THE DENTAL VISIT...by b. Malin

The Dental Chair and Equipment
The Dental Chair and Equipment
The Dentist
The Dentist
Me...
Me...

SMILE, YOUR DENTIST CARES...

Today I went to see my Dentist...I have to start off by telling all of you that I was not a "Happy Camper"...No, I was not...Let me go back to the beginning of this little caper.

I had gone to see my Dentist back in the end of October, and she announced to me that I needed a CROWN on the upper back tooth, RIGHT side of my mouth. "Really"? I said, "It doesn't hurt or bother me". Dead stare, before she replies, "Well the Hygienist will be in to clean your teeth and than we'll discuss it further". Exit the Dentist...Enter the Hygienist.

I have to tell you, I hate (I know it's a STRONG word) the idea of the Hygienist poking that horrible PIC in my mouth, it HURTS and makes it BLEED. Why do they put us through this TORTURE! And I'll tell you something else, I swear every time Lover Man or I get a cleaning with that PIC, we loose a filling within a Month or two...

Done with the cleaning...Exit the Hygienist...Enter the Dentist. I say, "I would have thought that I needed a Crown on my LEFT upper back tooth". "Well you don't" she replies back, I'll X-Ray it"...and she does. "Nothing wrong with it" she smiles Triumphantly. "Ok," I say, but I'm leaving for Florida right after Thanksgiving". "Mmmm", I see she is thinking. "Well it will have to wait until you get back...and when is that"? "April I reply, I'm sure it will be fine...and you're sure my left side is ok"? She is now GLARING through me. "I'll see you in April" she say's as she exits from the room. Not a Happy woman...maybe we should be taking her to Florida.

We are in Florida having eggs for Breakfast, our first breakfast in the Condo. The date is December 5th and suddenly I feel a piece of metal in my mouth...I spit it out. Can you guess what it was? RIGHT...It is half the FILLING from my upper LEFT side of my mouth! What a SURPRISE! And I am determined to live with it until I return in April...And I do.

Now I'm back and am being seen by the Terror, I mean my Dentist. Will she admit, that she made a mistake?...Not on your Life...Oh No, she is still insisting it's the RIGHT SIDE, BACK UPPER TOOTH that still needs a crowd...Oh, and so does NOW... the UPPER LEFT tooth that I lost the filling in. She also insisted that she never X-Rayed the UPPER LEFT SIDE... HELP! Of course if I wasn't happy being a patient here...Her voice trails off. I say, "but I remember you X-Raying it"...Then I think, "what the ----" to myself, smile sweetly as she tells me I'll need two more sessions for the Crown. I Make the appointment at the front desk. I know after this Crown is done... I'm so out of there!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

They never apologize or say they are wrong. Sorry that you have to go through this. I have been there myself and it angers me so much all the stuff that doctors, dentists, and veterinarians get away with.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Get another dentist.

My dental office sold me some partials that never did fit, could not be fitted, and could not be worn. Now they want to sell me some new ones, but no credit for the botched ones.

Guess where I'm going?


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Some dental hygienists are pretty good but one almost drown me squirting water and poking. I had a gum disease and had to get dentures about 15 years which ended my 6 month check-ups and that hateful metal tooth pick.


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revybaby 5 years ago from On the Road

I agree with WillStarr -- why are you even going to her for the crown? There are so many dentists who do a great job that you shouldn't have to put up with this. I know that the hygenist has a big effect on how you feel about the dentist -- I can hardly get my husband to the dentist because of one horrible hygenist years ago!

In the meantime, I hope your mouth feels better.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

My old dentist defrauded the government and ended up in prison. My new dentist is a great guy, really good looking, but he has a slight tremor!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Now I know you really didn't say, "What the ----" to yourself.

Wait maybe you did! I had a dentist fix the wrong tooth once and it has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since. Besides the fact that it costs you an arm and a leg to have them torture you.

Funny story and I feel your pain!

The Frog


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Amen to that Susan...Pardon the Pun, but it left such a Bitter Taste in my Mouth for her lying to me...Thanks for commenting. I'll be by to read your Hubs as well.

WillStarr, I hope you tell them to give your CREDIT on the old ones, towards the new ones...and let's hope they are a GOOD fit.

Hopefully NOT in his HANDS, Breakfastpops. The BIGGEST SUICIDE RATE IS IN THE DENTAL FIELD...How about that?

Ah thanks Frog Prince...I look forward to being TORTURED when I go back...NOT...And maybe then I will MOUTH IT OUT LOUD!

So sorry for your experience Fiddleman...It's a Scary thing...and you wonder how necessary the cleaning (ha) really are.

Revybaby, the only reason I'm going back is the Hygienist also took THREE X-Rays (two didn't come out,) because she used the LARGE mouth piece, which I gagged on) I have a small mouth and finally she got a picture when she put in the small mouth piece...I don't want to start with another Dentist and subject ME to more X-RAYS.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Time for a new dentist! I would suggest mine,but he's too far for you...tee hee


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

You are so Cute Fosillady...and I will find a new Dentist...It is time! Thanks for stopping by.


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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX

oh god oh god oh god. thats all i can say.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

What a horrible experience. The sooner you change the better, it would seem.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Dentist's are all tarred with the same brush. Firstly, they smile sweetly when you scream because they are torturing you. Then they tell you a story of what is wrong with your teeth. Then just as you try to wriggle out of the chair, they say that will cost £££££ and don't forget to make another appointment when you pay the receptionist. lol And that is just the dentist that you do trust. Cut and run b. lol


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Chspublish, I intend to as soon as this Crown is complete.

Let me add Taylorwise, I think my Trust in Dentists is waning...

Good advise Bluestar, and I intent to take it real soon!


arb 5 years ago

My dog has never had a dental problem so I started going to the vet for dental work. My dog still doesn't have any problems but I've started eating his food. Oh well, still walking upright!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

You are too Funny Arb...Right you're kidding RIGHT??


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh - I am so glad I read this! You have given me just the incentive I need to write about my dental visit yesterday. A trip that no one will beleive. I am so darn angry. I totally understand how you feel. I just don't know what is going on with the dental profession. You created a great story our of your dental visit. I hope I do half as well. Thanks, my friend. :) vocalcoach


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

It's not just the Dentist...the so called Professionals are now what they used to be...I look forward to read your Hub too, Vocalcoach.


Tarah_ 5 years ago

Ah, brings back fond memories of what I have been through in the past, like the wrong tooth being targetted for a filling. I am wary of dentists now and only go when I really, really need to.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I know what you mean Tarah...I now have a Good Understanding with this Dentist...But still my Guard is up. I actually have an appointment on Wed. for a Crown. WISH ME LUCK!


Tarah_ 5 years ago

Good luck! I don't envy you...


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Interesting Hub on a Dental problem. Funny but not so funny. Much pain and misery in the Dentist's office. Me too - gum disease - a partial, became a denture. Many procedures - ouch! I will read more of your Hubs. Thanks.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Deb,

It's so hard to find a really Good Dentist...We haven't had much luck, and are now in between Dentists having departed from this one. I'm so glad you stopped by, and added your Important Comments as well. Thank You.

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