Changing Dentists 
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 Changing Dentists

What is the accepted protocol when changing dentists - if there is any?  I
felt disappointed by the current work and treatment of a dentist I had gone
to for ten years and told him I was getting another opinion from my
husband's dentist (who he said was a classmate).  The former dentist never
sent the x-rays even though I requested multiple times and finally his
office forwarded a few from 1998 not the 2000 ones.  But the new dentist is
very busy, not taking new patients and made me wait almost 6 months for a
repair.  He did a great job but I'm not sure he wants to pick up where the
other one left off.  Also he has an unpleasant office manager who makes it
impossible to speak him to him.  No cleaning or further appointments were
scheduled.  What do I do (other than kill off my spouse and tell his office
I'm the replacement patient)? rjk


Fri, 11 Jul 2003 07:38:28 GMT
 Changing Dentists
rjk--

        Were you dissatisfied with your old dentist for 10 years, or only
recently?
Why not try to find a dentist who will give you the attention you deserve?
        Assuming you can find a skilled, ethical dentist, just call for an
appointment.  Call the old dentist and request a copy of your records and
x-rays be sent to either you or the new dentist.  The dentist will probably ask
you to sign a release, authorizing him/her to release the records, if they are
to be sent to anyone other than you.
        Dentistry is regulated by state.  In NY State, the patient is entitled
to a copy of their records, including any x-rays.  The patient is not entitled
to the originals, which are the property of the dentist.  The dentist may
charge a "reasonable" (not defined) fee for their duplication.  I won't charge
the patient--I think it generates ill will.  I think most dentists also won't
charge.
        Don't feel embarassed to ask for the records or inform the old dentist
you will be seeking treatment elsewhere.  This is a routine occurrence for all
dentists.

Steve

Quote:

> What is the accepted protocol when changing dentists - if there is any?  I
> felt disappointed by the current work and treatment of a dentist I had gone
> to for ten years and told him I was getting another opinion from my
> husband's dentist (who he said was a classmate).  The former dentist never
> sent the x-rays even though I requested multiple times and finally his
> office forwarded a few from 1998 not the 2000 ones.  But the new dentist is
> very busy, not taking new patients and made me wait almost 6 months for a
> repair.  He did a great job but I'm not sure he wants to pick up where the
> other one left off.  Also he has an unpleasant office manager who makes it
> impossible to speak him to him.  No cleaning or further appointments were
> scheduled.  What do I do (other than kill off my spouse and tell his office
> I'm the replacement patient)? rjk



Fri, 11 Jul 2003 09:10:53 GMT
 Changing Dentists


Quote:
> What is the accepted protocol when changing dentists - if there is any?

Many people call and tell the dentist they are relocating to Peru .....

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Quote:
> felt disappointed by the current work and treatment of a dentist I had
gone
> to for ten years and told him I was getting another opinion from my
> husband's dentist (who he said was a classmate).  The former dentist never
> sent the x-rays even though I requested multiple times and finally his
> office forwarded a few from 1998 not the 2000 ones.

Have the new dentist request them ....

Quote:
> But the new dentist is
> very busy, not taking new patients and made me wait almost 6 months for a
> repair.  He did a great job but I'm not sure he wants to pick up where the
> other one left off.  Also he has an unpleasant office manager who makes it
> impossible to speak him to him.  No cleaning or further appointments were
> scheduled.  What do I do (other than kill off my spouse and tell his
office
> I'm the replacement patient)? rjk

Hey! This could be a good legal defense for {*filter*} One.


Fri, 11 Jul 2003 09:20:39 GMT
 Changing Dentists
Hi Steve,

Am I the only one who got a suggestion from reading the original posting
that there was a captive insurance plan in force?

Dear rjk,  Are you limited to going to a dental office on a specific list
for PPO or HMO/DMO insurance??

Dr.  Steve
--
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Please note that it is impossible to diagnose dental or medical conditions
and problems without a full examination in person and reviewing the entire
history.  These posts are only intended to be helpful and informative.
Always seek the advise of your dentist prior to following any advice given
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
Troy, Michigan     U.S.A.

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Quote:
> rjk--

>         Were you dissatisfied with your old dentist for 10 years, or only
> recently?
> Why not try to find a dentist who will give you the attention you deserve?
>         Assuming you can find a skilled, ethical dentist, just call for an
> appointment.  Call the old dentist and request a copy of your records and
> x-rays be sent to either you or the new dentist.  The dentist will
probably ask
> you to sign a release, authorizing him/her to release the records, if they
are
> to be sent to anyone other than you.
>         Dentistry is regulated by state.  In NY State, the patient is
entitled
> to a copy of their records, including any x-rays.  The patient is not
entitled
> to the originals, which are the property of the dentist.  The dentist may
> charge a "reasonable" (not defined) fee for their duplication.  I won't
charge
> the patient--I think it generates ill will.  I think most dentists also
won't
> charge.
>         Don't feel embarassed to ask for the records or inform the old
dentist
> you will be seeking treatment elsewhere.  This is a routine occurrence for
all
> dentists.

> Steve


> > What is the accepted protocol when changing dentists - if there is any?
I
> > felt disappointed by the current work and treatment of a dentist I had
gone
> > to for ten years and told him I was getting another opinion from my
> > husband's dentist (who he said was a classmate).  The former dentist
never
> > sent the x-rays even though I requested multiple times and finally his
> > office forwarded a few from 1998 not the 2000 ones.  But the new dentist
is
> > very busy, not taking new patients and made me wait almost 6 months for
a
> > repair.  He did a great job but I'm not sure he wants to pick up where
the
> > other one left off.  Also he has an unpleasant office manager who makes
it
> > impossible to speak him to him.  No cleaning or further appointments
were
> > scheduled.  What do I do (other than kill off my spouse and tell his
office
> > I'm the replacement patient)? rjk



Sat, 12 Jul 2003 06:05:46 GMT
 Changing Dentists

suggestion from reading the original posting

Quote:
> that there was a captive insurance plan in force?
>Are you limited to going to a dental office on a specific list
> for PPO or HMO/DMO insurance??

Not really.  I had 2 dental insurances, one of which through my spouse was a
PPO that I had never used.  I just really didn't know where to go since I
had been satisfied for 10 years.  I was referred by dentist #1 to an
arrogant periodonist that seemed to think he "shit ice cream" to put it
rather bluntly and told me that I needed about $10,000 worth of work.  I
told him I was shocked, had always had care, spent money and could readily
spend $5,000 and he said not to bother.  Neither of these were in the
limited plan.  I went to a PPO for the second opinion and he referred me to
a periodonist that was not in the PPO.  So I paid and was relatively
satisfied (nice guy, seems to do good work but the office was closed once
when I went for a scheduled appointment and no one had bothered to tell me
and I have to premedicate which in itself is annoying). Currently my
insurance is used up and my husband is retiring so again his is not really
an option.  But it  is difficult as a lay person.  As a woman I might ask
another woman where she had her hair cut, but frankly I don't think I would
ask where she had her teeth done. rjk


Sat, 12 Jul 2003 10:36:13 GMT
 
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