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Old 12-04-2019, 10:27 PM
 
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Today I went today to Presbyterian Hospital in NYC for a toothache in the left top part of my mouth. I told the dentist that I dont want any xrays but convinced me to take 2. He ended up taking 3 instead. He said I had 3 cavities: 2 that didnt take root and a third that was the one giving me pain. He gave me the option for a temporary filling. He said in order for the hospital to place a permanent filling he'd have to take 18 xrays. Like who does that?? I asked why 18, why so many?? He said because since its a student facility of the hospital its to help educate dental students. Wtf is this???


I decided not to get the extra 18 xrays. I'll be going to another dentist instead.


This is the last time I'm going there. But I want to report this do immediately. He's putting unaware patients at health risk for unneeded radiation. I want to file a complaint. Where can I report him to?


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Old 12-06-2019, 10:14 AM
 
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Today I went today to Presbyterian Hospital in NYC for a toothache in the left top part of my mouth. I told the dentist that I dont want any xrays but convinced me to take 2. He ended up taking 3 instead. He said I had 3 cavities: 2 that didnt take root and a third that was the one giving me pain. He gave me the option for a temporary filling. He said in order for the hospital to place a permanent filling he'd have to take 18 xrays. Like who does that?? I asked why 18, why so many?? He said because since its a student facility of the hospital its to help educate dental students. Wtf is this???


I decided not to get the extra 18 xrays. I'll be going to another dentist instead.


This is the last time I'm going there. But I want to report this do immediately. He's putting unaware patients at health risk for unneeded radiation. I want to file a complaint. Where can I report him to?


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Just because you don't understand something does not make the doctor a "weirdo".


A typical adult has 28-32 teeth in their mouth. A "full mouth series" of x-rays is typically 18-20 individual small x-rays. If you are a new patient and you want a complete examination, then this is standard practice. Some offices may take a panoramic x-ray (larger, goes around your head) plus four bitewing x-rays and will consider that a full-mouth series. If you are seeing a dentist for a "limited exam" i.e. one problem tooth/area, then typically the office will take an x-ray of just that area. However, if doctor chooses not to do definitive treatment on a tooth because of possible other issues in your mouth and requests a full mouth examination (visual and radiographic), then that is their prerogative.


Bottom line, if you want a dentist to check your entire mouth or do any sort of permanent, be prepared for a full set of x-rays if the dentist deems it necesary.


Go ahead and report the dentist to the hospital management, state dental board, the BBB, and your father's brother's cousin's former roommate. They will all look at the complaint and realize who the real "weirdo" is.
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Taking x-rays on a new patient is standard practice.

You could just do your own dentistry in a mirror at home. DIY!
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Old 12-21-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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He said because since its a student facility of the hospital its to help educate dental students. Wtf is this???


I decided not to get the extra 18 xrays. I'll be going to another dentist instead.
I totally understand your concerns about x-rays; however, I don't think you can file a complaint about it because this, like many other medical procedures you may not want is considered part of normal "standard of care."

The best thing to do is to find holistic practitioners who take your desires seriously and are willing to work with you. If you can't find one, you may be able to sign some kind of waiver with a regular dentist to opt out of extra x-rays but they'll probably want to be sure you know the risks and benefits of opting out, which is a good thing.

Call ahead and ask about it before making an appointment so you don't waste time and money with dentists who insist on a lot of x-rays. Just remember that you're the employer and boss, not the other way around.
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:01 PM
 
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Taking x-rays on a new patient is standard practice.

You could just do your own dentistry in a mirror at home. DIY!

I've got a rusty old plyers you can borrow if you want
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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People go to a hospital for dental care? Is this some regional thing?
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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I had pain in my chest and this weirdo ER doc wanted to take an xray of my chest. He should be able to just give me a diagnosis without any of this newfangled technology.
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Old 12-25-2019, 03:41 PM
 
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I had pain in my chest and this weirdo ER doc wanted to take an xray of my chest. He should be able to just give me a diagnosis without any of this newfangled technology.
It’s not just about the doctor; it’s also about you as a patient having the right to accept or reject the x-ray after being informed of the benefits and risks.
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:36 PM
 
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It’s not just about the doctor; it’s also about you as a patient having the right to accept or reject the x-ray after being informed of the benefits and risks.

Yes. Just like the doctor has the right to accept or reject you as a patient, outside of an emergency situation. A patient cannot consent to negligent care.
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:41 PM
 
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Yes. Just like the doctor has the right to accept or reject you as a patient, outside of an emergency situation. A patient cannot consent to negligent care.
A lack of receiving an x-ray doesn't necessarily mean a patient will be getting negligent care. And yes, doctors can accept or reject patients but ultimately it's the consumer who has the most power in the relationship. There's more of us than them.
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