Nero D. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)
Almost a year has passed since I’ve been able to smile and feel like everyone else . My front left tooth (or tooth number 9 I learned) was broken one night when I was assaulted walking home in San Francisco . I woke up in the hospital after suffering serious trauma to my brain , stitches from the top of my bottom lip to the inside of the bottom of my chin , bruised ribs , a bloody leg and a broken front tooth . I was not sure what to do , I felt alone and sad and also very confused , why would anyone do this to someone ? When I looked in the mirror I just felt like I had done something wrong and it was my fault . Every time I would seek help , it just seemed harder and harder to find . I went to numerous dental clinics in the SF Bay Area but they either had an extremely long wait or their price range was just out of my field . I essentially just gave up and began accepting the fact that I would probably live with this broken face or get what was left of my tooth removed , I had lost all hope . Luckily my job required me to get a check up on my dental one last time before we went on the job and so it began . I was nervous at first from my previous experiences and I thought that they were surely going to tell me something I’d heard before , and I’m glad I was completely wrong . Dr. Soto called me into his office and immediately began taking X-rays and analyzing the situation that was my mouth . He asked me what had happened and I told him a little bit because I was just jaded and didn’t want to open up to almost anyone . “When you walk out of here on Monday we will take care of this root canal and you will walk out with a tooth.” I didn’t know what to feel when he said that and for the first time in a long time I felt excitement again . That following Monday I showed up to Dr. Soto and Dr. Abby’s clinic where the process began . I was amazed at how fast and clean the root canal looked before on the X-rays , their work compared to the Bay Area doctors looked like art in my eyes . The best past was that whenever I felt even the slightest of pain , Dr. Soto or Dr. Abby would just make it go away . Long story short and I know it sounds like I’m rambling but that Monday I did walk out with an improved root canal , an infection cleaned and cured and a TOOTH ! I really couldn’t find the words to thank them all , not just Dr. Soto and Dr. Abby but the entire team as well as Dental 32 for my tooth . I’m sticking to my word and if I ever need any REAL dental work I’m flying back here to Texas . Again thank you all so much and every single time I smile it’s thanks to all of you I wish I could give more . The memories that I choose to carry with me are few , but the ones that I do are of the moments and the people that make me feel safe and warm in my heart , I will always carry you with me wherever I go . Thanks so much and I send you hugs .