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Old 01-05-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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I just moved here a few months ago and recently went to a new dentist that advertises themselves as "cosmetic dentistry" and at my appt they "discovered" 3 fillings and I need 4 sealants. While they showed me the pictures of my teeth on a fancy TV monitor I didn't really know what I was looking at. I made the appts for the 3 fillings and 4 sealants (after they talked me into an expensive electric toothbrush and some expensive floride rinse-I almost bought the tongue cleaner but had to say no to that before going broke)...but now I am wondering if since they are a cosmetic dentist that they aren't kind of making up stuff for me to have done and maybe a more traditional dentist wouldn't want to do all the sealants. I have never had sealants in my life while I have had a lot of fillings, so I am ok with those. Does anyone have any opinions on this? Should I get a second opinion? My insurance doesn't cover a lot of this. Any input would be appreciated!
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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get a second opinion and don't waste money on sealants
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the input Mike! I appreciate it!
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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I agree go to a regular dentist. I can recommend Friendly Smiles, I know several ppl who have gone to them.
Friendly Smiles Dental Care - Tampa, Fl- Welcome
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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Thanks, Keeper, Friendly Smiles isn't too far away from me.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I once had an "Aesthetic" Dentist, and i heard the same things...seemed like everytime ai went to get a cleanign al they told me about is what more they could do to make me 'perfect'...well I had good teeth, went to see antoher regualr dentist, and low and behold, i am always getting a clean bill of dental health every 6 months, without the haslte of alway having to be 'sold' something else...i told them all i wanted was healthy teeth and gums so i can keep them the rest of my life...and a nice smile.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I am up in TN and I miss my FL dentist so so much. I had a great dentist in New Port Richey. I have never heard of sealants. I would definitely get another opinion.

FYI- FL has "great" Dental Plans, not insurance. You pay an annual fee and you get a discounted price for all your work. I used to have Ameriplan and between my DH and I we saved thousand's of dollars.

I'm going to make up all my savings this week when I go to a local dentist here for a $1050.00 root canal.

This was my dentist:
Vincent Monticciolo, DDS
Vincent Monticciolo 4530 Grand Blvd New Port Richey FL 34652 (727) 849-4246 General Dentistry
Website
Red Fee Schedule
Extractions, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Full Dentures, Cosmetic Dentistry,
Mon 8-5; Tue 8-5; Wed 8-5; Thu 8-5; Fri 8-5

And this is what I paid for services with Ameriplan:
http://providersearch.ameriplanusa.c...aspx?Zip=34652


It's insane. It would be cheaper for me to fly down to FL for my root canal than to do it here. Talk about a rip. At least you have options. Good luck.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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get a second opinion and don't waste money on sealants
Sealants are phenomenal. My son has had them on his teeth since he was 4 years old (he is now 17 and back then they were twice as expensive to get done) - we had them re-done a couple years ago to withstand the next few select years. Due to those, he's had absolutely no dental issues. They are the one thing I am very grateful to have done for his teeth.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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I just moved here a few months ago and recently went to a new dentist that advertises themselves as "cosmetic dentistry" and at my appt they "discovered" 3 fillings and I need 4 sealants. While they showed me the pictures of my teeth on a fancy TV monitor I didn't really know what I was looking at. I made the appts for the 3 fillings and 4 sealants (after they talked me into an expensive electric toothbrush and some expensive floride rinse-I almost bought the tongue cleaner but had to say no to that before going broke)...but now I am wondering if since they are a cosmetic dentist that they aren't kind of making up stuff for me to have done and maybe a more traditional dentist wouldn't want to do all the sealants. I have never had sealants in my life while I have had a lot of fillings, so I am ok with those. Does anyone have any opinions on this? Should I get a second opinion? My insurance doesn't cover a lot of this. Any input would be appreciated!
It never occurred to me that a dentist would act like a bad mechanic. But I used a cosmetic dentist in Hyde Park (Swan ave by the village) who claimed I had nine cavities. I couldn't believe it, but she told me four on one side, five on the other. I went to another dentist in Brandon for a second opinion and they looked at me like I was crazy. "Who told you that you had nine cavities?" they asked. The new dentist assured me I was fine, and that...was that.

Get a second opinion.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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It never occurred to me that a dentist would act like a bad mechanic. But I used a cosmetic dentist in Hyde Park (Swan ave by the village) who claimed I had nine cavities. I couldn't believe it, but she told me four on one side, five on the other. I went to another dentist in Brandon for a second opinion and they looked at me like I was crazy. "Who told you that you had nine cavities?" they asked. The new dentist assured me I was fine, and that...was that.

Get a second opinion.
I had the same experience with this same Dentist in Hyde Park, only she found like 14 cavities, and I've been to dentist in the past, NOT ONE of them said I had cavities!!!!! Also have you ever been charged a "consultation fee" for just seeing a dentist?????? Avoid this Dentist!!!!
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