Thursday, August 7, 2008

I ♥ My Dentist

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My Dentist visit was a success! I can hardly believe it! The staff was soooo friendly, so nice, no shame, no lectures. They completely put me at ease, and were very gentle!
Mr. Dentist, was very nice and CUTE in a sweet boyish way. And Ms. Hygienist was very nice too, and kept complimenting me on my clothes. THEN Ms. Office Manger said, "Well i see you are in here for a complimentary x-ray\exam, but it looks as if your insurance covers that anyway. So instead would you like a complementary teeth bleaching?" Are you kidding me, YES!
Ok, so there is a downside to all of this. I need some serious work done. My back molar that is broken, has a cavity and decay... so next Monday I will be getting:
a) Root Canal
b) Crown
c) Filling
Not fun, but better now that i have a dentist that i like and trust. Plus i get my teeth bleached, and that makes me feel better already.
Now i have an evil story to tell about the dentist from last year. This story is also a reminder to get a second opinion if something doesn't feel right:
So last year i went to the dentist, it had been about 7 years since my last visit. They looked at my teeth and then the dentist came in and said your gums are really bad. And then he did this thing where they check how much the gums have receded from the tooth, 0-1 is good, 2-3 is good, 4,5,6,7 etc are very bad. They went through my teeth and said all of them were at a 5, 6 and 7! Then they told me I would have to come back on 2 separate days and have my gums peeled away from my teeth and then cleaned. I questioned them if i really really needed this, because lets face it, the dentist freaks me out. And any procedure that involves peeling the gum away from the tooth, makes me sick! So i said, Well ok, all along thinking, hmmm i don't know about this.
So I asked them if in the mean time can i just get my teeth cleaned, because as you know it has been 7 years. They said NO! we refuse to clean your teeth until you get this procedure done! WHAT!
Yep, they would not clean my teeth. I made my appointment and then i just had this sinking feeling about it all. I talked to a girl who said her mom had the same thing done. But she was also surprised that at such a young age I had to have it done. Her mom was in her 60's and had NEVER gone to the dentist. So I said, Sabrina own your mouth and your voice and don't go. So i cancelled my appointment. Never to return to that office.
So fast forward to the dentist yesterday. They did the same gum check, I had only 1,2 &3! No 5,6, or 7!!!! The dentist said my gums looked great!
Now you are telling me that in a year my gums got miraculously better, because it's not like i brushed and flossed more. I have a feeling that the dental office last year got a little greedy and were trying to do procedures that didn't really need to be done. That is wrong and deceptive. Get the second opinion.

8 comments :

joolee said...

No shame AND free whitening!? Sounds way too good to be true! Hubby and I also have some nightmarish dentist stories involving ungloved bloody cuticles and wisdom tooth extractions gone WAY wrong! We opted for a different dentist, though a certain hygienist can still make me cry (from shame AND pain). It's like she drills you for some dental exam while you're in the chair and if you don't know the molecular make-up of plaque she scrapes even harder along your gum line with that object of torture. WAAAAH!

Shannon said...

Duh! This is why I refuse to have my wisdom teeth pulled!! So stop harrasing.

Sabrina said...

Sally!

heather of the EO said...

WOO HOOOO,
Nothin' but dental bliss for you.
Until that root canal...
By the sounds of it, that'll probably be fun too. They'll offer a free facial or something.

K and/or K said...

email me his # please!! for realz. i need a new one. the posh woodbury one makes me puke they are so chit chatty! i'm not there to talk or make friends or care about how they decorate all swanky. provide the service and send me on my merry way please.
so i need to go here and score that free whitening for sure! maybe for giving them a referral they'll send you to bangkok? we can only hope!

Ellen said...

way to own your mouth! i was told that once gums recede, you can stop them from getting worse, but they don't really go back. sooooo.... i think that first office is full of scam artists!

Bonnie said...

Scary! I will remember that when I get my gums checked next time! I really hate going to the dentist--as a child, I imagined them all with horns! :)

...sensible of shoe said...

I went yesterday too and now my new fake teeth are as white & shiny as my own ever-expanding tush.

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