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Old 11-25-2015, 09:55 PM
Location: in the mountains
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Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
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 also had an experience where a dentist that my family trusted told me when I was in my very early 20s, and had only 1 cavity in my entire life, that he was going to need to drill in to the bottom left row of my teeth because he saw dark shadows on the X-ray, and it meant that I had cavities inside my teeth that I couldn't see.

I had no pain whatsoever, so I had no idea what he was talking about. He insisted that I make an appointment to come back so he could start drilling. He said he would need to drill and possibly do a few root canals.

I never went back. That was over 10 years ago. I haven't had any problems, and no other dentist has every told me I have cavities there.

So obviously, my dentist was either lying to get money out of me, or he was just suffering from poor eyesight at his advanced age.
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Old 11-25-2015, 10:02 PM
Location: in the mountains
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Originally Posted by MaryleeII View Post
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.
I was also told something similar, once a few years ago I had jaw pain and went to a dentist who told me that it was because I was grinding my teeth in my sleep, and that I needed to spend $2,000 on a custom made mouth guard.
I told her that I didn't see any evidence by looking at the tops of my teeth that I was grinding, and she said then that I was "clenching" and that I still needed the guard.

I made a few changes in my life style to reduce stress, and also stopped chewing gum every single day, and the pain in my jaw stopped. I think the gum chewing was what was really causing the jaw pain.
I never bothered with a mouth guard, even though I knew I could buy one at the drug store, I knew I wouldn't be able to actually sleep with that huge thing in my mouth!
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