10 Dental Scams Dentists Don’t Want You to Know About

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If you see a dentist for the first time and he tells you that you need a deep cleaning, you’d better prepare your bank account for a “cleaning” as well.

If you skipped regular check-ups then more than one appointment with your doctor will surely be needed.

Dr. Burhenne says “Dental benefits cover about 80% of these services, so it can be lucrative for the dentist to be more aggressive and make a diagnosis calling for deep cleaning”.

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24 thoughts on “10 Dental Scams Dentists Don’t Want You to Know About”

    1. I had bad vibes as soon as I walk’d into idental’s office. I need’d to wait to be seen, look’d around & listen’d to other patients. I was suspicious because most of the patients in the waiting room were young & had been scheduled for prior appts. This Dentist ask’d a young male patient to “like” him on Facebook. Seem’d unethical to me… I believe this could be fraudulent, charging patients for unneeded procedures! My encounter occur’d with a Dentist at idental, address: 1320 Green Bay Rd in Racine, WI. This occur’d about 4 years ago. I still have the info & my next appt. card. I was told by Dr. Ken Antonoff that I need’d a deep cleaning: FMD, a full mouth debridement, & I had a cavity. I did not believe him, so I check’d with my regular Dentist, who did not accept Medicare patients. I had turned 66 in April. I was told the FMD is for people who have not been to a dentist in years. I have been seen every 6 mos. I ask’d about the cavity, that too, was NOT in evidence. Needless to say, I return’d to my dentist who I had seen since 1989.

    2. Actually, “silver” fillings are HALF mercury. They always leek. If you think that mercury isn’t bad for you… think again!

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    Don’t worry, when at 2 am you have excruciating pain because you ignored the diagnosis, call or email the author of this article and see what he can do for you.

    1. Sure, call your dentist at 2 a.m. and he/she will be there waiting for you. You’re lucky if you get his/her answering service

    2. I had the same thing happen. It wAs strange I had 2 cavities abs it was those 2 teeth which needed the deep cleaning. All of the others were fine. Needless to say will not return there.

  2. Try buying supplemental Dental Insurance? Blue Cross said well if Met-life is paying were not? I paid $49 a month for supplemental Ins and it is worthless!

    1. I have had this problem with Humana and BC/BS. The office manager at my Dentist’s practice explained the situation and worked the solution: I supply a copy of the explanation of benefits as received from BC/BS; this form clearly shows that BC/BS, my primary insurance, did not pay anything for my dental procedures. After this proof, Humana will pay.

      This has happened at least twice, and though you may think in a technologically advanced society where computer systems likely have the capability of “flagging” a case so the problem does not constantly re-occur, that would be a false assumption. Apparently, I will need to go through this silliness every time my treatment is more complicated than routine cleanings.

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        This article is very missleading. There are many, many patiencs who need periodontal (deep cleaning) treatment. This whole article missleads potential patients and causes them to mistrust perfectly qualified and ethical dentists.

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          No this article is exactly true to the core ….
          I have been a victim of this and still is suffering the consequences of my stupidity by trusting these greedy dentists !!!

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            Every profession has good and bad people in it. So sorry you had the opportunity to meet one of the “bad apples” in the dental field. They are not all like the ones you met. There are honest dentists out there- sometimes it takes a few bad ones before you meet the good one. Don’t lose all faith yet.

          2. So have I, even suggesting a fluoride treatment not covered by insurance right after I was told that most all of my teeth didn’t have any enamel left on them. Ok, but fluoride treatments can’t do anything for teeth without enamel, and it is a treatment that’s almost always just used for children ! That’s why most insurance does not cover it with adults.

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    Thank you for this article. It has been very enlightening and has corroborated a number of issues I have been having with a number of dentists. One being referring me to a dentist that would charge me for services that the issuance would cover. Performing one service over another because it costs more. Liking taking stays and not completing a cleaning. Failing to diagnose a tooth infection but providing retainers. It has been an exhausting trying to get great dental service. Still haven’t found it yet.

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    I was fortunate to recognize a scam when I saw it. Aspen dental set me up with what they call a consultant that advised me that I needed a series of deep cleanings that involved me purchasing a $300.00 power toothbrush. When I informed them that I would think about it, I was shown the door. I ran for the door and found an excellent dental facility. That deep cleaning that Aspen wanted for $3000.00 was never required.

  5. I am disappointed with the dentists here in Cape Coral. How about they offer X-rays exam and cleaning for $50.TheDr appears and says you will need this,this and this. This reminds me of bait and switch.

  6. I was told that I needed a crown replaced because of leaking near the gum. I didn’t have it done. The next year, the DDS said all was fine! Saved me $900!

  7. My Dentist wants me to pay a$25 PPE fee because he says he’s paying $250 for a box of gloves. Give me $20 & I’ll get a box & keep the change for my trouble. 16 bil was part of the CARES act I believe which made $$$ available to medical professionals & businesses to apply for. Who’s giving me extra China virus $$$ so I can meet the somewhat illegal fees some shady businesses want to impose the consumer. Like my trash company. Paid my yearly fee only to have them call me the next day to tell me I owe them another $50 because they are losing business due to the China Virus. Times that by the residents on the trash route & I think they will have a good Christmas. Gotta pay or they don’t take your trash. Talk about a shake down. Are you kidding me?

  8. If you are unsure of treatment, always ask that the treatment be “pre-authorized” by your insurance. This will tell you exactly what is to be done and how much you will owe. As long as Dentist sticks to the pre-determined treatment. State issued dental insurance is the worst for patients, it pays severely low and dentists that accept it, make up the difference by doing unnecessary/unneeded treatment.

  9. I see a number of businesses and professions could be included in this conversation. A case in point will be high end watch service. I went to a prominent watch dealer in New York City some years back with an Omega day date watch for cleaning and service of the swiss movement. It came back after a month or so after my paying about 600 plus dollars for the service, with a one year warranty. Watch worked erratically , and eventually even stopped working after three months of my complaining. They took it back and called me within two weeks to tell my that the watch warranty needed to be voided, because it was wet with water! I yelled and told told the person, that I would hear none of the hogwash and vowed to fight it all the way. It was a classic Omega and being a watch fan, I would never bring water near it. they eventually folded and did a satisfactory job and turned it back to me.

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