Every interaction I’ve had with dentists has been fraught. Some twenty years ago I had a molar remove and some tooth material left in the socket. Four days later I was back with a very painful abscess, the same dentist removed some more of the tooth material - and then charged me for it. After threatening him with legal action, he withdrew the fee. Now, twenty years later, it turns out that there’s STILL some material in there, causing me pain, headaches, infections, and grief. That dentist is still practising but there’s a statute of limitations I guess, so I won’t get a cent for almost a decade of discomfort and pain.
The next time I saw a dentist they wanted to clean all my teeth rather than do the work I asked them to do, I most specifically directed them to just do the worl I asked for, they cleaned all the teeth first anyway saying it was just the site they were working on but then - surprise - it was charged for on the bill as a complete clean. Paid it as they’d done the work, but never went back there again either. Oh and the job I asked them to do? I had to have that re-done a few months later.
More recently, I had to have a tooth pulled and the dentist injected anaesthetic three times over the space of fifteen minutes, which is pretty close to the limit of toxicity for that particular injection as far as I know. He spent maybe 90 seconds in the room each time, then wandered off. Finally he was satisfied, pulled the tooth in another 90 seconds, and charged us around $200 for that scant five minutes’ work.
Come to think of it, the first dentist I ever saw wasn’t such a great dentist either, he managed to stick the anaesthetic needle THROUGH my cheek from the inside out and squirt the nurse with whatever that stuff is. Talk about giving a nine year old kid any confidence in dentists…
My wife recently had a bad tooth, went to a rapid response dentist who mucked around and cleaned here and there, then decided what tooth needed to be pulled, and said they’d do that on the NEXT visit, meanwhile a married pensioner couple had to find almost a quarter of their fortnightly income to pay that first bill and the second one was going to be much more. Went to a newer dentist surgery and they a) removed the tooth right there and then, and b) did it for less than the cost of the other one’s initial visit.
The practices they employ are now several hundred years old and they’ve only made cosmetic changes, slightly different anaesthetics, same tools but now made with titanium in place of stainless steel, and so forth. That’s like car manufacturers still selling Stanley Steamers but with a petrol burner in place of the coal burner…
If dentists want to earn big money and big respect they really need to lift their game.