The beginning of the 90s is one of the most difficult stages in the history of the development of US dentistry. Against the backdrop of political and economic events in the country, most dentists faced trials that not everyone was able to endure. Those who overcame them were forced to adapt to realities, and often this was done without taking into account the interests of patients. It was in those days that the dentist tricks used by doctors became widespread.
Now the situation has changed. Social networks, testimonials, profile aggregators with ratings make it impossible for a well-known dental center to successfully develop gray schemes. But doctors in small offices, unfortunately, in some cases continue to use the credulity or ignorance of patients.
How to determine how dentists are making you to spend more? Together with Jeffery Daniel, chief physician and owner of the dental clinic Dr. SHIKARA dental clinic, we analyze five typical dentist tricks of unscrupulous specialists.
1. The absence of a contract or only the appearance of such
Legal support for dental treatment or dental prosthetics is the gold standard for respectable dental centers around the world. If you were not offered to conclude an agreement before starting the implementation of the protocol, this should be alarming. Well, when your offer to do this is answered with excuses or an unequivocal refusal, looking for another clinic will be the best possible solution.
It is important to study the rights and obligations of the parties in the contract. This should be a full-fledged agreement, which substantively describes the services, their nature, scope and cost. Ideally, the papers should indicate the responsibility of the center in case something goes wrong, and legally fix the guarantees for the work performed, materials or structures used.
2. Treatment of non-existent diseases
Most amateurs or outright scammers are using this technique. Usually, in such situations, they can begin to treat caries, passing off pigmentation or a harmless crack as symptoms of its development. But there are situations when would-be specialists attribute more serious ailments to the patient. This can be detrimental not only to the patient’s budget, but also to himself, so vigilance never hurts.
To exclude the appearance of “pseudo-plaques”, ask the doctor to explain on the basis of what he made his diagnosis, and see with him the test results, images, a 3D model or a video. Experts who have nothing to hide will willingly explain not only what needs to be done, but also answer the questions of how, why and why. When it comes to serious diagnoses, it makes sense to consult in several places and compare the conclusions of doctors.
3. Imposing optional services is the most common among all the dentist tricks
This is one of the most harmless tricks, but only for the patient. The budget in such cases can suffer very significantly. Additional paid analyzes, consultations and examinations from related specialists, the informative value of the expediency of which is very doubtful, are one of the most common tricks.
To avoid unnecessary expenses, ask your doctor to tell you about all possible solutions to the problem and choose the one that suits you best. More expensive does not always mean that they want to cheat you, but the doctor must honestly talk about the merits and demerits of each. Unfortunately, some dentists forget this.
4. A recommendation to remove a tooth when it can be easily saved
Treatment or retreatment is time-consuming and requires much higher qualifications from a specialist. In addition, the commercial benefit from therapeutic measures is almost always less than from implantation or prosthetics, which dishonest doctors invariably offer to the patient in such cases.
Any competent dentist will tell you that your own teeth are better than artificial ones anyway. Therefore, it always makes sense to try to save them. If the doctor is persistently offering removal, ask the doctor to explain his decision. Holes, chips and partial destruction are not always good enough reasons.
5. Services and materials are cheaper than stated
The result of a visit to the dentist depends not only on his qualifications and the equipment used, but also on the materials used. It is unlikely that the patient will have the ability to understand that instead of a light-cured filling. A conventional composite one was installed. Not everyone will be able to distinguish a Chinese fake from an original Swiss implant. Visually, they also look beautiful, but there will certainly be questions about their durability. The situation is the same with medicines and specialized services.
Only the impeccable reputation of the clinic will be guaranteed protection against all of these dentist tricks. Always contact only proven dental centers. This way you will automatically reduce the risk of getting to unscrupulous dentists and go for their tricks.