Dental work - possibly going elsewhere

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Dental work - possibly going elsewhere

Post by michaeljc70 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:01 pm

I'm going to try and keep this short. Basically, I went to the dentist because I thought I lost part of a filling and food was getting stuck in between (or in) 2 teeth. I had to wait 3 weeks to get in. It turned out to be a cavity between two teeth. The dentist said I should not wait long on this, and then the receptionist scheduled me for 2/25. That, combined with several other issues (minor, but annoying), I want to have the work done elsewhere.

I have a "Proposed Treatment Plan" detailing the work (not complicated, 2 filing, resin, teeth 30,31) and a price of $325. My question is can I have this done elsewhere easily without getting a new exam, x-rays, etc? There was a another practice I went to in the last 2 years that has x-rays and I thought about contacting them.

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Post by Thegame14 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:45 pm

I assume each new dentist will want x-rays to cover their own a** I mean for liability reasons...

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Post by carolinaman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:15 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:45 pm
I assume each new dentist will want x-rays to cover their own a** I mean for liability reasons...
+1. You will have to be examined by new dentist and probably require their own Xrays. Therefore, you will not save money and may pay more. You will have to decide if it is worth it.

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Post by BarbBrooklyn » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:30 am

I would ask to be put on a cancellation list; I would also call and ask to speak to the dentist directly and tell her/him that reception isn't giving you a timely appointment.

You might also consider asking that the x-rays be sent to the other dentist; my dentist does this routinely when I have to be seen by a periodontist.
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Post by SlowMovingInvestor » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:36 am

These days x-rays are often digital, so it should be easy to ask the dentist's aides to put them on a USB drive and take them to another office.
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Post by HoosierJim » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:37 am

Get the xrays from the previous dentist unless something has changed since then.
Dental X-rays are one of the most common sources of X-ray exposure. Whilst they are an important diagnostic tool, X-rays are a known human carcinogen and there is no threshold below which exposure is considered totally safe. So clinical guidance indicates that X-rays should only be undertaken if the clinical benefits to the patient warrant the risk. The financial arrangements of the physician or their patient should not come into play.
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Post by adamthesmythe » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:52 am

I'm guessing that x-rays are part of your medical record, and consequently you are entitled to them. You can probably get them sent to a new dentist, although possibly for a fee.

While I am not a dentist I suspect a different dentist will want current x-rays.

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Post by dbr » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:53 am

BarbBrooklyn wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:30 am
I would ask to be put on a cancellation list; I would also call and ask to speak to the dentist directly and tell her/him that reception isn't giving you a timely appointment.
I agree the first step is that reception may not be recognizing this is not something to postpone. That should already be in your records that they look at when you call in. If they really can't take you for something like this for that long, there would be the reason to find another dentist permanently. It could be that a larger clinic would be more flexible. Is this dentist an individual practice? -- but even then there must be some contingency in scheduling when the need is there.

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Post by aspirit » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 am

Thats the new paradigm. An oral wellness treatment plan vs., a cavity/whatnot/ being stabilized & repaired.
Many teaching hospitals/dental schools treat patients with the latest and greatest for modest financial costs. If you have the time, and costs, they will address it. Your call.
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Post by adamthesmythe » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:18 am

aspirit wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 am
Thats the new paradigm. An oral wellness treatment plan vs., a cavity/whatnot/ being stabilized & repaired.
Many teaching hospitals/dental schools treat patients with the latest and greatest for modest financial costs. If you have the time, and costs, they will address it. Your call.
Good luck!
If OP goes to the clinic where students are trained- he will be treated by a student- and I think I can guarantee it won't be faster than his current dentist. In a clinic I was familiar with, at least two visits were required, one for just evaluation.

If OP can get into the faculty practice- they can be very good.

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Post by msi » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:58 pm

I have done exactly this with the x-rays from my previous dentist. All I had to do was fill out a HIPAA form, and they emailed them to me. No fee.

