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Question DetailsAsked on 1/17/2012

Is there a dentist that is honest and doesn't say you need tons of work done when all you went in for was a cleaning ?

My Dentist retired ..i had my teeth cleaned 3 months ago and my teeth were fine ...the new guy says i need a crown replaced at 1,200...and i now have a 235.00 cavity ...I have never needed anything done to my teeth in over 8 years ..When i challenged him and said i want a second opinion..he said another Dentist may look at it and say its fine ...Now what do i do?

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Get a second opinion. Explain what happened and see if another dentist would give you a consult (possibly for free if you tell them you are only wanting the second opionion). If you are in Austin try Dr. Laubach at Advanced Smiles on Parmer Lane.

Answered 8 years ago by Dr. Crawford


It would be wise to seek a second and possibly third opinion. If you have multiple dentists recommending the same treatment, it is probably warranted. Unfortunately, Dentistry is just like any other profession in that different people may have different opinions on how to treat the same problem (Doctors, lawyers, mechanics, plumbers, roofers, etc.) Your dentist should be able to explain why he or she is recommending a particular treatment and what might happen if you choose no treatment. Ultimately, the decision is yours whether or not to proceed with treatment. I believe you should feel comfortable with the person you choose for your health care. Good luck.

Answered 8 years ago by DocBeth

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