Yesterday, Dr. Schmidt finished removing my leaky amalgam fillings in my upper left quadrant. Last week he did the lower right and two weeks before that, the lower left. He replaced them with state-of-the-art composites and ceramics. My teeth look great now. He also built the most remarkable brux guard for my lower teeth that has been crafted for me and can be adjusted as we do work on my teeth.
My friend Adam told me about Dr. Schmidt at Pacific Spirit Dental Centre. I am really grateful that he did. I have never met a dentist as committed to communicating and teaching in the way he does. All you have to do to get a sense of his commitment to dentistry is to look at the amount of valuable information on his website. After my first assessment last October, he sent a long e-mail describing what he saw and a recommended course of treatment for the long-term maintenance of my teeth. That was really amazing.
What really has made him stand out is his curiosity about my facial pain and the thought he put into it before the cause of my pain was diagnosed. By working through a differential diagnosis together, we both realized in early November that the pain was most likely from the MS and ‘somebody’ would need to look at the MRI closely in order to see it. That’s what happened after I was finally seen at the MS Clinic.
When you are in the office, sitting in the chair, Dr. Schmidt pulls up photos and x-rays of your teeth as you discuss procedures and plans. Having the visual tools is so valuable. While you are getting work done, they take photos to submit to your insurance company to help with your claim.
Dr. Schmidt has a great team of people in his office. They do their own lab work, so if you need a crown, they can do the whole procedure in one visit, instead of having you leave with a temporary crown and come back in to place a crown that is made at another facility. The admin people are really nice and helpful with any questions you have.
When I took this photo yesterday, I promised I would say nice things. It’s easy to say nice things when you feel grateful for thoughtful, kind and professional care.