Dental Second Opinion:
I love Dentistry. I think it is an amazing profession where I can really help people. I am the second owner at my practice. Previously there was one dentist before me. This dentist was here for 40 years. He built the practice with compassion and honesty. I continue that legacy of compassion and honesty. I will be in Pasadena for the next 30 years. My practice will treat you like you are a member of our family. We would rather have you , your family, your co-workers for my entire career than to nickel and dime you and to make up dental problems that do no exist.
I get very sad and discouraged when I get patients in for second opinions. Almost always their treatment plans are bloated and filled with procedures I don’t agree with. I am a very conservative dentist. I admit that there are different ways to treat patients. However, most of the second opinion patients have unnecessary treatment listed.
I can change a flat tire on my car but that is it. When I take my car into the shop I am at the mercy of the mechanic. I have to trust the shop is being honest with me. Trust is a major component of the doctor patient relationship.
When I see treatment plans that want to replace good solid fillings I get disgusted. When I see treatment plans that want to place crowns on healthy teeth I get upset. I do not believe that these dentists would being doing the same aggressive unnecessary work on their spouses or kids. So why would they do this unnecessary treatment on their patients?
I think a lot of it is that these dentists know that they are not going to have the patients for long term. In insurance driven practices the emphasis is on volume because of the low reimbursement. So the insurance dentist has to see more patients a day. This high volume dentistry means fast dental care, dentist double and triple booking patients, long waits and HIGH patient turn over. I think these insurance dentists need to get as much money from the patients as possible because the patients will not be there long term.
One of the things I am super proud about my practice is I have a couple of families where I see Four Generations of that Family. I have tons of Three Generation Families. My office has built that trust long term. Almost everyday I have patients that drive 30 minutes to an hour just to come to my practice. These patients have moved outside the Pasadena area but still value our office so much that they drive in to see us.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a young husband and wife for second opinions. They had gone to a dentist on Fairmont and both received huge dental treatment plans. All of their silver fillings were defective according to the other dentist. The other dentist wanted to start work immediately, right then and there. Pressure sales pitch anyone? They were rightly concerned about the huge cost. One of their relatives is a patient at my office and told them to come see me.
Here is a picture of one of their silver fillings. There is no way I would of removed any of their fillings. My favorite thing to say at work is “If it is not broken, don’t fix it”. The young couple had a lot of silver filings that were doing GREAT. It was absolutely crazy to want to take out these fillings.
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