Should I get fillings of tooth cavities that have been diagnosed with a Diagnodent laser? If so, what number should I make my cut-off?
I've got cold feet and need advice. Appointment is in 11ish hours:
I have a dentist who seems all right. I'm not in love, but I'm not disenchanted enough to switch loyalties yet. I think. (I've had him since I moved about a year and a half ago.) But he uses a light laser thing which upon googling seems to be called a Diagnodent to find cavities, and I'm suspicious
I'm scheduled to go in tomorrow morning to get three more cavities filled - I've already had two others filled by him, one of which evolved into a root canal and crown. None of these cavities hurt before detection and treatment. And the root canal and crown were expensive, time-consuming, and painful and were in a tooth I didn't even know had a problem. Then its first filling had an air bubble and the second kept hurting despite adjustments until it had to be crowned. I'm unsure if my cold feet are really based in resentment about that or not. I think it likely wasn't his fault, but how would I know?
Anyway, apparently all 3 new cavities are above a 55 on the Diagnodent scale. One's in the 60s and I think the other two are 80+. I have already paid my deductible for the year which in my plan started in August so if I'm going to get them done I should do it soonish so I can try to avoid paying anything next year.
So, what do I do tomorrow morning when I go in? Do I ask to see the cavities on X-rays they've previously taken before giving the go-ahead? Do I have them do only the cavities above 80? Option C?