dentist lied about cavities

My Dentist Lied About Cavities

Aubrey Hanson
My dentist lied about cavities

Have you ever been suspicious that your dentist lied about cavities to you? Did you have to pay more than you thought was necessary for procedures you didn’t fully understand? You’re not alone. 

My Dentist Lied About Cavities

Many years ago I was in college. In between the hubbub of midterms, sleepless nights, and Ramen noodles, I heard a radio commercial for Mint Dentistry.

I didn’t know anything about Mint Dentistry, but I figured they were reliable because I had seen their billboards. I showed up thinking I would get a quick cleaning and be on my way. I had never had any dental issues before.

To my surprise, when I went in to get a routine check-up, the hurried dentist told me that I had a cavity. I promptly set an appointment to get it filled and the next week they completed the filling. I paid several hundred dollars which was probably more painful than the uncomfortable procedure.

dentist lied about cavities

Six months later, I went in for another routine check up and to get my teeth cleaned. The dentist came in and said that I had two more cavities that I should get filled as soon as possible. I became suspicious. 

I Got A Second Opinion

I scheduled a dentist appointment at the office I had gone to when I was growing up. The dentist was a family friend and I trusted her to be honest with me.

I told her that this the dentist at Mint Dentistry had recommended I have two fillings.

She exclaimed that there was absolutely nothing wrong with my teeth and that a filling would be completely unnecessary. When I had gone to Mint Dentistry, their dentist had lied about cavities to me.

It Happens Everywhere

I’ve taken time to research this phenomenon and I’m not the only one whose dentist lied about cavities. It apparently is happening more and more. Not just with cavities, but with much more extreme procedures. There are many reasons dentists commit fraud like this:

High Dental School Costs

The cost of going to dental school has doubled since the 90’s. Young graduates and even dentists years into practicing are having to pay off incredible amounts of money for their education. 

The business may have become less lucrative than they had originally planned, and you can imagine how tempting it would be to over-diagnose to make up the difference. 

Lying dentist profit from unnecessary procedures

Quotas From Large Corporations

Struggling small dental practices are often bought out by large dental corporations like Mint Dentistry and Modern Dentistry.

Dental corporations manage the business aspects of their practice. After giving up control to executives in offices far from the dentist’s clinic, dentists are often at the mercy of their new bosses. These non-medical professionals are working toward making a profit and have full authority to give dentists quotas for procedures, and to threaten them with a pink slip if those quotas aren’t met. 

Can you tell if your dentist is lying by looking in their eyes?

Competition Is Higher

Older dentists are retiring later and later while new dentists are still entering the market. As this continues it becomes more difficult for dental clinics to be profitable. If a dentist is struggling to make payroll because he doesn’t have enough patients, you can imagine how easy it would be for him to simply prescribe an expensive procedure in order to make ends meet. 

What Can You Do?

New Technology

Technology has changed a lot and so has the dental industry. There are now many reputable dental solutions that are available commercially. Companies like these are not meant to replace necessary procedures, but offer innovative products that fix problems only dentists have been able to in the past.

Brighter Image Lab has been offering Lab Direct dental alternatives since 1997 and offers affordable choices like teeth whitening, tooth polishing, and even dental veneers. 

Stay Skeptical

Many honest dentists practice ethically everyday despite the number of dentists engaging in deceptive practices such as lying about cavities, prescribing unnecessary procedures, and over-prescribing procedures to fix issues that patients could do without.

While there isn’t a way for you to be 100% certain your dentist is one of the good ones, you should stay skeptical, and always trust your instincts if something doesn’t seem right. If you’ve been told you need an overly expensive procedure, get a second opinion like I did. It may be hard to justify the cost of the second check-up, but you can end up saving a ton of money in the end. Don’t let your dentist lie about cavities.

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4 thoughts on “My Dentist Lied About Cavities

  1. Michael

    I went to the dentist for the first time when I was 15, right after my mother remarried because she was a single mother before she never did it. So I went to the dentist and they did x-rays and the whole thing for the first time patient. And then on the x-ray He said there was this tiny little speck that was a cavity, He told me they could drill and fill it now or I could wait nine months for the cavity to get bigger and to fill it then. Because I could not see it on the x-ray nor did I know what I was looking for when he showed me.

    I’ve never been to a dentist since, They all seem like scam artists which sucks.

    1. Trey Murruy

      We’re sorry to hear that a dentist did this to you. Unfortunately, your story isn’t the only one we’ve heard. This is why we felt like we had to do something to get the message out. There are plenty of good dentists who care about their patients and want what’s best for them, but there are others whos only concern seems to be to make money. It’s the whole reason we exist, to provide a choice when it comes to changing the look of someone’s smile. Thanks for sharing your story Michael!

  2. Debbie

    I was told I had a cavity in a front right tooth years ago, and now I am doubting that. He drilled a huge hole in that tooth, and now it has cracked and broken and will have to be pulled. I am beginning to think the dental industry scams many people by by drilling large holes and then putting large fillings in these teeth. The teeth are then made vulnerable to cracks and breaking in the future. If there is just a small hole that really doesn’t need a filling but could be addressed with a sealant, I don’t see the need for drilling.

    1. Trey Murruy

      We are sorry to hear about your experience, Debbie. Unfortunately, we hear stories like yours all the time. We know there are good dentists out there, but we hear countless stories like yours and it keeps us motivated to help people with their smile until they can find the right solution for them. Thanks for sharing your experience!


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