Kris M. from Philadelphia, PA (Source: Yelp)
I moved to Philly about a year and a half ago and have been using “I’m new to the city” as an excuse for that long to avoid seeing a dentist. I’d been seeing the same dentist for all my life up in North Jersey, and would try to make trips up there to see him because previous attempts at finding an equally reputable dentist by Glassboro (where I was living for four years up until I moved to Philly) had been nearly disastrous (money hungry, not gentle, poor advice, very outdated equipment, etc). But the two hour long trip to his office and his shorter hours were becoming convenient excuses for me not to go, so I decided I needed to stop being a baby and find a dentist in Philadelphia. I had pretty bad decay in my back top molars, and a previous dentist in South Jersey had highly recommended pulling them. The dentist from North Jersey (the one I’d seen all my life) was flabbergasted when I told him this, and insisted that they didn’t even need crowns, so pulling them was definitely not the way to go. I ended up having those teeth root canaled and resin done fillings on them (which are sort of a long term-temporary deal – I can have them like this for a few years, but will eventually need to have an “onlay” put in them). I’ll explain the importance of this detail in a minute. It had been two years since my last cleaning, so last week, I decided it was time to stop being a baby. I knew I had cavities in three teeth that needed fillings from the last time I’d gone to the dentist, and I had a feeling there might be one or two more teeth that may need attention. But when I started to do some research into local dentists, I saw in many reviews that dentists around here are too filling-happy (they say you have an inflated number of cavities, but when people get a second opinion, they would be told they had half as many or only one, etc.). That worried me. I quickly eliminated about half of the dentists I was considering because that feedback came up often in their reviews. I didn’t see any of that in the review of Mestichelli Barnes’s office, and they were three blocks away from me and had stellar reviews and credentials, so I decided to take the leap. The receptionist I spoke with was one of the nicest people I’ve ever spoken with – such a sweetheart! She found a cancellation that allowed me an appointment two days in the future at a time that worked perfectly for me. I went in and was brought back before I even finished my paperwork – very prompt. I don’t even think I was sitting in the waiting area for five minutes! The hygienist was also one of the most friendly people I’ve met. She even took me on a quick tour to show me the facility, which is very clean and attractive-looking, and filled with high-tech equipment. We finished up my paperwork and I walked her through my history and the situation with my molars, and she was x-raying me within 10 minutes of my arrival. She had a great “bedside” manner – she talked me through everything that was happening, which is a detail I think a lot of people will really appreciate. The x-rays are digital, so everything was immediately viewable. She then quickly got to work on my cleaning. As I mentioned, it had been two years since my last cleaning, and with the amount of sugar and coffee I ingest, I was worried it was going to be painful. However, she let me know I’ve been doing a pretty good job at keeping them clean, and there was just a little bit of buildup around the inside of my bottom front teeth. That part was a little uncomfortable, but not to her fault – it was overall the fastest and most gentle cleaning I’ve ever had, and was still very thorough. My teeth look great!! Dr. Mestichelli came in right after my cleaning to look at my x-rays. He echoed the opinion of my childhood dentist, that the onlays on the back molars were definitely the way to go, and also said that if they weren’t bothering me, he would recommend leaving them. What a relief! – I was worried a dentist was going to pressure me into getting the onlays put in immediately (which means more money for them) when the temporary resin fillings are holding up just fine. This is when it really was confirmed to me that I was really in good hands. He also said I only needed three fillings on the same teeth I’d known about, and we scheduled an appointment two weeks out for those fillings to be done. Overall, he was very informative and friendly. Overall, I can’t sing enough praises about this office. They were clean, friendly, accommodating, patient, and reassuring from beginning to end. I’d give them six stars if I could. Even if you’re a “fradey cat” like me when it comes to your teeth, please just bite the bullet (ha) and do it – you’ll be so glad you did. So thankful I found this place!