Well, no longer. I found a dentist in Fayetteville, not far from Peachtree City, who is fantastic! Just as with my previous Mexican Dentist experience, this dentistry office gave me an "Ultrasonic" cleaning...which is HEAVENLY. Instead of picking at your teeth with little scrapers, the entire cleaning is done with water, is completely painless, and just as effective. LOVE IT.
Dr. Magdy Attia (Egyptian in descent...and has a VERY interesting life history/biography you can read online here) then pulled out the mouth camera (just as my Mexican dentist had!), and showed me my teeth. Time to get some work done.
And here's the fun part...he then pulled out a Waterlase machine, which means that he was able to do an embarrassing number of fillings in a fraction of the time it would have normally take (only 45 minutes!). Waterlase accomplishes the same thing as a dental drill, but is a handheld laser device with water, that magically (in my opinion!) removes all of the cavities without actually drilling, or coming in physical contact with your teeth. I got nearly 10 fillings with absolutely no numbing, no drilling, and almost no pain (except for an occasional pinprick sensation).
The hardest part of it all was having to keep my mouth open for the entire procedure...which left my jaw aching for days. I have been told by Dr. Attia that I am a grinder (Yikes! I would like to consider it more of a "clencher"...but I suppose it has the same effect), and that I am slowly destroying my teeth. He even showed me lateral cracks in my teeth that are a result of this nighttime habit. Oh no! (How come no other dentist has mentioned this problem since High School, when I had to bring up this concern with my childhood Orthodontist?)
He told me I needed to get a "Night Guard", which costs $350 (ouch!), and I would wear at night to keep my teeth separated (consider it a clear retainer...fun, huh?). I agree with him that I absolutely need it...but after doing some research at home, I discovered I can order a lab-direct Night Guard (just like the one he offers in his office) for about $60, plus shipping. $350? I don't think so. But $60? Now, I can handle that!!
And that is my Dentist story for 2010. If you haven't experienced an Ultra Sonic cleaning...find a dentist in your area who DOES IT. Seriously...even if you love your tried-and-true dentist, believe me...you will PREFER an Ultra Sonic cleaning, So...find a new dentist...or ask your dentist to start offering it!!!
Also, if you need work done...don't settle for painful drills...find a Waterlase Dentist (only about 6% of dentists are currently offering this technology...but hopefully, someday every dentist will get trained, and offer it). You will thank yourself!! I'm so glad I happened to find the best dentist in the Peachtree City and Fayetteville area!!