My dental situation is quite complicated - I have had a lot of dental work done, most of it of poor quality, and some crowns and bridges are starting to fail and need to be replaced. The bite doesn't seem to be right either. The problem is that I have not been able to find sombody to fix my teeth - most dentists I have seen seem to put their profit ahead of my needs and they created more problems than they solved.
I am now desperate and I don't know who to talk to. So I am asking for help from the members of this group, if you could recommend a competent and trustworthy specialist who could give me an honest and objective opinion and whom I could work with to get things stabilized and under control. As I said, my needs are: crown and/or bridge replacement, occlusal adjustment, and probably some gum issues.
Hi ADR, you live a a great area to get good dental care. They are many great dentists close to you and great dental schools. If your bite is off, you definitely want to fix that before investing in a lot of dental work since it's so expensive especially here in California. I'm in Sacramento. I can't give you names or sites here on this board, it's not allowed, but you can search the net and I would start by locating a neuromuscular dentist, they are not only cosmetic dentists, but also work with your bite, teeth alignment etc. Just look up at neuromuscular dentistry sites, and I'm sure you will find one in your area. You should also check with the dental school there in the San Francisco area, I hear only good things about their level of care. Hope that helped. Marti
The problem is how to find these great dentists. I "suffered" treatment from several awful dentists (all with great credentials) - at first everything looks great but as the treatment progresses things degrade and then I have to find another dentist and start over. It's beyond me how little they care about their patients' health and how greedy they are. You may think that I am just too angry to be objective, but I could tell more than a few horror stories.
Anyway, I am presently very depressed as I can't seem to find a way out of this.
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Hi. I am new to this board and joined for the same reasons. I have had the same issues with finding a good dentist and have spent thousands on my teeth and now have serious TMJ issues. I have just started to research how to find well qualified dentists whoh put the patient's health first and am eager for responses to Thread.
I also live in the San Francisco Bay Area and absolutely share your sentiments about ever finding a good dentist here. And no, the dental school - at least UCSF - is not a solution. In fact, I have visited their clinic and have seen a faculty member also in private practice and have not received good care. In fact, I have have had much better luck with dentists when travelling and visiting on an emergency basis. Perhaps UOP is better, but I have had no experience with it.
However, I have had very good experiences with oral surgeons and endodontists; it's the general dentists who are the problem.
I'm in lower NY - but I think I have finally found the right dentist in Stamford, CT - he was able to determine that my jaw problems are being caused by an improper bite only (not muscle) and was quite familiar with all the sysmptoms I was experiencing whereas other dentists thought I was nuts. We start tomorrow with impressions and he has recommended that we redo the crowns on my back teeth - which I have been saying have caused this problem all along - he also confirmed that a recent filling in a back molar is too high - which was the last thing my former dentist did before all the pain started. So I think as well as hope and pray that this will be resolved soon. The suggestion to find a neuromuscular dentist was excellent!!! I had never heard the term before and neither had the dentists I was being referred to for 2nd opinions. They are a little difficult to find. I am surprised that the TMJ specialist I visited did not recommend this either. What an educational lesson this has been for me.
I know how you feel. I went to so many dentist had so many root canals and extractions only to have them fail and blah blah blah. I too was frustrated and at my wits end when yet another tooth of mine absessed. As I looked for a new dentist I started asking some different questions. I asked for the names of other dental professionals that they had relationships with whom I could call and ask reference of. I found that the dentist I ended up with had a great network/team of dental professionals that she worked with consistently.
I now have an amazing dental team and I mean team. I have a dentist, endodontist, oral surgeon, orthodontist and Maxiofacial surgeon who all know each other and talk often about my dental plan. I have been under their care for almost 2 years now and I see real progress happening in my mouth. It took my until I was 31 to find them and finally I am seeing good things happening in my mouth instead of all bad.
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Thelma-louise, I'm glad you took my suggestion and checked into a neuromuscular dentist. Unlike prosthodontist or just plain cosmetic dentist, they try to find the most balanced bite and jaw position for you. They work with the way your jaws used to be, instead of forcing your jaws into an unfamiliar position. I hope that is the solution to your problems, I know how a bad bite can affect your entire well being. Take care Marti.d