillings replaced if it is necessary, but we are not sure if we really needed. We don’t want to have over treatment just because our insurance pays. We also do not care about cosmetic dental care, but we want to know the best materials for our teeth that are comfortable and long-lasting . My old dentist recommended Porcelain fillings, but I am not sure if that is the best material. What do you think?”
Dr. McAdams said, “I don’t think it is necessary to replace all silver fillings. You may want two and your wife may want to replace three. From a cosmetic view point, Porcelain looks nice, but it does not last as long as other materials.” Don replied after careful examination of both our teeth and X-ray results.
When I asked about filling materials, Jaime suggested gold for my crown, She said Gold last longer and matches the tooth hardness better than other materials when you chew food .”
“Ah, but it must be expensive, isn’t it?” I said.
She estimated and reported the cost immediately. Surprisingly, it was not more expensive compared to other materials. I decided to use gold for my teeth.
Overall, my husband and I were very happy with McAdams Dental. It was worth it to drive 40 minutes!
On the way home, my husband told me that Don checked for signs of oral cancer with an x-ray and actually he found it in one of his patients. “I think we finally found our dentist!” he smiled.
If you want to visit McAdams Dental, here is the information for you 🙂
10214 North Tatum Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Oops, I almost forgot to report about deep cleaning. Jaime said, “You don’t need to have deep cleaning. Your gum is very healthy now. You really did a good job!”
Yes, I have worked very hard to clean my teeth by using an electric toothbrush and floss since I was told I would need deep cleaning by my previous dentist! 🙂