Well, to be honest, I made that up. I like the way it sounds. I'm sure you've heard of practices that focus on Cosmetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Pain-free Dentistry, and many other descriptive terms.

I think Personal Dentistry describes our office, and I think our patients would agree. 

Personal Dentistry means, to me, that our patients are recognized as individuals. They're not patient files; they're not insurance accounts; they are people, and they're our patients. Our office isn't exactly like the Boston bar on the old show Cheers where "everybody knows your name," (and we don't serve beer) but it is a friendly place, we do greet our patients by name, and we like to get to know them.

Which brings me to another important aspect of Personal Dentistry.

We take our time with each patient. When you're in the exam room, I'm focused on you. Not on playing beat the clock to get you out of the chair as soon as possible, so I can move on to the next patient.

In fact, I think - and Dr. Bahm agrees - that taking the proper time with each patient is so important, we don't kowtow to the insurance companies' suggestions that a cleaning should take 20 minutes and an exam should take less than 10. We take as much time as we need to do a thorough job. 

After all, we work for our patients - not their insurance companies. Providing each patient with the right treatment, at the right time, is always our goal. 

Those are some of the most important aspects of what "Personal Dentistry" means to me. If you have any questions about our office, our capabilities, our fees, your insurance coverage, are concerned about some tooth pain or mouth discomfort, worry that an old filling might be coming loose, or anything else, please call our office at 716-622-3240.  We're dedicated to giving you the best information we can, over the phone and in person.

Come to think about it, patient education is another important aspect of Personal Dentistry. I'm sure I'll have more to say about this later. In the meantime, I hope to see you - personally, not just on Facebook! - and I'd love to know what Personal Dentistry means to you.