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Where can I go to find a negotiated rate with aetna for my dentist?

Where can I go to find a negotiated rate with aetna for my dentist?

Aetna will tell you: Ask Aetna for a list of dentists in your area who accept their fees. Have the dentist complete an examination and X-rays. He will then submit his treatment plan to Aetna and they will mail a copy of the approval to you and to him. Remember a big company like Aetna will have HUNDREDS of plans - each with a different fee schedule. Good luck ...Read more

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My previous dentist said he would give me an implant supported crown at a better rate. My new DDS found this out and is very annoyed at me. What to do?

My previous dentist said he would give me an implant supported crown at a better rate. My new DDS found this out and is very annoyed at me. What to do?

Options: You'll always find varying degrees in pricing for the same procedures. You should decide which dentist you trust and feel comfortable with for your procedures and the caring for your dental health. Go with whom you wish and don't worry about anything else. ...Read more

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I am a 90 yr old retired dentist with heart disease. I am having trouble with dizzines even though the dosage was cut to 25mg. If I stop taking it, my fibrillation and heart rate increase a lot.

I am a 90 yr old retired dentist with heart disease. I am having trouble with dizzines even though the dosage was cut to 25mg. If I stop taking it, my fibrillation and heart rate increase a lot.

What are we: "talking about", Sir. If it is LOPRESSOR (metoprolol tartrate) ask your Cardiologist to suggest another beta-blocker!! There are quite a few with VARYING side effects and I bet there is one for you! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Is it bad that I haven't been to a dentist for over 3 years?

Is it bad that I haven't been to a dentist for over 3 years?

Yes: I have had patients miss one year and they end up with decay, needing fillings. More time than that can result in a root canal. You might brush and floss every day and get lucky, but not all of us end up with great news. See a reputable dentist and don't be one of the unfortunate ones! ...Read more

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Haven't been to the dentist in 10 years and terrified. What to expect?

Haven't been to the dentist in 10 years and terrified. What to expect?

Examination: Many people are nervous about seeing a dentist after so long. The dentist will start by reviewing your medical and dental history, take x-rays and do a complete examination of your teeth, gums, oral cavity. Then they will review the findings with you and discuss treatment options. Ask any questions you have and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the proposed treatment plan. ...Read more

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I haven't been to the dentist in 9 years and I'm going next week. What can I expect?

I haven't been to the dentist in 9 years and I'm going next week. What can I expect?

Comprehensive exam: I would think that you would receive a comprehensive examination, plus a full series of x-rays, dental charting, intraoral photographs, periodontal charting. Once that is done, you will probably have a consultation to go over what was discovered, and what if any treatment recommendations would be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a tootache I can't go to the dentist untill wednesday any suggestions?

What to do if I have a tootache I can't go to the dentist untill wednesday any suggestions?

My advise: Do not put aspirin, on the gum, may burn the gingival tissue. Keep clean the area around tooth in question with warm water, soft toothbrush and floss. Use NSAIDSs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) over the counter to reduce pain. Call your dentist for Wednesday emergency appointment. Tale care. ...Read more

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I have to go to the dentist tomorrow. I'm scared of going and there isn't much point. Help?

It is needed: Being scared about going to the dentist is like being scared to get gas in your car. When it is needed, it is needed - so just do it. ...Read more

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My insurance won't be enough for xrays. Will the dentist get mad at me if I just can't do it?

My insurance won't be enough for xrays. Will the dentist get mad at me if I just can't do it?

No: Why are you worried about your dentist getting mad!? If your last x ray was within 6 months you are ok if everything was normal on the last x- ray. If it has been a long time and it is time explain your situation to your dentist. I personally would do it at no charge if you can't afford it and I feel like it is absolutely needed and you have been a great patient. Hope you don't need it. ...Read more

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What can be done to be less fearful of the dentist? He was rough on me last year and I haven't gone back.

What can be done to be less fearful of the dentist? He was rough on me last year and I haven't gone back.

Go back.: I am not sure what you mean by "he was rough on me" but I assume you mean he was not gentle during the procedure. Some procedures in dentistry are not gentle. Extractions come to mind. Give your dentist another chance. If you still feel he is too rough, find another dentist. Call your local dental society for a referral. The worst thing you can do is to avoid treatment out of fear. ...Read more

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What is the truth behind crowns. My dentist thinks I need so many, and my wife, and I can't afford them. When are they necessary?

What is the truth behind crowns. My dentist thinks I need so many, and my wife, and I can't afford them. When are they necessary?

Two issues:: The 1st one is need? Crowns are recommended when the dentist feels that fillings, laminates, onlays are deemed inadequate to protect the tooth and stand the test of time. You don't want to keep paying for fillings that break or expose the tooth to extraction or rct. The 2nd is cost. Only you can determine your ability to pay and priorities. Perhaps there is some middle ground here to work with? ...Read more

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Yesterday at the dentist something happened and I don't know if I should worry. Can you please email me so I can give you more detail?

Yesterday at the dentist something happened and I don't know if I should worry. Can you please email me so I can give you more detail?

Call if worried: If you are concerned about something that happened at your dental appointment yesterday, call and ask if they can be more specific and if you should worry. In all likelihood, they would have told you yesterday if there was an issue, but the phone call with a specific question should hopefully put your mind at ease! ...Read more

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Dentist didn't put temp crown on, will I still be ok?

Dentist didn't put temp crown on, will I still be ok?

Yes But: Why not? Did you ask? Should be fine if the tooth is not sensitive however be careful until the crown is ready and be prepared for a longer seating appointment as the adjustments may be greater without a temporary crown in place to hold the space and the bite. ...Read more

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I'm starting to get a cavity someone please help! Can't afford a dentist?

I'm starting to get a cavity someone please help! Can't afford a dentist?

Cavity: See if you are near a dental school- you can usually make payments. Some emergency rooms have a dental resident that can deal with tooth problems. ...Read more

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Possible reasons why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it?

Possible reasons why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it?

Not sure?: If a tooth has a "cavity", ie, tooth decay, then the decay needs to be removed and a filling placed. There are instances when the top layer of the tooth; the enamel has begun to demineralize, which is the first stage of a future cavity. As long as it is in the surface enamel, it has a chance with proper care and Fluoride to remineralize and not become a cavity. You don't "watch" a cavity get worse. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm afraid of the dentist and of needles - which doesn't bode well for me!?

What to do if I'm afraid of the dentist and of needles - which doesn't bode well for me!?

Health issues: You need the Dental treatment. You need to be seen every 6 months to help keep your mouth healthy to reduce need for corrective care. 2 options: 1). Dentistry can be done with sedation or anesthesia, and 2) mental health practitioners can help you manage your irrational fears. Talk to Dentist and seek advice, schedule an appointment to just talk. ...Read more

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