I’m torn between elation and being plain out pissed off.
Per your guys’ suggestions, I got an exam with a different dentist to see if I really needed all that dental work. I was able to switch over my insurance, so I didn’t even have to pay out of pocket.
As you probably figured out from the title, they didn’t find much wrong.
Well, I definitely need a cleaning. I told the hygienist it’d been year since my last cleaning, so things wouldn’t be great. But, given that information and the other dentist’s prognosis, she actually seemed surprised by her findings.
Of course, she hastened to say that this doesn’t mean the other dentist was wrong. Just that, by her office’s standards, I don’t need something that in-depth.
Translation: We don’t want a rep for dissing other dentists… but he’s totally full of it.
I shouldn’t celebrate quite yet. They’re waiting for the x-rays from the other dentist. Then they’ll officially say how intensive a cleaning I need. But I’m optimistic.
Oh and that crown I needed? Yeah, not so much.
They took an x-ray of that area. The dentist said she didn’t see anything requiring action just now. She did stress that I need to stay on top of flossing, but that was about it.
So… Hooray! I don’t need $1,000 worth of work! And sonuva–! I almost paid for $1,000 for unnecessary dental work!
It’s not just the pain in the pocketbook. How can a dentist recommend procedures that are so invasive — they shave down your tooth for a crown, people! — if they’re not necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for keeping on top of health matters. And I’m generally for preventative stuff. But… tooth shaving? Getting under the gum line? Maybe that’s overstepping, eh?
I like this dentist better anyway. (For the record, I liked her even before she said I didn’t need a crown.) So I think this is a better fit.
After all, even if it had turned out to be misplaced, I clearly had some mistrust of the first dentist. I had, in fact, questioned the diagnosis all the way home. But I figured I was just trying to get out of a large bill.
Then you guys urged a second opinion. Thanks goodness.
Clearly, you should never trust a dentist who has cookies in the lobby.