David, 39 (Florida), didn’t think that missing tooth to the back of his bottom arch would give him any problems, so he decided to leave it unreplaced. Two months ago, his dentist showed him evidence of a gradual caving-in of the tooth on the gap’s right and recommended a dental implant.
“Okay,” said David, “let’s do it.” Much to his consternation, his dentist informed him that he was not immediately eligible for the treatment and that David would have to first undergo bone graft surgery. A missing tooth, said the doctor, often leads to jawbone deterioration and, without adequate bone density, the implant might not catch. As a result, what originally was a $2,500–4,000 procedure was now $5,000–6,500. But, David didn’t know what the cost of postponing his treatment would be, and that is the sad reality that many Americans live with because of a general lack of effort by part of practitioners to educate their patients.
This state of affairs is what Dentistry-Review has sought to turn around since its inception.
Our original M.O. was simple. We found dentists who were going above and beyond to educate not only their patients, but their communities as well, and we reviewed them. But, we want to do more than that. Pointing patients to the best doctors in their community is still our priority, but more than that we want to directly partake in the effort of patient education. For that reason, we’ve decided to revamp the site. This is happening in two major ways.
First, every week — and more often as the site continues to evolve — you can expect a new, in-depth article on the dental topics that concern patients today. There are real and pressing issues that need addressing. For example, despite the ample flow of new research that underscores the adverse effects of soda on teeth (amongst other health problems it causes), Coca-Cola and other soda companies continue making hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue every year. These are the issues we seek to bring attention to.
Of course, we won’t always be all serious. We’ll post fun articles too; the kind that you’ll enjoy and won’t get depressed reading. For example, did you know that tooth decay was almost non-existent during human pre-history? That’s right, a disease that affects almost all Americans (if you have never had a cavity, we’re impressed!) was almost non-existent when dentistry wasn’t even in the dictionary.
Second, our Practice Spotlight area is here to stay, but we’ll be revamping this section of our site as well. Expect a more in-depth look at different practices around the world, like Encinitas Dental Care, and what they’re doing to help patients and non-patients take care of their smiles. We want to bring your attention to these doctors, so you don’t have to suffer from the same experience that thousands of patients have to go through when they go to underqualified dentists.
In fact, we consider our Practice Spotlight program one of our most essential missions. And this sentiment has only grown since receiving feedback from the patients we’ve helped in the past, particularly from one particular young lady who ended up paying close to $10,000 for a succession of treatments that would not have been necessary had her original dentist done his job correctly. That’s the story of Megan, 23 (San Diego), who had to replace the same crown three times within a two-year period.
Megan cracked a tooth when she was 21, immediately seeking medical attention from her dentist. He covered her broken tooth with a protective cap, known as a crown. Six months later, Megan’s crown cracked and fell off. Now, this wouldn’t be entirely unexpected had Megan been trying to chew on a particularly hard piece of candy, but she wasn’t. The crown cracked without her having placed any pressure on it at all. Regardless, she went back to her dentist and had him replace the crown. A year later, she has the same problem.
After a third crown, this time placed by another San Diego dentist, Megan has finally found peace. It took “only” $10,000 and countless visits to the dentist over a two-year period. Of course, had she went to a different dentist to begin with, Megan might have only ended up paying $2,500 and would not have had to replace the crown for another 7–14 years. Alas, that is the problem with a general lack of scrutiny on practitioners and the lack of a resource patients can use to find the dentist who will get the job done right for them. That’s the gap that Dentistry-Review seeks to bridge.
We look forward to what’s to come for Dentistry-Review and we hope you do to. Come back often and don’t be shy. Comment on and share our articles. We want to hear your story, because ultimately you are what’s most important.