Post # 1
I just need to get this out, and I know my fellow bees are always here to listen and let me rant!
Yesterday I went to the dentist. I hate it, but I go every 6 months like a champ. This was my second time at this office. I transferred there because the last place I was at, I had a horrible hygienist and seemed to get her everytime. She always made me bleed and my teeth would hurt for days. Once she was flossing with one of those things that is designed to get under a permanent retainer, and said to me, “Well, I’m going to skip these two teeth because your gums are bleeding so much I can’t see what I’m doing anymore.” YIKES! So, I found a new office.
Anyway, I loved this office the first time I went. Yesterday, I had the same hygienist from the first time, and she even remembered me! I was loving it. Then she told me they had added a second dentist to the practice and asked if I had a preference on who I saw. I said no, thinking there would be no issue. WRONG!
The guy was fresh out of dental school, clearly, by his age and attitude. He told me I had 5 cavities that needed filled, and as he was explaining, I was shocked. I haven’t had a cavity since my baby teeth–almost 20 years! I take very good care of my teeth. My FSIL is even a hygienist herself and said once that I have awesome teeth and really good dental hygiene. So, I was shocked. He noticed me staring and asked if I was having trouble understanding what he was saying. I said I just haven’t had cavities in so long, I was surprised. He told me it was clearly because I drink entirely too much soda…I drink maybe one soda per week. He then said it looked like all I drank was Mountain Dew which will rot your teeth. I never EVER drink Mountain Dew. He told me to start taking better care of my teeth.
I left the office in tears!! Don’t worry, though, I’m getting a second opinion. I’ve already had my X-rays sent to a new office. Has anyone else ever had terrible dental experiences? Let’s hear them!
Post # 3
@jenniferleighh: geez, how annoying! Hopefully the next appointment goes well 🙁
I got a crack in my front tooth once and they had this glue stuff to fix it…they accidentally glued inbetween the tooth and the one next to it, looked like I had one weird tooth front and center! Thankfully they were able to give my two seperate teeth back!
Post # 4
Yeah – I am dealing with a bad crown right now. The first attempt (yes, you read that right) resulted in a crack in the porcelain, and I had to come back and have them do it again. This one didn’t crack, but it felt a little bit weird ever since it was put in (a little over two years ago), like it never quite set right, and lately it’s been getting sore when I chew on it. I’ll be seeing a new dentist about it, though, not going back to the same idiot who already screwed it up twice!
Post # 5
@Payless: Oh boy! Probably funnier now looking back than it was at the time…sounds frustrating!
@KCKnd2: Oh wow…that is seriously just awful. Glad you’re going somewhere new! Clearly the last one either doesn’t care or just isn’t very careful!
I forgot to add, too, that my dentist was judging my personal life! FI and I are planning a May 2015 wedding so that I will be finished with college, and the dentist saw my ring and asked when I was getting married. When I told him May 2015, he said, “WHOA! That’s FOREVER away, why would you wait so long?” Geez, guy, give me a break!
Post # 6
@jenniferleighh: I was in middle school at the time so it definitely was no laughing matter at the time LOL but pictures from it now are wonderful 🙂
Post # 7
@jenniferleighh: my sister’s previous dentist chipped her front tooth during some routine procedure, refused to fix it, then suggested that she pay $1000+ for a veneer. 🙁
Post # 8
I’ve been pretty lucky with my dental experiences. Worst pain I’ve had from a mistake was when my orthodontist slipped with his pliers and whacked the side of my upper molars, hard. That hurt for about a week, but it didn’t do permanent damage and he was really sorry. A kind of funny one was the last time I got a cavity filled. The dentist finished drilling and was setting the filling about 10 minutes after he started. I was sitting there with the UV hardener thing in my mouth when the hygenist walked in with the novocaine. He did my whole filling with no numbing agent at all and the hygenist was horrified. It was totally fine though. My cavity was really shallow and it got a bit twinge-y at the end but it really didn’t hurt.