We are happy to see all patients and strive to treat all with a Christian compassion. It certainly is not glamorous cleaning a patient's teeth who has not seen a dentist in 15 years. You can look at the pictures below if you like (I don't intend to gross anyone out..but hey this is my world!) Cleaning teeth with heavy calculus is appropriately like knocking barnacles off the bottom of an old fishing boat that has been docked for years. But I have no choice but to put on my eye shield, mask, gown, gloves, and go to work.
This patient (you can see the before and after picture) was not at all aware his teeth needed to be cleaned. He had not seen a dentist in 20 years. As we proceeded to cavitron off all the calculus attached to his lower incisors he commanded us to stop. He thought we were removing part of his teeth with the ultrasonic shaking and water spray of the cavitron . We continued after some reassurance. As you can see now he has gums that are exposed to light for the first time in decades.
Sometimes its easy to want to quit as a dentist or call in for some help! Often times I doing many things I would rarely do as a dentist back in the United States including taking x-rays, filing, scheduling, and cleaning teeth.