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Recovery, and a New Dentist

MAY 29, 2020 • 2 MIN READ

It's been a week and a few days since my girlfriend had her wisdom tooth 'extracted'. It was an extraction more like what one would expect from Medieval times, but extracted nonetheless. I wrote a full story about it here. And also a business review here.

This post is a follow up about what's been going on this past week.

This week Zuzka has been in pain. Decreasing pain, but in pain. She has had a few sleepless nights with the pain keeping her up. It's been managed with ibuprofen. She's able to eat soft, solid food now, but very carefully as the site is still tender.

I spent considerable time researching a new dentist, because we've vowed to never again visit Dr. Pain. I found a dentist on the Internet who had a number of great reviews. They were the kind of reviews you could tell were honest. The reviews were something like, "I was so impressed with the dentist's care, no longer do I have to fear the dentist. It's amazing to find a dentist who actually cares about you".

Okay, that sounded like something for us.

By the way, there were lots of reviews for other dentists that weren't so kind. Do your research.

So I figured it would be months before we could see such a dentist. I called for an appointment. Surprisingly, they were able to schedule an appointment exactly when we needed it.

Zuzka was really scared to go see the dentists. Her fear is completely understandable, as her recent experience with Dr. Pain was horrible.

I kept telling her about the reviews, and also to make sure to tell the dentist about her recent experience and to be extra careful during the examination.

On the day of the appointment, we arrived early because that's how my girlfriend rolls. The dentist called us on time.

She checked in, and went back to his exam room. She was finished in 15 minutes relieved and happy. She said the dentist was very nice, kind and cared about her. He was extra careful with her which is what she wanted. He removed the stitches, gave her instructions and told her it would take about three months to completely heal.

Three months! Wow.

We were really happy that the first experience with the new dentist was terrific. This is exactly what we wanted. After we have a few more visits with the new dentist, I'll write a review about them. So far, so good. I think the main point here is there are good dentists and crappy dentists. If you are with a crappy dentist you can easily change.

We were charged for the exam. The dentist apologized because had we had the extraction done there, then the follow up would have been free. The follow up probably would have been free with Dr. Pain as well, but we vote with our money. In my book, the cost of dental care runs a distant second to the care you actually receive.

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