I'll admit, I haven't been on top of my kids dental health, because of my own fears of the dentist. Anyway, last year I took my 2 oldest to a dentist, they did the full checkup, workup, x-rays, filled the cavities they found in 1 (the other had none), etc, all in 1 day, 1 appointment. Well that dentist left that office, and they brought another in. Fast forward to last week.
Oldest broke a tooth, and all 4 kids needed checkups. They couldn't get the oldest in for 2 days, even with a broken tooth. They were supposed to do the full checkup the same day - it's how I made the appointment. They pulled her tooth, and did NOTHING else - said bring her back another day for the checkup. Brought her back, she has 1 cavity, they said bring her back in 6 weeks to have it filled.
Youngest had his checkup, they found a couple cavities - said bring him back another day to fill them. Brought him back, they only filled one, said they'd do the other in a month.
When I made the appointment for another, I said I know she has 1 cavity, we can see it. She needs a checkup, and that one filled. They did the checkup, found another cavity besides the one. Said bring her back in 6 weeks, and it's going to take 3 appointments of up to 3 hours each to fill that one cavity, then the other will have to be filled sometime after that.
The 4th, yes, cavities, bring back in 6 weeks for fillings.
The oldest 2 have issues with how their adult teeth are coming in, so she referred them to an ortho - ok, fine, whatever, but that appointment's not til after their filling appointments 6 weeks down the road.
So, is it normal to wait so long to fill kids' cavities anymore? Does it really take 9 hours to fill 1 cavity?! (It took 15 minutes for DS's). Why would they want to make them wait 6 weeks, and only do one at a time? Won't they just get worse?! Is she trying to make my kids teeth get worse while we wait, or is she looking to get more money out of their insurance?! (their insurance pays 100% of dental). YES, I am pursuing finding a new dentist RIGHT NOW, and YES, I'm going to call and ask about this dentist (it's part of a chain, I'm calling corporate, going to ask about their policies and complain). YES we will have 2nd opinions but so far, none of my friends' kids' dentists make them wait for fillings - they do everything in 1 day! What's your experience, how do your/your kids' dentists work?
Asked by Anonymous at 10:04 AM on Apr. 20, 2011 in Kids' Health
Answer by VintageWife at 10:18 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by samurai_chica at 10:21 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by Tracys2 at 10:24 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by AngieBry at 10:33 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by AngieBry at 11:22 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
Wow, sounds fishy to me. My kids go to a pediatric dentist and both are in and out within 30 minutes usually.
Answer by 1smartcookie at 8:45 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by christinawillis at 10:01 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
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Answer by Jerichos_Mommy at 4:26 AM on May. 24, 2011