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Old 10-30-2015, 01:50 PM
 
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Some dentists can be less than honest. One time I went to a dentist in Virginia and he was trying to tell me that I needed to have all my fillings replaced. I think I have three or four from when I was a kid. That sounded plausible, since the last time I had a filling was in 1963. Anyway, I didn't do it, and I later moved. My current dentist took a look at them and said the fillings were fine. So, my teeth have been fine since 1963. I get them cleaned every so often and that's it.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:14 AM
 
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I expect a licensed health care professional to treat me in a professional manner and not like customer on a used-car lot. Even if he/she uses a Groupon to get people in the door.
There are multiple levels of service and quality in every industry, including healthcare. While you don't always get what you pay for, you will never get what you don't pay for. I'm amazed at how many people think they can pay for a Honda and get a Ferrari.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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I went to a new dentist when I moved to a new city and he told me I needed about $5000 worth of dental work done. Root Canals and Crowns. I told him I would think about it and get a second opinion. I went to a second dentist and she told me my teeth were in great shape and I did not need any of those things done the first dentist told me about. My second dentist told me my first dentist was committing fraud.

What should I do about the first dentist? Think of all the people who pay to have all this unnecessary work on their teeth and pay dearly for it.

I hate dentists, too. The majority charge crazy amounts for work that they never guarantee!

Not to mention, most insurance plans don't cover diddly squat!
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Years ago, I went to a dentist who was listed in my employer's dental insurance plan, just for a a check-up. I had no pain or obvious problems. She told me I needed a root canal and referred me to a specialist. I called the specialist and got an uneasy feeling when I spoke to him. He sounded very rehearsed and said I definitely needed a root canal even though I never identified myself by name. All he knew was that I got his name from the other dentist. Both dentists were from the Middle East, and were very arrogant and bossy. I decided to get a second opinion, and was asked to request the Xrays from the first dentist. She said it would cost me $25 per XRay. I said screw it and just started over from scratch with the new dentist, with new XRays. He said there was nothing wrong with the tooth and I definitely did not need a root canal.

So my answer to your question is a definite Yes.
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Old 10-31-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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There are multiple levels of service and quality in every industry, including healthcare. While you don't always get what you pay for, you will never get what you don't pay for. I'm amazed at how many people think they can pay for a Honda and get a Ferrari.
Seriously doubt that you are a dentist.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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Yes, it has happened to me. When it was necessary for me to find a new dentist, the first one I selected told me it was necessary to replace every crown. When I asked what the cost would be, he replied, "We already received approval from your insurance." That didn't answer my question, and when I asked again, he said, "Don't worry about it."

When I informed him it was necessary for me know what my out-of-pocket costs would be, he retorted with, "Apparently you need to find yourself another dentist since you doubt my word."

The next dentist refuted everything the first dentist claimed.

Have discovered that you can go to five different dentists and all five may come up with a different treatment plan.
Good for you for sticking up for yourself! No doubt he thought you'd be a Good Little Girl and do as you were told.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:10 PM
 
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Agreed. I had one dentist tell me I needed 20 fillings. I only have 24 teeth It's been so long ago, but I remember having at least some of them done. I had great dental insurance at the time. Since then I only needed one major dental procedure, a porcelain onlay for a split tooth. I have seen several dentists, and they all were honest. When I had a cavity, they showed me the dark spots on the X-rays and told me exactly what they needed to do. I had all my silver fillings replaced with porcelain because the rest of my teeth were going to crack without them.

My wife went to another dentist for a simple exam, fillings, and cleaning. She went using a Groupon and when she went they refused to do her teeth cleaning, telling her she needed a deep cleaning because she had gingivitis (false), that they couldn't give her a regular cleaning because the hygienist would "lose her license," but they would do the deep cleaning, but it would cost $500. She was livid. She never went back. Why not do the regular cleaning and do the deep cleaning later? That makes no sense at all. She went back to her old dentist, and he didn't even suggest a deep cleaning.

I think dentists are like anyone else. Some are scam artists but most are honest. Use your common sense. If the dentist seems like he/she is trying to gouge you with major procedures, especially if you have no symptoms, get a second opinion. Even if he/she seems honest, ask to see the X-rays or pics of whatever tooth needs work for yourself. Dental work is expensive, and we sure don't want to pay for unnecessary procedures.
Was that so-called "deep cleaning" a root planing? Because I had a dentist do that same crap to me when I went in for a cleaning. The tech TOLD me she was going to do a root planing instead, "which is a type of deep cleaning." When I learned what had happened I refused to pay (even though there was a sign demanding payment on the spot, file with insurance later.) Then they tried to refuse me my dental records when I told them I was changing dentists. I reminded them of HIPAA and asked whether I needed to stop by and discuss it in person, in the lobby not behind closed doors, on their busiest day. I finally got the records.

Don't bother with the State disciplinary board. They won't do a thing.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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Yes. My husband and I went to a dentist about 20 years ago who told us both that we each needed 4 crowns. We both stupidly got two of them and they cost a fortune. We said "forget it" after that and changed dentists. He has not needed any more crowns and I got one last year because a tooth had broken.

Our current dentist has told both of us that we need night guards for grinding, but we have not gotten them.

A lot of dentists are up there with used car salesmen.
You can buy those mouth guards at the drugstore---about $20 for a pack of 2 at CVS

I assume your dentist was trying to talk you into custom-made guards? The drugstore ones are the boil and form type.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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Was that so-called "deep cleaning" a root planing? Because I had a dentist do that same crap to me when I went in for a cleaning. The tech TOLD me she was going to do a root planing instead, "which is a type of deep cleaning." When I learned what had happened I refused to pay (even though there was a sign demanding payment on the spot, file with insurance later.) Then they tried to refuse me my dental records when I told them I was changing dentists. I reminded them of HIPAA and asked whether I needed to stop by and discuss it in person, in the lobby not behind closed doors, on their busiest day. I finally got the records.

Don't bother with the State disciplinary board. They won't do a thing.
Sounds like we had the same dentist! I had the exact same stuff happen. The free cleaning 2x/year was just a loss-leader to get you in the office, then pile it on. After that, I quit going to the dentist for 2-3 years, I was too fed up with all the chicanery. I now have a dentist my whole family goes to, and we really like. he does NOT push unneeded treatments, and even talks you out of things you might think you need but don't, like the root cleaning. Its his own practice, his parents funded it, so he doesn't have expenses he's expecting you to pay for! He's a young man, but has built up a big practice in about 5 years, because people aren't afraid to go to him!
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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My regular dentist sent me to a "Specialist" to help with a sinus track infection.

The "Specialist" told me I needed root canals on both of my front teeth.

But I had no front teeth. They were fake.

It was a permanent bridge glued to my incisors.

I never went back.
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