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I went to the dentist recently and I am suspicious to say the least. Okay, I know I haven't been to the dentist in a while but now I have periodontal disease and 4 cavities? My teeth do not hurt, they have never hurt and the entire time I was at the dentists' office I was told my teeth were beautiful but they will soon fall out if you don't spend out the ass! The more anecdotal evidence I gather the more skeptical of dentists I have become. I want to know if anyone else has had the experience I have or am I just being dumb. Also, if anyone in Noblesville IN has a trustworthy dentist please let me know.
 

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It was Prairie Lakes Dental in Noblesville. I keep hearing more people talk about "preventative" dentistry and that makes me a little suspicious of their motives.
 

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Are your gums red or pink?

Are your gums receding?

Is there blood when you brush your teeth?

If you have any of these you probably have periodontal disease. It's painless until it gets to the advanced stages, and even then it's not a bad pain.

Gum Disease

Read the symptoms at that site and remember - you don't have to have ALL of them. Any ONE could indicate gum disease.

And cavities don't always hurt. They start hurting when they get into the nerves - and if they go that deep the tooth is probably a goner anyway and will require a root canal and crown at the least, and total replacement (read bridge - or a false tooth) at the worst. But for now you could easily have 4 minor to semi-serious cavities that will only get worse if not cared for now.

If you don't believe the guy you went to, get a second opinion. But in my experience, dentists as a rule are not crooks.
 

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No, no, and no. I said that I had bad breath every morning and they popped in a DVD that had a company's name all over it and showed it to me. This will predispose me to thinking I have it. On top of that I spent maybe 10 min. out of an hour long appt. with the actual dentist. Then at the end they brought in "the closer" to explain that I needed everything they had to offer and that in order to love my smile I needed to spend money with them as quick as possible.
 

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No, no, and no. I said that I had bad breath every morning and they popped in a DVD that had a company's name all over it and showed it to me. This will predispose me to thinking I have it. On top of that I spent maybe 10 min. out of an hour long appt. with the actual dentist. Then at the end they brought in "the closer" to explain that I needed everything they had to offer and that in order to love my smile I needed to spend money with them as quick as possible.[/b]
While one of the early signs of gum disease is bad breath, it's not a positive indicator. And most people's breath in the morning could be called 'bad'. Sounds as if the dentist may be sharing his practice with a periodontal expert, and, like a surgeon, they tend to be aggressive with their treatment - not for money, but because it's what they do best.

But even if that's the case, that still doesn't address the potential cavities.

I'd call back, get the exact tooth numbers of the suspect teeth and go to another dentist to have them check you over. DON'T mention gum disease or the cavities to the second dentist and see if s/he brings it up as well. If they say you have cavities in the same teeth, and talk about periodontal disease, then I would tend to believe them and get it taken care of. Preventative dental care is real. But as with any other profession, some dentists and other dental experts may take it further than necessary. You just have to find someone you trust. Look for a dentist the same way you would look for a good mechanic - start with recommendations and take it from there.

Your other option is to do nothing and wait to see if any teeth start to hurt or if your gums start to bleed or you start losing teeth.

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That is exactly what I was going to do-get a second opinion. I know there is always a huge chance that all of this is true. I just didn't get the best feeling from them. I also think they may have seen my insurance-it's pretty decent. I just don't like feeling pressured into anything which is what I felt from them.
 

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I had a dentist tell me metal fillings were useless and that I should have them all replaced with the white ones. I switched dentists and the new one told me the exact opposite. So, I switched dentists again, and now I've found a good-n-honest one. I really like that now the dentist does the entire visit with me- there's no dental assistant. It's just a dentist and a secretary.
 

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I'm currently undergoing a very expensive procedure (Bone Graph/Implant). I went ahead and did some research on it on the internet and found the what the specialist was stating was consistent with what I read online. I also need that particular tooth to eat properly, so I have no choice.

