humanrefutation wrote:I haven't had a cavity since I was in elementary school. But my dentist has been encouraging me to get a root canal and crown for the last three years, even as the xrays have shown nothing getting worse. Even if I try to get the root canal in December and the crown in January so I can use up my annual maximums on my dental insurance in both years, I'll still be out hundreds of dollars.
I honestly wonder sometimes how much of dentistry is just upselling unnecessary procedures.
I have thought the same thing. I had a similar experience. I had a dentist in Cudahy tell me that I need a crown, and since we had used up our insurance allotment - I was going to have to pay over $1,500 to get it done.
My wife and I were planning a trip to Belarus and I decided I would just do it over there and get like a 90% discount. When I got to the dentist, he did an exam on me. I didn't tell him I was interested in a crown because I wanted to see what he said. He didn't even mention the tooth in question. After he said everything was ok, I asked him about the tooth in question - he said it was fine. No big deal. I debated on if I should just tell him and get it done, but i was sorta sketched out on the dentist so I didn't do it.
A year later I went to a different dentist office, and right away she told me I needed to get a crown. I think dentists over here are just more aggressive with treatment. I ended up getting it done.