Why the dental treatment system has been falling apart
A few weeks ago, my dentist was having a bad day.
He couldn’t finish his appointment, and he wanted to take a shower.
That’s when I found him a bottle of white-gloved cream to relieve his burning toothache.
He was so grateful that I had taken the chance to buy him a toothpaste.
He thought I was being silly, and I’m sure he would have been, too.
I had a good dentist, a good team, and a very nice experience.
That was the case with my dentist.
In the same way that people who spend years in the field find the same products and services, so do the people who work in the dental industry.
And because dental care is so much a part of our lives, we tend to see it through the lens of how we live our lives.
I can’t say the same for all dentists.
But what I can say is that it’s never been easier to make a denture.
In recent years, dentures have become increasingly popular among consumers and dentists, and the demand has been on the rise.
The dental industry is booming, and we’re losing a lot of jobs.
And now we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in dentures among millennials.
For some, it may be a change of scenery or a change in habits.
For others, it’s a desire to improve their health.
Some are going back to a simpler time.
But for me, it was the dentist.
My dentist was always so friendly, always caring, always attentive.
I always felt like I could trust him.
And he had the expertise to take care of my toothache and help me see my tooth.
When I had my first dental appointment in 2017, I went in confident.
I knew that I was getting the best dentistry in the state.
And as soon as the dentist started talking about my teeth, I knew he was going to be patient and kind.
But then something happened: The dentist was a little too patient and a little bit too kind.
I told him that my gums were a little painful.
I was just a little embarrassed to tell him that.
I said, “That’s okay.
I know it’s something I’m having trouble with.
Just tell me when you’re ready to give me a break.”
I’m not saying that I didn’t know what I was doing.
It’s just that I knew it was wrong.
And my teeth weren’t that bad, but the way I spoke was not the way my mouth was.
That experience changed everything.
The moment I started to see the dentist more closely, he wasn’t so gentle.
Instead, he was demanding and aggressive.
He would say, “I don’t care if you have gums that hurt.
I’m going to have a procedure, and you have to do it.
You have to fix it.”
I was like, “Okay.
But when you do it, I’m gonna make sure you don’t break the tooth.”
He was making sure that I got it right, but it was so obvious to me.
I think that I felt a little guilty about my gash.
But at the same time, it wasn’t like I was hurting him.
I just had an issue.
I felt really bad.
The next time I saw him, I was in such a bad mood that I couldn’t concentrate.
I started feeling really bad about my dental hygiene.
I couldn of had a better dentist, but I was really embarrassed about what I had done.
The dentist wasn’t even friendly.
I remember saying, “You know, you’re so rude.
If you ever feel like something’s wrong, just tell me.
We’ll get it fixed.”
And he just looked at me and said, “[The dentist] is going to fix everything.
You’re not the only one.”
He also took my wallet.
I have to say, he never said anything to me about the dentist or about the dentures.
He just treated me as a customer and didn’t do anything.
I really didn’t like that.
The following day, I saw my dentist again.
He had been very kind to me the first time.
He said that I looked so good, and that I have no issues.
I went to the appointment, as he had told me, and was relieved to find out that I wasn’t feeling any pain.
But my teeth were hurting again.
I didn, too, and it was really hard to tell if I was having gum disease or not.
I wanted to be completely straightened out, and my dentist told me to wait and see what he was up to.
I did wait and saw what he did.
He found something wrong.
He told me that the gums had to be straightened up and that the crowns were getting a little soft.
I thought that was a bit surprising.
The toothpaste and the cream came out fine, and they were all in great shape.
I wasn: relieved.