My long time dentist proposed a dental implant and I didn't go with it.
Then a few visits later (about a year), he proposes a root canal on another tooth.
He's never been one to push procedures which seemed to be a way to generate revenues. Certainly not when I was working and on a generous insurance plan.
Now that I'm retired (and he knows it), you wouldn't think he'd be pushing it on someone who's less likely to do procedures which are not urgently needed.
The thing is, there are other dentists who actually advertise dental implants for a fraction of what my dentist is proposing. Even when I had insurance, it would have cost me out of pocket around the same as what these other dentists are advertising.
I'm thinking of going to another dentist, just for the regular exam and cleaning, to see if they would also push the same procedures. But it's kind of a hassle to go through Yelp and other review sites, cross-reference against the network which the $20 a month plan that I have.
I've had dentists who push for a lot of procedures. I've left them because I got tired of the hard sell or in one case, a gum line filling she put in came out a few months afterwards and she wanted to charge for fixing it.
There are dental HMO's such as those offered by Costco or Delta Dental. Prices seem too good to be true so I figured those dentists can't be that good. But might as well research them a bit more.