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Posted by jim on July 05, 2000 at 17:40:08:

In Reply to: Re: Advice needed on bad dental problems and the best way to correct them.... posted by Jen on May 14, 2000 at 15:22:48:

I wouldn't use a referral service again. The dentist I visited spent just a couple of minutes with examining and talking with me, though she was taking notes while the hygenist did some probing. The doctor was very hurried, and was very eager to replace my intact silver fillings with tooth colored ones. I couldn't help but think she was trying to maximize her income rather than my dental health. I didn't have time for the cleaning portion of the appointment, and I never went back. I'll ask around of folks who like their dentist before I fall for all the 'newest technology' and 'caring environment' rhetoric from these referral services!
All I can say is try finding a dentist by referral of friends, family, or acquaintences. Don't look through a phone book and pick one at random.
: It is hard to tell you how to find a 'good' dentist. I happen to work for an excellent dentist who is also a wonderful person. He is not in this for the almighty dollar. He in fact often, more so than not, reduces the fees for his patients if they can't afford work. He'll wave copays or deductibles. It is just luck for me that I have found someone great to work for.
: If you find one who will sit down with you and just talk for half and hour about your concerns and make a treatment plan stick with him. If he has 10 patients in the waiting room and you are stuck waiting to see him for 30 or more minutes, he may not be willing to take the time to talk to you.
: I would also say, start with easy appointments first. Sounds like you have some major work to do, but you need to build your confidence and trust with the doctor first. Try a simple filling first. And for heavens sake, run from the room if they attempt to work on you without you being numb. That is inexcusable.
: A general dentist is certainly qualified to treat you for the fillings as well as a partial or a bridge. There are times though, that the general dentist feels more comfortable referring you to a specialist. I would rather him do that than attempt to do a root canal or extraction that he's not confident he can do.
: I wish you all the luck. I know it seems like a long road, but you will get there. I too am a very impatient person and want everything yesterday ;) but have patience and you will get there.

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