scaling & root planing (123) 
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 scaling & root planing (123)

Very good advice, Nick.

Cheers,

Joel M. Eichen, D.D.S.

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>I asked on this newsgroup a few months ago, because a dentist I saw
>told me I needed to get scaling & root planing at a cost of $480, and
>a tooth capped for more $$$.  
>I went to a dental hygiene school; after taking x-rays and looking at
>my teeth they told me I didn't need the scaling and root planing, just a
>tooth cleaning.  And that I didn't need the cracked tooth capped unless
>it started to bother me.  

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Sun, 20 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 scaling & root planing (123)

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> I asked on this newsgroup a few months ago, because a dentist I saw
> told me I needed to get scaling & root planing at a cost of $480, and
> a tooth capped for more $$$.

> It did hurt a lot.  That's one thing a dentist would have done, give me
> local anesthesia.  I kept on yelping when they stuck sharp instruments
> into raw places under my gumline, and gasping "more of that anesthetic
> cream, put on more!"

> A commercial dentist must care a lot more about keeping their patients
> from hurting a lot, but they might skip on cleaning the painful parts
> under the gumline to please the customer, too.

> I had answered an ad for the tooth cleaning for $59 by a dentist.  I'm
> embarassed to say it, because the ad turned out to be the inducement to
> come in the door and be sold a tooth cleaning for $480.

Pain control is EXTREMELY important to most practicing dentists.  That
is the single thing feared the most about dental treatment.  It takes
more time, requires more skill, and *costs* more to be "pain-free".

Scaling and root-planing is a judgement call and can be abused.  It can
also be passed over in an effort to keep the patient happy.  Either
situation is wrong.

You did get treatment.  You sacrificed comfort for money,  That's OK.
The important thing now is:  Are you brushing and FLOSSING to prevent
this problem from coming back, and will you get regular cleanings in the
future?  The health of your gums is definitely at stake.

SWF DDS



Mon, 21 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 
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