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    Old 04-28-2004, 04:15 PM   #1
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    Hi, I visited a dental office twice in the past year, and in both cases was billed for a full scaling/root planing procedure (2 x $800). However, this process took only 20 minutes each time, and I suspect that I only received regular cleaning, not a scaling/root planing procedure. I was not given any anaesthesia, and the dentist spent no more than a few seconds on each tooth. I am trying to find out whether I had the full procedure because I know that there is a problem with my gums that needs this type of treatment, I am also concerned that my insurance yearly maximum of $2000 has almost been reached, and I am also concerned that this dental office may not be giving proper care to patients. I did not want to call the insurance company until I am more certain that I’ve been had. Has anyone else had a full scaling/root planing procedure, and how long did it take? More than 20 minutes?

    More details: First visit I had full x-rays, pocket depth was measured at up to 6mm, indicating a problem. I agreed to the scaling procedure which, as I mentioned earlier took no more than 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute polishing by the hygienist. I had taken exceptional care in terms of flossing, mouthwash etc. after the first visit, but the 2nd visit sowed pocket depth to be about the same (but this time the measurements were taken in about 4 places only) so the “scaling/root planing” process was repeated (again less than 20 minutes) and they want me to come back to see a specialist in their office to consider further gum surgery. I am also wondering why they did a second scaling if I have to see a specialist.

    Any comments from people with experience of this procedure would be greatly appreciated.

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