YOUR CHOICE IN THE DENTAL SCENE: Important?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    OK, we all have our weird facets.. for me its dental.

    For the few of you I've talked to on the phone in the evening, you know how I am about flossing.

    After having braces for 4.5 years, perodontal issues and tens of thousands of dollars... my teeth look great and I'm weird about them.

    I'm also weird about Dentists.

    I have two dental resources. If someone suggests something semi-major, I get (at least) one other opinion. I'm a good natured person, but I have a not so nice comeback when a Dentist acts put off because I want to know how much things cost and why I need it.
    I realize its not an exact science, but after having one dentist tell me (when I was in college).. "What difference does it matter what it costs, you have your Dad's dental insurance don't you?", I've become a critic.

    One of my dentists even now fouled up their filing with my insurance company. They just send you a bill.

    How are you about your dentist? How long have you had them?
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 18, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    I had the same dentist from my first visit up until he retired when I was baout 20. He was so great and I credit him for my teeth being in great condition. Since the earliest I can remember, every 6 months I'd go for my appointment and he'd always say. 'If all my patients had teeth as great as yours, my job would be so easy.'. It made me proud, and that still rings through my head everytime I brush and floss (and I love to floss).

    I love going to the dentist, it's so relaxing, it's like getting a massage.
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    Apr 18, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    I really disliked my childhood dentist. He convinced my parents that it would be a fantastic idea for a child in 1st grade to have braces. He insisted that he could straighten them out as they were growing in. Never mind the mental anguish from thinking I had ruined something very expensive as a wire broke during my second day with them. None of my peers even had braces until after mine were taken off. I wore and lost several retainers. Twenty years later do I have a two rows of gleaming straight chompers? No! My smile is still crooked and seems to get worse as my teeth continue to shift. This dentist even had the balls to encourage me to get braces again once I was in high school. He really made me angry. Since then I haven't had a steady dentist as I've moved around quite a bit. I need to find one in my new home as it's a month past my annual check up. Hope the next one is better than my first!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    lattetzar saidI really disliked my childhood dentist. He convinced my parents that it would be a fantastic idea for a child in 1st grade to have braces. He insisted that he could straighten them out as they were growing in.




    I wonder if he just moved into a new office and needed to pay for it.


    I had a good dentist, like Shawn until I was about 18 or 19, then he practice was sold and the next dentist made some good points, but my impression fell apart after it became apparent that he was more interested in new offices, making us pay for unnecessary dental work and improving his professional standing with his peers by using clients.
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    Apr 18, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    Boy am I lucky - I've had the same dentist for over 10 years and I never have any problems with him - or with his dental hygenists. I'll even post his name - I'm that happy with him (for those of you in Arizona who might be seeking a dentist).

    This guy is not only a great dentist - with no billing surprises - and no unnecessary work suggested - he is also a great guy, full of integrity and a handsome hunk!

    Joseph (Joe) Mazel, DMD
    Scottsdale, AZ
    480-391-9399

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said he is also a great guy, full of integrity and a handsome hunk!





    What is it about Arizona and hot men?
    I wonder if it is the heat of the place...LOL
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    Apr 18, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    I've been going to my dentist for as long as I can remember, since I was at least a child. He recommended I get braces (and recommended an excellent orthodontist) and despite the hell of having braces, I now (at age 23) get compliments on my teeth with some frequency.

    I went to the dentist just two months ago and he genuinely told me I had nice teeth. icon_smile.gif

    My dentist and dental hygenists have been awesome. So sad to hear these dental horror stories. icon_sad.gif
  • Timbales

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    Apr 19, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    I just quit my regular dentist. I brush and floss, haven't needed a filling in years. I am missing one of my eye teeth. It never grew in after I lost my baby tooth. I have a slight gap where it should be, but it doesn't really bother me.

    For the past two years, every time I have been in for a cleaning they keep saying "We can bond that, put in a veneer - yadda yadda yadda" and each time I've said, "No, I don't want to do anything about it. I'm fine with it."

    After my last cleaning, I was checking out and when they asked me if I'd like to schedule my next appointment I said "No, I'm not coming back again. I don't like being pressured into having cosmetic procedures I didn't ask about."
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    I am very picky about my teeth. I found a great dentist in Silverlake and drive 3-4 hours to see her. She is sweet gentle and very reasonable.