I haven't been to a dentist since I was 7 or 8 (I'm 21 now) until just recently. Bad, I know, but I didn't have insurance for a long time and I never had any problems with my teeth - no pain, no visible cavities, nothing....
Well, I just had a check up with a new woman dentist and it turns out I have 4 minor cavities that need to be fixed. When I went back the second time, her husband was the one who worked on 2 of my teeth (side by side molars, I think).
The whole time I felt extremely uncomfortable. I imagine that going to the dentist is not supposed to be pleasant or anything... It's just that I felt like the dentist made no effort to tell me what was going on. I had no idea what he was doing in my mouth. He didn't even tell me that he was going to fix 2 teeth. He put a metal/silver filling in one molar. In the other he covered only tiny specks (at the corners of the tooth) with the silvery filling. If I had known he was going to use the silver filling I would have asked for the white one instead...especially on the tooth where only specks of the filling were used. Later I found out that the woman dentist who initially looked at my teeth recommended I get the white fillings on them --- sorry I don't know the technical terms. --- The dentist who worked on my teeth though, thought that he should put in the metal filling because it lasts longer and better insures that the cavity won't spread. That's what he told my mom when we came out to the reception area.
Now, I feel like I have this giant silver tooth and I don't think it was necessary to have it done like this. I know the white one doesn't last as long, but I was told that my cavities were only small. I feel so uniformed.
Please someone tell me if my experience sounds normal. Do dentists usually consult the patient, telling them what they're going to do and asking for their input? Don't I have a right to know what's being put into my mouth? I honestly felt totally helpless and had no idea what was going on.
I have another appointment a month from now to fix a premolar and I'm even more scared to go now that I was for my last appointment. I really want to find a new dentist to go to. Do you think I'm overreacting?