I went to this dentist who was advertising a special on dental crowns. He was much more affordable than other dentists and said he could do them in one appointment. Both of those things were appealing to me. What he didn’t say was he just got this machine and didn’t really know what he was doing. I was in his office for hours. In fact, I’m thinking it was over five hours. He kept having to go back and re-adjust it. Eventually, he admitted he made the discount to get practice and apologized for how long it was taking him to get it right. I wish I’d have had that information ahead of time so I could have made an informed decision. The big problem now is I’m in pain. I don’t know if it’s because of how long he had to mess with it or if there’s something more serious going on.
I’m sorry you had such a distressing experience. I often warn people cheap doesn’t mean affordable. In this case, it cost you time and could also lead to the need for a root canal treatment. Before we jump there, though, please know that it will be normal for your tooth and jaw to be sore. This shouldn’t last for more than a day or two. Sometimes taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen will bring some relief.
If after a few days if you’re still hurting, you need to contact this dentist. It’s possible the crown still isn’t the right shape or size. It’s also possible your tooth went through so much trauma that you now need a root canal treatment.
Finding a Safe and Affordable Dentist
It would have been nice if this dentist disclosed to you his lack of training on his new machine. CEREC machines are growing in popularity but they do have a learning curve. One of the best ways to get an affordable dentist is to not gauge by who is the cheapest.
Instead, you want to check their reviews to make sure patients hadn’t had any negative experiences with the quality of his work. Then, you want a dentist who will tell you all your options, and be willing to work with you on both phased treatments and payments.
This way you get quality care without going bankrupt to do it.
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