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By: karyn9902
Smatlak P Timothy DMD
My first time going here. I had tooth pain on my left side of my mouth. All my teeth on that side hurt. Before doing any x-rays they said I needed a mouth guard cause that can only explain why my whole left side hurts. They said I must be grinding my teeth when I sleep. I believed them cause they are a dentist. They started to get molds ready for a mouth guard which costs $75. I asked if I could change my mind and not get the mouth guard and they said yes. They did x-rays and found a cavity on my side left tooth on the top. They then tried to drill and fill the cavity. I had some pain. They put more novacaine in my mouth. I then felt more pain. They said "well sometimes novacaine isn't enough and there isn't much we can do" So they drilled and said "you need a root canal" I was like no kidding!! So I did not need a mouth guard. It was a bad cavity that was hurting my teeth. They did another x-ray and said "yep. you need a root canal". So then they put medicine into the tooth and put on a temporary filling. I then paid and made my app for a root canal and went home. I decided I wanted a second opinion and called another dentist. Johnston Jon J Dmd. They took me right in. I showed them my x-rays and they agreed that I do need a root canal. They looked at the tooth and said that smatlack didn't do the temp filling right. So he took a tool and smoothed down the temp filling. smatlack didn't smooth it out. They just put it in and it was sharp and uneven. I was scared cause john wasn't going to numb my tooth to smooth the temp filling. He was very nice and reassured me that it was not going to hurt and if it did to raise my hand. He finished and it did not hurt. He told me my teeth have bad tarter build up on them and they need to be cleaned. He showed me how bad it looked on the x-rays. Smatlak said nothing about this at all. John also said I have more cavities that need to be filled. Smatlak said nothing about this.Smatlack knew how nervous I was about getting a root canal. John knew too and he gave me some xanax to keep me calm during the procedure. Smatlack gave me nothing. John even prescribed me some mouth wash cause I needed it. Smatlack did nothing. So yesterday I get my root canal done at john's office and I have no complaints what so ever. He was gentle. Gave me enough novacaine. Kept asking me how I was feeling. If I was ok. Did the root canal in one visit. I told him thank you and I will def be a returning customer for life. John even agreed with me that I do not need a mouth guard and that smatlack didn't know what they were talking about. Said that the reason my whole mouth hurts is cause of the deep cavity. Not cause I'm grinding my teeth. Crazy! I don't even grind my teeth when I sleep.
Tips & Advices
  • Pick Your Plan: Most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers.
    • An indemnity or fee-for-service plan means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket.
    • A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles.
    • A dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
  • PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs, it also means you have less choice in the dentist who can treat you Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
  • When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. You don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges.
  • If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.
  • Ask family, friends or colleagues for recommendations. They will be able to provide details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care
  • Meet with any prospective dentists to ask about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments.
  • Consider driving distance, location and office hours.
  • Check With Your State Board: The state board can outline what requirements your dentist must meet and offer information about any discrepancies in the their background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
  • Remember Your Angles - When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle..
  • Don't Forget the Tongue – Your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
  • Floss Everyday - Each time you floss, have at least 18 inches of floss available. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Watch What You Eat - Sugar, alcohol and coffee contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
  • Keep in Mind the Mouthwash - Mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains.
Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
These painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Your doctor will have to examine the bump, find its cause and then develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.

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