Post # 1
Has anyone gotten a shocking report from a dentist and then gotten a second opinion that was different? At my last appt 10.5 months ago (diff office, diff insurance) I had a totally clean bill. I even called today to check after my appt. Today, I went to an office that has amazing Yelp reviews and the dentist told me I had EIGHT cavities than need to be filled ASAP, plus three more he wants to keep an eye on. I’m suspicious.. my old dentist did xrays then looked at each tooth, poked it on the biting surface and the outer surface with the pokey scraper thing, used a magnifying glass, mirror, light etc. This guy looked at the xrays, told me I don’t floss (I do, every night), and then did the scraping routine but I didn’t feel like he really examined the teeth that had cavities. I also didn’t feel like the cleaning was very thorough. It’s going to cost me over a thousand dollars if I proceed, and I’m being laid off Sept 30 so it has to be done asap. I mostly just have a weird feeling about the office.. it’s nothing quantifiable.
I can get a second opinion but I’m nervous because whatever office I switch to will have to be the one I get the work done at since I am only insured through the end of September (my insurance allows me to see only one dentist office per month). I don’t know how to pick a new dentist since the Yelp reviews for this one may have failed me. Any suggestions or similar experiences?
Post # 3
are you in pain? do you feel pain where you supposedly have cavities?
Post # 4
this is crazy. who do you believe??
Post # 5
I had a dentist that I’m nearly positive was ripping me off.
It was after I moved to the city at the age of 23. Never had a cavity and then every time I saw him I would have 2 or 3 more. He filled a total of 8 cavities over a 3 year period. Never felt pain. I switched dentists 4 years ago and never had a cavity.
I would switch dentists ASAP.
Post # 6
@kgirl91: Yes. This happened to me and when i got a second opinion…I had NO cavities! Go get a second opinion!
Post # 7
@kgirl91: Is it an option to see your old dentist (or another dentist) and pay for it yourself? I wouldn’t want 8 unnecessary drillings even if I wasn’t paying.
What’s your dental history, and has anything changed in the last year? If you’ve never had a cavity, to suddenly have 8 is suspicious.
Post # 8
I had sort of a similar situation…something like 8 cavities like woah! Midway through the numerous visits for fillings and I heard in passing that he was taking out old fillings to put in a superior filling, or something. I never really knew if this was a necessity or just a preference but when we started I was under the impression we were talking about never treated cavities. I felt ripped off…but yeah I don’t really know.
Post # 9
Yeah I would get a second opinion. My life long dentist started “finding” cavities recently. Right about the time I started refusing routine x rays. I don’t have a single filling, I have never had a single cavity. I really think they’re mad they can’t bill for the x rays. I’m cannot feel or see any cavity at all. I don’t believe there’s one there. They are also insistent that I don’t floss enough etc. I do religiously. I think they’re all cracked in the head.
Post # 10
@kgirl91: A dentist once told me I had 6 cavities. Unfortunately, I got them all filled.
6 months laster, he told my Mom she had a cavity… IN HER FAKE TOOTH.
So we switched dentists… And I’ve only had one cavity since!
Definitely find a new one!
Post # 11
Yes! Get a second opinion. My DH went to a new dentist after we moved (his previous appointment was six months prior) and was told he needed extensive work including some root canals. He went to a different dentist that was recommended to us by a friend and was told his mouth was healthy.
It’s sad that this happens but I’m pretty certain the the dentist who told him he needed a lot of work done on his mouth was just trying to make money and tried to take advantage of DH since he is fairly young and might seem naive.
Post # 12
Once, after using the same dentist for about 13 years and NEVER having a cavity, I switched doctors. He told me I had TWELVE. Said he practiced “preventative dentistry.” I’m sure you can figure out what that means.
Post # 13
Get a second opinion. Trust your gut.
Post # 14
I agree. Second opinion.
Can you ask co-workers for recommendations? I’d assume some of them have your same insurance.
That said, my new dentist told me I had one very, very tiny cavity when I started going to them. I couldn’t feel it, I never had any pain at all, I would never have known it was there. It was so small he didn’t need to drill it, he just scraped it a whole lot (which was better for my sanity) and filled it. I’m pretty confident he wasn’t ripping me off cause he went with the cheaper filling material (it’s far back in my mouth), and since I’ve been going regularly, that’s all he’s found. So it is possible to have a small cavity without necessarily having pain.
Post # 15
@BrandNewBride: Get out really? I would have exploited that dentist everywhere I could.
Post # 16
DEFINITELY get a second opinion. I almost never post on here but had to let you know that dentists do this often. Mine was a sneaky sneaky jerk. He “looked at my xray” and told me he saw two small cavities that needed to be filled asap. I asked him to show me on the xray, because I was curious as to what a cavity looked like. He quickly turned the screen away and refused to show me. I walked out and never went back. Six months later at my next appointment with a new dentist, I mysteriously had NO cavities.