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Torrie was very helpful arranging my first visit to Dr. Morales last September. I was planning to have all my teeth pulled, but he said 11 of the teeth on top were still okay and left them in. The conscious IV went very well. I didn't remember much of anything afterwards, thus the time went quickly. I remember getting out of the chair and acting goofy in the waiting room, but recovered quickly and no pain.
The one negative thing was the IV person gave me too much oxygen, and I had a very bad headache all that night and was not able to sleep. She said most people were in the 80's with o2 levels and mine was 97/98 at the start. She said it would go "over" 100 (don't know how that is possible). I asked her to keep it at 98 or below but she acted arrogant about me saying that, so I'm sure she ran it up high like with everyone. Anyway that would have been too much o2 for me and I'm sure that was the cause of my headache, also very dangerous to have all that excess oxygen -- not used -- in the blood! So that was the one negative thing, and nothing to do with Dr. Morales.
Overall the work was very good, and much better than I have had with the #1 rated dentist in this area of California, who over the past 12 years ruined my teeth, with all his blotched drilling, fillings that constantly came out, crowns that fell off, often within days or weeks of him putting them on, teeth cracking and falling apart under the crowns etc, and him always wanting to charge more money to fix them! Also he sent me at first, twelve years ago, to have a tooth pulled here -- I'm in central California -- and the guy who pulled it cracked the adjacent teeth! I could never again chew anything like carrots with them after that.
Thus, again, Dr. Morales did much better work, more quickly, more easily, with less pain, and less expensively than any dentist I have been to before. Also he has a very nice friendly manner with everyone. The office is very low key, which I like very much.
My second appointment was this June, to get the permanent partial for the top, and denture for the bottom. Thus was done by Edgar, the assistant dentist to Dr. Morales. Along with this there were a couple of fragments still in my lower gums that he removed. This went well, although Edgar is very rough and twice drove the tool into my gums. I yelled out and asked what he was hitting that gave me the pain. He said there is nothing there to give me any pain as the nerves were gone. But then a few minutes later he did it again. So I don't know what was going on there or maybe he has a sadistic sense of humor. He also filled a hole that the dentist here had left in the back of a crown. This went well too. I would say Edgar is very good at doing fillings.
The lower denture has a very impressively good fit to my gums. The chewing surface, however, is slanted, which is noticeable from the front, and my bite hits on the right side first, which lifts up the left for my teeth to fit evenly. He said he did this on purpose so my teeth would match the top (1/2 of which are missing). I don't understant that but have tried to file them evening since being at home. The top partial also fits very well, but one of the teeth came down lower like a fang. I filed it down some and it looks better.
I had asked previously the materials and was told they were Valplast. I later looked this up on the net. When I got home I noticed the upper partial was Valplast, but the bottom denture is something else, which is not valplast. It is some kind of plastic but I don't know what it is. It would be helpful to know what the materials are and let people know this before, and also if there is any change to tell people and let them know. It is a big thing to make trips and go through dental procedures. it is not a small thing at all. I feel Dr. Morales knows this. I am not sure about Edgar, i.e. his sense of humor etc, however he is also very friendly and perhaps that is just his efficiendy. However, before I left I had mentioned the bottom denture riding up and not being level. Edgar told me this was how it had to be, and thus he didn't do anything to correct it.
Overall, however, my experience with both Dr. Morales and Edgar, and every person in their staff, has always been very helpful to me and to everyone else I have seen who has gone there. Also they obviously have the respect of a lot of people from all over, as well as the people who live there. Their work is far better than the work done to me previously by the conventional dentists in this area, and I was and am much more at ease with Dr. Morales and his staff.
I personally recommend to see them, and they are my choice to go to for dentists, more than going to anyone else. And I prefer to not go to any dentist at all in the states, as I don't trust any dentist in the states whatsoever.
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