Mi name is G, I am 31 years old, live in California and I have gum disease. Well. my dentist, a person with terrible NEWS for me all the time, says so. I mean, I have been visiting this office for over a year already and they are still saying that I need surgery for my gums.
It just feels like they just want my money, but how bad it is my situation for real??
I do not bleed. I don’t have bad breath. I’m not missing my teeth and they still say that I need a 2000 thousand dollar procedure. I have done my deep cleaning, I go to have my maintenance every 4 and 6 months. I’m pretty sure, it has to be something else. Will this surgery to help my gums? Thank you David.
I’m waiting to receive your answer.
G from California.
Answer from Dave:
Hi G. Thank you for asking your question. A number or things come to mind. Are any of your teeth loose? Have you had excessive loss of gum tissue (receding gums).
What is the exact purpose of the proposed surgery? What issue are they trying to address specifically?
Here is what I like to say when a question like this comes up: If you are not sure about what your dentist or doctor is recommending – Go get a second, third or even fourth opinion.
I recommend not telling the new doctors what the old one said, and see what their diagnosis is. Afterwards, you can tell them and see if it changes anything for them.
It is well known and has even been studied: If you go to several dentists you are likely to get a DIFFERENT diagnosis from each one.
My tip for picking or staying with a professional: I like to ask a TON of questions. And I observe not only their answer but HOW they answer. If they get frustrated or seem to not have the time to spend with me – then I take that as a sign to get another doctor.
The bottom line in the dental field JUST LIKE ANY OTHER field is that there are relatively good and relatively bad practitioners. You are a consumer and it is your job to make the best choice for yourself. If you do not feel comfortable with a dentist or doctor, you have every right to leave and find another one that you do feel comfortable with. You are under no obligation to accept a treatment plan that you do not want. If you are not sure – go get more opinions from other qualified and licensed dentists, oral surgeons and periodontists.
Since we are talking about gum disease, if your dentist is not a periodontist – consider going to a periodontist or two to get their opinions.
Don’t be afraid to ‘fire’ your dentist. I have done so. And I have spent time finding a new one – meaning that I visited more than one before deciding. Some dentists are more ‘aggressive’ in their treatments and some are more ‘conservative’ – of course I prefer the conservative side.
The bottom line is that you as a dental consumer are the one who makes the decision about who works on your mouth and what they do. Find someone you trust and feel comfortable with and you will be happier in the long run. Ask lots of questions and observe the behavior of the dental professional carefully before making any decisions.
That’s my best advice on this matter – good luck!
– David Snape
PS: I hope that was helpful to you, if not, please feel free to ask a follow up question.
David Snape is the author of the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease. ISBN: 978-0981485508 – Available online at most book retailer sites. It can also be ordered by most book stores.
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