Do you really need all that dental work?
This is a long but fascinating read from The Atlantic. It's a little like a detective story.
It begins with a dentist buying a practice from another dentist who is retiring. We learn that as the new owner begins seeing patients, he starts to suspect that many of them may have undergone procedures that were unnecessary. So he begins doing his own, meticulous detective work.
This article is not an attack on dentists, but rather a reminder that dentists are often seen as "authority figures." Few patients have the expertise to recognize anything is amiss when they're told they need a crown or a root canal. As a result of undeserved patient trust, and insufficient professional oversight, an unscrupulous dentist can spend an entire career under the radar while over treating and over charging patients. I hope some of you will enjoy this article as much as I did.