posted on Apr, 18 2010 @ 10:42 AM
ok, so I went to a new dentist last week. Like most people, I don't like going to the dentist. Poking me with sharp objects to see if I'm taking
good care of my teeth is not all that fun.
In fact...I just went to a dentist a year ago and he said my teeth and gums were in great shape and to keep up the good work. I took his advice and
continued my daily regime of brushing and flossing everyday, SOoOoo I wasn't expecting much of a problem, in fact, I only went in to get them their
It was supposed to be a "No biggie"... but I was WRONG.
SoOOoOo the dental assistant gives me the run down. I get the extra special treatment since I haven't been to a dentist in a year. Oh boy, I'm
feeling special now.
She told me that I needed to get my 18 X-ray photos taken of my mouth to see what kind of damage has been done in a year. I told her that I just had
that done a few years ago, but she told me that it was their procedure for all new patients and they only do those 18 shot x-rays every 5 years. So
I'm thinking..in less than 2 years my mouth has to become radiated again just because I'm a new patient?
I give in and get them done.
After waiting 10 minutes, the dentists comes in. Seems friendly enough. He tasked me it if I've been having any problems with my teeth or gums.
I told him I was feeling fine and I haven't had any problems with my teeth or gums for a long time.
The dentist then explains to me that he needs to check for pockets in my gums. I'm thinking to myself, no worries here.... I have good teeth and
gums. My gums are healthy and pink.
Next thing I know, he's calling out some big numbers like he's playing bingo in my mouth. Now, I already know about these numbers, the bigger the
number, the deeper the pocket is.
And talk about pain. It felt like he was purposely digging in his little pick to create new pockets in my gums. I've never had that much pain doing a
typical gum check. Ouch.
Anyway, once he was finished he then goes on to tell me that I need a "Deep Cleaning" and I have to replace and old filling that is now decayed.
What? I can't believe it. In one year, my teeth have gone from excellent to really bad?
I've NEVER ever needed a Deep cleaning in all my life. What the H3ll did I do differently to make my teeth so bad? I eat organic foods, I don't eat
candy, I don't smoke or even drink coffee. I don't do fluoride and I haven't changed my daily habits of brushing 2 times a day, flossing,
I felt fine.
My dentist then continues to tell me that he will have to do the deep cleaning in 2 sessions that will take 1 1/2 hours each session. Then the dental
assistant hand me the cost of the procedure and how much my insurance will pay.
Funny how it all added up to be the exact amount my deduction will let me have.
Eactly $1,000 for it all. I'm pretty much screwd if I need to go back to the dentist this year, because it will be all out of pocket then. bye-bye
I made my first appointment for the "Deep cleaning" next week, but I didn't feel too good about it. I wondered how much of a scam this procedure of
"Deep Cleaning" really was, so I did some research and found out that it's not uncommon for dentists to advise this to patients who don't even
need it done. It is one of the more costly and painful procedures done in a dentist office beside a root canal. It's about money.
I honestly don't belive Deep cleanings are not necessary for everyone.
I think I will cancel my appointment and try to find a dentist who will just do a typical cleaning. No more Gentech for me.
Anyone else offered a "Deep Cleaning" by your dentist recently?