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Old 04-11-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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I am having a hard time finding a dentist that I like. My latest experience this morning involved a 2 hour new patient appointment which ended with a very large quote for services needed. The hygenist refused to make an appointment for a cleaning as I have mild gingivitis and they require a special $450 deep cleaning before they will even consider a regular cleaning. This was on top of the $1175 quote for a crown and small filling that both need to be replaced. When I explained that I just couldn't afford over $1500 right now she shrugged and offered a payment plan. I practically begged her to clean my teeth as it's been 18 months since it's been done but she refused. Any advice? Anyone have a dentist that they feel is honest and not just interested in how much money a patient spends?
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I am having a hard time finding a dentist that I like. My latest experience this morning involved a 2 hour new patient appointment which ended with a very large quote for services needed. The hygenist refused to make an appointment for a cleaning as I have mild gingivitis and they require a special $450 deep cleaning before they will even consider a regular cleaning. This was on top of the $1175 quote for a crown and small filling that both need to be replaced. When I explained that I just couldn't afford over $1500 right now she shrugged and offered a payment plan. I practically begged her to clean my teeth as it's been 18 months since it's been done but she refused. Any advice? Anyone have a dentist that they feel is honest and not just interested in how much money a patient spends?
Wow, I need to watch this thread... unfortunately you have just captured the last 4 'new' dentist experiences I have had.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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I went to one and the hygienist basically chipped the back of my crown in the process of cleaning it. I thought she did it on purpose so her boss, the actual dentist, can charge for new work to be done, including a new crown. Need less to say I didn't go back to them and I'm living on a chipped crown. When my dental insurance at work changed to something they didn't accept, they didn't bother chasing me down. Good luck in finding an "honest" dentist down here...
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE my dentist, Dr. Rizvi. She's in Hunters Creek so I'm not sure how far you want to drive.

I started seeing a dentist on John Young and Sand Lake and he said I had 14 cavities. I hadn't been to the dentist in a while but I said ok, sure. I go for my first cleaning and the hygenist tells me I need a special toothpaste but didn't tell me it's going to be $40. I get to the front, completely numb, can't talk and go to check out. She gives me the amt, I pay and then after I get home I realize they charged me for the toothpaste. I call after I can talk and tell them I don't want it. Well because I took it out of the office, I had to keep it. The dentists wife was also a complete and total ***** so I decided to look around.

That's when I found Dr. Rizvi. First visit I go to see her and according to her I only have 5 cavities. Plus all the other things the first dentist found wrong, surprisingly weren't there. Right then and there I knew she was honest and wasn't in it just for the money. I had work done throughout the year and when I ran out of benefits, instead of charging me out of pocket, she fixed me enough to wait til the next year when my benefits would kick in to finish the work. Another plus that she's just not in it for the money.

Here is her website in case you're interested: Laila Rizvi, DMD - Dentist in Orlando, FL
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Winter Garden Dentist | BR Dental | Cosmetic Dentistry Winter Garden FL 34787

I have had extensive dental work done and am so glad I found Dr Ramski.

He's in Winter Garden. His staff is fantastic.
I don't know what his rates are without insurance. Hopefully you can work something our with them.

Good Luck...finding a dentist you both like and trust isn't easy.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Dr. David Harden. In the South Orlando area. Off of Oakwater Circle I think. Either him or one of his brothers. Great dentist.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Thank you, everyone, for your replies!
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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If you are still looking for a dentist, try Dr. James Sunshine. He is over by Fashion Square mall on Maquire Blvd. A pro and a nice guy.
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