OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Several years ago, Dr. Pallotto and his dental team spent time together to develop a mission statement. Each person in our office contributed to this philosophy and, years later, we still adhere to its principles. "Our purpose, as a dental team, is to provide the best quality dental care to our patients, our family and our friends. With caring and understanding, we strive to deliver this treatment as gently as possible. We want to help our patients achieve excellent oral health, with the goal of a lifetime of smiles with natural teeth. We take pride in our profession."
We try hard to be on time - to avoid making you wait. Accordingly, we do not schedule large numbers of patients in each time slot. We reserve a reasonable amount of time for each patient visit. We realize that your time is very important, especially in today's busy society. Many dental offices are undertaking HMO and PPO insurance contracts that encourage a large volume of patients. Dr. Pallotto has chosen not to participate in these programs and he has decided to continue to offer individualized dental care, focusing on the needs of individuals rather than on the requirements of insurance companies. This allows us the time to listen to your questions, rather than rushing you through an appointment. If you have additional questions at the end of a procedure, we encourage you to ask them. If you have a question for Dr. Nick, you can call or email him at any time. We try to be a "user friendly" office, in spite of the hustle and bustle of modern technology that seems to speed everything into the fast forward mode.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
Dr. Pallotto is committed to excellence in dentistry. We use the highest quality dental materials, the best dental supplies available, and superior laboratories. We have found that restorations, if done well, will stand the test of time. Some dentists, feeling pressured by high-volume insurance contracts, feel the need to cut corners. Unfortunately, it is difficult for the consumer-patient to evaluate their dental treatment. Often, if it doesn't hurt afterwards, the patient assumes it is OK. However, if dental treatment is rushed or if sub-standard materials are used, the work will not last very long and often it can lead to more serious dental problems. In our office, Dr. Pallotto uses high-powered magnification for dental treatment. This allows us to see disease that would not be detected by ordinary vision and to make excellent dental restorations.
Is this dentistry expensive? Initially, yes it does cost more than HMO dentistry. But, over the test of time, excellent dentistry is actually less costly. Quality products, including dental restorations, will last longer and be less expensive in the long run than inferior products purchased initially for less money. Would you rather buy a television set that lasts ten years and pay a little more, or buy one that is less expensive and breaks down just as soon as the two-year warranty expires? We've all had those experiences. What value do you place on your mouth? How important is your smile to you? Does your dentist do an oral cancer exam and gum disease screening each time you are in for a check-up? Does your dentist use magnification? Does your dentist use a quality lab? Does your dentist take the extra time with you to answer "all" of of you questions sincerely? Every patient has the right to ask questions and receive quality explanations.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
It is unethical for dentists or physicians to provide warranties on their treatment. However, we stand behind our work. Therefore, our promise to you is that we will repair or replace any fixed restoration (crown, onlay, or fixed bridge) at no charge for one year as long as you adhere to your recommended schedule of continuing care. In other words, if you keep current with your check-up appointments and follow our preventive instructions, we will honor this promise. Patients who do not floss or brush as they have been instructed, or who do not come in for their check-ups as scheduled, must assume personal responsibility for any problems that may occur.
A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
Dr. Pallotto would like each dental visit to be a positive experience for you. We want you to feel that you are getting what you pay for and then some. Most of our patients are so enthusiastic about our services, that they often refer their family, friends and neighbors to us. Over 95% of our new patients are referred by word-of-mouth. Most of our patients have developed long term friendships with Dr. Nick and his team. It is enjoyable to visit with our friends, seeing them again and again as the years go by. Give us a call: we would love to meet you.