I've been there for regular cleaning and stuff about five times now. Just boring. Not torture. Apparently the gal that cleans my teeth knows how do it without the torture aspect. And not once was there some sort of shaming lecture about flossing or soaking my teeth in expensive chemicals (which I would not approve of).
They fixed a tooth I broke. And they replaced a mercury filling. I like Ike's passion about removing the mercury. During the procedure they had a giant vacuum thing next to my head to remove any possible mercury vapor to make sure that I didn't have any going in my nose or anything. He was extremely concerned about the toxicity of the mercury.
With the broken tooth thing, they did point out that there was a spot under the broken tooth where things were bad and if I didn't keep it super shiny, that spot would turn into more business for them - so really, my call. I kept it shiny and apparently the scary part is now all gone.
They roll with my weirdnesses. No problems.
So while my history is riddled with avoiding all dentists, I've been going as I am summoned for the every-six-month thing. They clean off the tartar, have a look around and send me down the road. Easy peasy.
paul wheaton wrote:...they did point out that there was a spot under the broken tooth where things were bad and if I didn't keep it super shiny, that spot would turn into more business for them - so really, my call. I kept it shiny and apparently the scary part is now all gone.
My impression with the "geezer class" (over 50?....is that pushing it?? ) is that many practitioners like to recommend the tooth reconstruction and crown. Having just busted loose an old filling, anyone know if it's more popular these days just to grind down the sharp edges and go with what's left. These chompers could get a salty supporting bit-role cast in 'Pirates of the Caribbean', but little else anyway. Experience or opinions?