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    After reading all of the posts on drain cleaning companies gouging clients I thought I would share what happened to me this week. I was going to make an appointment to have my teeth cleaned at my normal Dentist. My wife insisted instead I go to her new place and take advantage of their $39 special for new patients. For $39 they are suppose to clean your teeth, x-ray your teeth and give you an exam.

    Because it seemed like a great deal I took advantage of it. First I had my x-rays taken and the tech told me I had great teeth and other than my recent crown she did not see anything. She then escorted me to the exam room. The Dentist came in and talked so fast you could hardly understand her. She started out by telling me I have 5-cavities four of which she wants to use their CAD system to make partial crowns for. The fifth tooth she wanted to do a standard filling. Keep in mind I see the Dentist twice a year and only have 2-cavities in 57-years. She told me she would have to work on the price for the work and then we get into discussing the cleaning.

    She explains my teeth need a deep cleaning not a standard cleaning. I finally stopped her and told her she had used a lot of big words which might make sense to her but not to me. When I asked her to use layman terms I was better able to figure out the game. It seems she wanted to credit the $39 cleaning so the deep cleaning was only going to cost $519. She told me the $39 cleaning was only for the top of the teeth. I explained to her my normal Dentist goes below my gum line. She then said they would too but not too low.

    I am now moved to the Dental Hygienist area. She pulls almost the exact same line on me and I tell her no just the $39 cleaning for today. She basically used a water pick type device on the teeth above the gum line and put a little polish on my teeth and said she was done. I asked her about below the gum line and she told me I would have to pay for the deep cleaning for $519 plus return 4-times a year for a $79 maintenance cleaning if I wanted any more.

    When I got home I looked for reviews on the Internet. There were only two reviews both gave them a 1-out-of-5. Both reviews complained about the bait-and-switch deep cleaning.

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

  • #2
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    Sometimes I don't get it.

    Nobody likes the bait & switch. If you can't be honest about who you are and what you represent, then why should someone trust your product.

    But then again, I'm not that rich either.

    J.C.

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    • #3
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      Unfortunately we have it in every trade...plumber to judge, now to doctor? The honest and fair ones will survive the times.

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      • #4
        Re: Dental Abuse Dr. abuse

        Mark ,I can do better,I think. 40 Years ago I put a drill into the middle of My 3rd digit finger
        knuckle. Fine till this year,pain and can't close it. 1/2 hr. at hand surgeon,3 x rays.
        $647.00 . Problem arthritis take Advil. Insurance pays it all, thank My wife !
        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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        • #5
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          Mark, what you describe is all too common, especially with these dental type franchises. How can you really trust what they are telling you unless you have been to another dentist to compare findings?

          Myself and my family have been seeing a dental group for years which gives a us a break through my Union. I see a pattern there of fillings becoming crowns and eventually when they fail, an extraction is done and the ground work is laid for a implant at around $2000 or $3000.

          Do we really need to have that "old" filling replaced with a crown? How savy can we be when dealing with all these different professionals? Remember the scene from the movie "Moon Struck", something about all the pipes having to be changed, all I use is brass and it's very expensive?

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
            Mark, what you describe is all too common, especially with these dental type franchises. How can you really trust what they are telling you unless you have been to another dentist to compare findings?

            Myself and my family have been seeing a dental group for years which gives a us a break through my Union. I see a pattern there of fillings becoming crowns and eventually when they fail, an extraction is done and the ground work is laid for a implant at around $2000 or $3000.

            Do we really need to have that "old" filling replaced with a crown? How savy can we be when dealing with all these different professionals? Remember the scene from the movie "Moon Struck", something about all the pipes having to be changed, all I use is brass and it's very expensive?
            I've already made an appointment with my regular Dentist so I will know soon. The entire time I was at the other place I felt like I was in a Time-Share sales pitch.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
              Re: Dental Abuse

              Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
              Mark, what you describe is all too common, especially with these dental type franchises. How can you really trust what they are telling you unless you have been to another dentist to compare findings?

              Myself and my family have been seeing a dental group for years which gives a us a break through my Union. I see a pattern there of fillings becoming crowns and eventually when they fail, an extraction is done and the ground work is laid for a implant at around $2000 or $3000.

              Do we really need to have that "old" filling replaced with a crown? How savy can we be when dealing with all these different professionals? Remember the scene from the movie "Moon Struck", something about all the pipes having to be changed, all I use is brass and it's very expensive?
              "And then there's the pipe I use, Copper. It costs money, because it saves money....."

              Close.

              J.C.

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              • #8
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                I need a Dentist bad but have not found one I trust. Right know I have pain in a crown, how can I have pain in a crown if it was done right? I can relate to customers who don't trust plumbers.

                wookie

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                • #9
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                  Wookie

                  Did you have a root canal before the crown work was done? If not you most likely have nerve damages. If there is constant pain or if hot food/beverages cause more pain, you really should see a Board Certified Endodontist rather than just a dentist.

                  I wish you good luck with getting fixed up and hope this link is helpful.
                  https://aaeecom.aae.org/aaeeweb/Find....aspx?state=CA
                  Last edited by Woussko; 05-27-2010, 01:36 AM.

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                  • #10
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                    mark, the scary part is you put your teeth in the cup to soak overnight

                    rick.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dental Abuse WHY MY BEST CUSTOMERS ARE DENTISTS

                      On one we have done around $600,000 in remodeling and repairs. Why they never signed on to H.M.O'S LIKE THE DOCTORS.!! He told Me this !
                      I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by wookie View Post
                        I need a Dentist bad but have not found one I trust. Right know I have pain in a crown, how can I have pain in a crown if it was done right? I can relate to customers who don't trust plumbers.

                        wookie
                        Same problem was told it is the teeth beside the crown making you think it is that tooth.
                        Last time I try to fix it myself. Next time I will hire a PROFESSIONAL.

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                        • #13
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                          Some years ago Readers Digest had an article about this very problem. It has always stuck with me.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by wookie View Post
                            I need a Dentist bad but have not found one I trust. Right know I have pain in a crown, how can I have pain in a crown if it was done right? I can relate to customers who don't trust plumbers.

                            wookie
                            By not cleaning around it properly. You can get gum disease and that can ruin your heart from the bacteria. But sure it might not be done right. Some people think because they have a root canal there can be no more problems with it but that is simply not true.

                            Do some research on your dentist.....if he has attended more business college than dentistry then you might should find another dentist. Many have awards that they pay for plastered all over their walls. Achievement awards from groups that you buy a memebership to.
                            Last edited by TheMaster; 07-22-2011, 09:30 AM.

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                            • #15
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                              The girl who cleans my teeth has been reminding me of dealing with a car salesman for the past year or so. I had my teeth cleaned a couple of days ago and all of a sudden I need 4 fillings that I didn't need 3 months ago. They also have a "For lease" sigh in half of their building now. The last 3 or 4 times I have seen her she strikes me as trying to drum up work.

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