I had not been to a dentist since 2002. I had 1 tooth that broke in half and I was able to get an appointment that day.
Upon arriving at his office, I had a bit of apprehension, as it was in a strip mall next to a tanning salon and a PC Computer shop; I was thinking “What am I getting into here?” I saw his picture when it was sent to me from 1-800 dentists, and saw this young guy. What could a guy only 4 years out of graduating know?
Well, I was wrong. Here is how I was proven wrong.
His staff is very nice and young and pleasant when greeting you upon entering his office. My wait times for the 3 visits to take care of my issues, was short and on time into the chair. His office at first was unsuspecting, it seemed to clean, too fresh, and too new looking to even feel like a dentist office. With 2 flat screens /T.V.s (one being on the ceiling!) which is a good distraction from what is going on in your mouth. All his equipment is state of the art, modern looking and new and well cared for and clean.
It was discovered I needed a Root Canal on the tooth (which had an abscess at the base of the root), as well as issues on another one (it was getting ready to go the same way was well), and 3 cavities on 2 other teeth. Needless to say, I was a bit afraid of the possibilities of what was coming. A past dentist told me 2 of my teeth would need to be replaced with implants, but Dr. Diab was able to remove the abscessed bone and do a root canal on the tooth. Dr. Diab explained I have tooth roots, 10% deeper than most people, and a high bone density (when I asked what the sound I was hearing from one of the machines when he was working on me). After 3 and a half hours of having to deal with my neglect (as well as I had been ignoring the pain, I had done and endured for the last 9 years) I walked out with a totally new look as to treatment. I had been in the past treated by older more established dentists (most who were in their 50's and 60's). But this has made me reevaluate my thinking. Older Dentists = Older Techniques. Not to mention some with poor chairside manners using older equipment.
Dr. Diab being relatively new (compared to those who in the past worked on my teeth) brings to the table a new feel for patients as to how modern dentistry is supposed to be, as well as newer approaches. Dr. Diab was able to do a Root Canal and a Crown (as well as 2 filling on the 3 cavities), saving me the pain, money and time to heal. He explained what he was doing as he went on with the procedures. At one point even explained and shown to me the crown (when I asked) what it looked like and how it was going to stay on and afterwards, showed to me the cast of my mouth that the crown was based off of.
With no cavities and the pain from the procedures also gone, which only lasted 2 to 3 days pending which visit) I can say I am very pleased with the results, and glad to have found a new dentist, who I am looking forward to seeing again, who completely changed my mind and proved my previous thoughts on dentists wrong.