Dentist told me I have 8 cavities.. suspicious.

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

are you in pain? do you feel pain where you supposedly have cavities?

Post # 4
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

this is crazy.  who do you believe??

Post # 5
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
683 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@kgirl91:  Yes.  This happened to me and when i got a second opinion…I had NO cavities!  Go get a second opinion!

Post # 7
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
3303 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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
6455 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
5445 posts
Bee Keeper

Get a second opinion. Trust your gut. 

Post # 14
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
3389 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BrandNewBride:  Get out really? I would have exploited that dentist everywhere I could.


Post # 16
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.

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