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I'd consider getting a second opinion. The rip-off I'm avoiding is...

...that my dentist and my oral surgeon (no, they are not one and the same) both insist on check-ups every 6 months, so I was being bounced back and forth between them every 3 months. Two years of this; no progress, but no regress either, on an old wisdom tooth socket that won't completely close up, even after two oral surgeries to pack it with seashells or other crushed calcium to fool the body into "healing" the area. They want to take X-rays nearly every time. I allowed these the first year, but I think perpetual X-rays are pointless and quite possibly dangerous, and I have refused them over the past year. I don't need meningiomas forming, etc.

The dentist also insisted on replacing three fillings after the last checkup -- and yes, I realize fillings occasionally require replacement, but it's also quite possible they do not. I had to have nine injections of novocain -- nine! -- because I could still feel the drilling the dentist was doing. Not that I'm squeamish; I was just being honest. And I'm a guy who has had two cavities filled without anaesthetic. But that was ridiculous.

I normally keep all dental and medical appointment schedules, but I have delayed both the dentist and the oral surgeon now to the point that my visits are effectively annual. I'm thinking of switching back to my old dentist who would only bug me for a checkup once per year. He was great, and his dad was, too -- the dad was my dentist going back 48 years. I left that practice because of an inept dental hygienist who was tearing my gums up, and I'm someone who, for decades, has flossed daily and had good gum health. I made the switch four years ago, but now I'm so fed up with the current tandem, I think I am ready to go back. I'm just hoping that the inept hygienist did not last.

(In response to this post by WAH00WA)

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 10:02PM


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