Stories like Ann's( name changed to protect her privacy) are what prompted me to create the Dental Legal Connection. Just four years ago at age 28 she visited a local dentist to ask about closing the gap between her front teeth. The front teeth were essentially perfect. She inquired about braces to close the space but he suggested that porcelain veneers ( tooth shaped shells that bond to the front of the teeth) would be much easier and quicker.
Finding a good dentist is a difficult task. The public's general perception is "if I don't get hurt they must be s good dentist". There is so much that goes in to being a good dentist. Over the years as patients moved away or grew up , went off college and started their new lives, I always had concerns that they would find quality dental care for themselves and their families.The good dentists know that, unfortunately , they would probably let 1 in 10 dentists work on them or a loved one. As dentists we are not all created equal in our abilities when it comes to working with our hands.As one of my other blogs discusses,for what ever reasons,many dentists also CHOSE to ignore what they know is morally right in doing what is best for the patient.
The changes in our dental profession when it comes to morals and ethics is bothersome to me but certainly not limited to our profession. As a consumer I see dishonesty and lack of morality in doing business all too often. I guess it is just a small part of a much bigger problem .When I see patients that have had poorly done and outright bad dentistry I just shake my head. I feel bad for the patient and embarrassed for my profession.