DH and I recently got new dental insurance through DH's job and we started going to a different dentist. DH's appt was first. He hasn't been to a dentist in years and doesn't take very good care of his teeth so we weren't surprised when the dentist told him he needed a lot of work done. They told him he has 18 cavities, needs 2 or 3 root canals, fillings, crowns, etc. My appt was yesterday. Now, I know I could probably take better care of my teeth, especially with flossing, but I brush really well and have always seen the dentist for cleanings on a regular basis. The last time I was at the dentist was more than 6 months, but less than a year ago. I had no issues at all the last 2 times I saw my old dentist. This new dentist tells me I have 12 cavities! Is it possible to have that many cavities form in that amount of time? Now I'm paranoid that this dentist is either over zealous in treatment or flat out performing unnecessary work. How would I go about obtaining a second opinion? I don't think our insurance would cover another set of xrays. What would you do?
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4/21/10 at 2:54pm