I am a broke college student. I had some terrible pain in a tooth. I have a dentist back home, but I didn’t have anyone at school. Mid-terms were coming up and I was in so much pain I coudln’t concentrate. I finally,couldn’t ignore it any longer, and lookd up dentists who take emergencies.
I found someone. He said I needed a root canal, which I allowed him to do. He gave me some strong pain killers, which did help. However, after the pills ran out I was still in a lot of pain.
I called my mom and she flew me back to see our family dentist. He looked at me and did an x-ray. It turned out that this emergency dentist didn’t do the root canal properly. In fact, my real dentist said that he didn’t even put a temporary filling in my tooth. I spent a lot of money and got no care. Now my parents are paying to have it all fixed. My question is, if a college student, like me, has a dental emergency, how do they keep from getting ripped off?
Brock S. – Bloomington, IN
What a horrible experience for you. I hope it didn’t negatively affect your midterms.
It sounds like you went to either a dishonest or an incompetent dentist. I hope you and your dentist have reported him.
When you have a dental emergency and cannot get to your family dentist, you’ll have to rely on locals, and possibly reviews. It is always better to research something like this before you actually need it. Talk to professors and friends to see who they’d recommend. If none of your friends have a recommendation, you may have to rely ononline reviews.
For example, I just googled an emergency dentist in Philadelphia. One popped up as a 24/7 emergency dentist. There were thirteen reviews, four of which were negative and seemed to indicate at best a cantankerous dentist and at worst incompetence. You would know right away to not go to this dentist.
Go through and keep a list of dentists you think would work in an emergency situation.
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