Don't know if that's the law or office policies, but I had no problems, and I did not need new x-rays taken just a few weeks after the last ones.
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Post by 123 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:24 pm

If the dentist practices in multiple offices (different days) you might try calling one of his alternative offices and see if you could be seen there earliar. In my area a number of dentists seem to split office locations. Dr Brown is in one location Monday and Tuesday but she's in an office in another city Wednesday and Thursday. It seems the most common with dental specialists like orthodontics or oral surgery.
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Post by michaeljc70 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:31 pm

123 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:24 pm
If the dentist practices in multiple offices (different days) you might try calling one of his alternative offices and see if you could be seen there earliar. In my area a number of dentists seem to split office locations. Dr Brown is in one location Monday and Tuesday but she's in an office in another city Wednesday and Thursday. It seems the most common with dental specialists like orthodontics or oral surgery.
I'm going to call this afternoon and see if they can get me in sooner with another dentist. That seems the easiest thing.

The funny thing is, the dentist that saw me suggested a night guard. She said I could get a generic one at Walgreen. For custom, she said it was around $625 at the location I was at, but around $350 at the other practice she worked at :oops: I should have asked what the name of the other practice was.

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Post by celia » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:43 pm

michaeljc70 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:31 pm
For custom, she said it was around $625 at the location I was at, but around $350 at the other practice she worked at :oops: I should have asked what the name of the other practice was.
Google the dentist's name or call and ask. If the guard costs less at the other office, the fillings might also be less expensive there. (lower rent and overhead???)

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Post by toofache32 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:11 pm

celia wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:43 pm
michaeljc70 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:31 pm
For custom, she said it was around $625 at the location I was at, but around $350 at the other practice she worked at :oops: I should have asked what the name of the other practice was.
Google the dentist's name or call and ask. If the guard costs less at the other office, the fillings might also be less expensive there. (lower rent and overhead???)
This dentist works in 2 different practices with different fees and different insurance agreements. I am a dental specialist and also have 2 separate jobs. One is my private practice and the other is a community clinic. Quality of care varies greatly between the two.

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Post by toofache32 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:13 pm

michaeljc70 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:01 pm
I have a "Proposed Treatment Plan" detailing the work (not complicated, 2 filing, resin, teeth 30,31) and a price of $325. My question is can I have this done elsewhere easily without getting a new exam, x-rays, etc? There was a another practice I went to in the last 2 years that has x-rays and I thought about contacting them.
Dentist here. You can easily request a copy of your xrays to take elsewhere. Most state board rules allow them to charge you a nominal fee for copying the records. But the new dentist will still have to do an exam to make sure he/she agrees with the treatment plan.

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Post by michaeljc70 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm

toofache32 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:13 pm
michaeljc70 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:01 pm
I have a "Proposed Treatment Plan" detailing the work (not complicated, 2 filing, resin, teeth 30,31) and a price of $325. My question is can I have this done elsewhere easily without getting a new exam, x-rays, etc? There was a another practice I went to in the last 2 years that has x-rays and I thought about contacting them.
Dentist here. You can easily request a copy of your xrays to take elsewhere. Most state board rules allow them to charge you a nominal fee for copying the records. But the new dentist will still have to do an exam to make sure he/she agrees with the treatment plan.
Thanks. I am going to try and move the appointment up with them as it is just easier given this is less than an hour procedure. Due to this and other issues I'll be switching dentists after this.

I called today at 2:50 and asked if they could move it up, maybe with another doctor. They said they'd call back in 10 minutes. Never got a call back. I'll try tomorrow....If that fails, I'll request the x-rays.
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Post by aspirit » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:23 pm

adamthesmythe wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:18 am
aspirit wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 am
Thats the new paradigm. An oral wellness treatment plan vs., a cavity/whatnot/ being stabilized & repaired.
Many teaching hospitals/dental schools treat patients with the latest and greatest for modest financial costs. If you have the time, and costs, they will address it. Your call.
Good luck!
If OP goes to the clinic where students are trained- he will be treated by a student- and I think I can guarantee it won't be faster than his current dentist. In a clinic I was familiar with, at least two visits were required, one for just evaluation.

If OP can get into the faculty practice- they can be very good.
Tufts Dental School has a daily dental ER room/w/offering /treatment @1pm last i was there.
Anything other than ER work requires 2 or more appts.
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