I probably would have saved $5000 (extractions, treatment for infection, root canal, crown) over the years had I gotten my wisdom tooth removed 10 years ago.
 

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Man I hate going to the dentist.

I have a tooth that I need pulled, and a few cavities that need to be fixed. I am going soon, but I dont like it. My guy seems ok. When I had him pull out my wisdom tooth tho it was odd. He freaked out when I asked to see the tooth. I assume it is because some people get woosy or sick over that sort of thing. But man it made me feel really uncomfortable cuz he basically yelled at his assistant for saying I could see the tooth. I was like thinking to myself... It is my damn tooth and I can do whatever I want with it... LOL
 

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Man I hate going to the dentist.

I have a tooth that I need pulled, and a few cavities that need to be fixed. I am going soon, but I dont like it. My guy seems ok. When I had him pull out my wisdom tooth tho it was odd. He freaked out when I asked to see the tooth. I assume it is because some people get woosy or sick over that sort of thing. But man it made me feel really uncomfortable cuz he basically yelled at his assistant for saying I could see the tooth. I was like thinking to myself... It is my damn tooth and I can do whatever I want with it... LOL[/b]
I got a glimpse of my bloody extracted tooth covered in bloody pulp once. It's not a pretty sight nor was it a surprise to me. It's basically twisted and ripped out of your jaw.
 

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Go to a dental school. You will get a definitive diagnosis, and if you're paying out of pocket, it's cheaper. Don't worry about the student thing, there's a prof looking over the student's shoulder.
 

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Man I hate going to the dentist.

I have a tooth that I need pulled, and a few cavities that need to be fixed. I am going soon, but I dont like it. My guy seems ok. When I had him pull out my wisdom tooth tho it was odd. He freaked out when I asked to see the tooth. I assume it is because some people get woosy or sick over that sort of thing. But man it made me feel really uncomfortable cuz he basically yelled at his assistant for saying I could see the tooth. I was like thinking to myself... It is my damn tooth and I can do whatever I want with it... LOL[/b]
I think you're absolutely right... it is your tooth and you can do whatever you want with it... you should have demanded to see it :) ... frick, you can even demand to have it!
 

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You're gonna call me crazy here....but..... take an 18 month enlistment into whatever branch you want and get every little thing health wise done in 18 months. Plan it out so you never qualified to be deployed :yesnod: I've been in 4 yrs, but I've had: PRK Laser Eye Correction, Rebuilt Rotator Cuff, all dental work, and they fixed a tear in my right MCL I never even knew I had. Even though they don't pay alot, it's been the most financially benificial 4 years of my life!

P.S. None of that happened on duty. Either PT or Football for the Unit :)
 

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Ya they did show me the tooth, it was rather boring. But just the way he acted bugged me.

ya we have a cheap dental place here and I think they use students. I might end up there dont know how good my dental insurance is yet, never used it... LOL
 

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I had my wisdom teeth taken care of at a dental school, and I'll vote that direction as well. Insurance pays the same anyway (and dental coverage generally sucks compared to medical).

I definitely vote second opinion. Some professionals advocate more extreme treatments than others for the same diagnosis.
 

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My current dentist is a good guy so I can't complain but in the back of my mind I always wondered if they screwed around in there. I mean look at all the tools they use to "clean" your teeth then out of no where you have a cavity. You could carve your name in a rock with some of those picks and scrapers.

My worst experience was getting my wisdom teeth pulled. On the first attempt I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. I woke up thinking it was over then I saw them poking an IV into my arm, what fun. On the second attempt they didn't want me under so I was essentially up the entire time while they removed 4 teeth. I felt EVERYTHING and it was horrible. I remember the doctor saying, "Oh, you couldn't have felt anything." Thankfully he prescribed vicodin which made the pain go bye bye but I was still out of commission for over a week.
 

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Ah, yes, the "Resurrect a 13 year old thread about dentists on a Mazda forum" trick - gets me every time.
 
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