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Category: dentist

12/21/11 12:43 - ID#55781

Wood Dental and the Florida Probe

I want teeth that look like that.


Last year I tried to be cheap and got a regular crown at the regular in network dentist and it ruined like 6 months of my life in pain and infection, as well as, cost me another broken tooth in the process. I wrote about it here (e:paul,54524)

Then I found Wood Dental Associates on Franklin in North in Buffalo and his expensive ($1200+) but awesome cerec tooth milling machine which measures you tooth space with 3d cameras and mills the tooth in the office out of this strong and chemically inert ceramic. I love the new fake tooth. It fits so well, is strong and feels just like a real tooth. To me it was totally worth the money and made me feel confident about my tooth and the dentist.

So I had a couple other fillings done there because they don't use mercury unlike the in network dentists and its right across from my house. They were also expensive in the $600 range but I figured it was worth it not to get more mercury in my mouth. At that point, I signed up for a regular cleaning and thought I would go there as my regular dentist.

I figured how much can a cleaning cost. Today, I found out when I went in for my scheduled 6 month cleaning. When I sat down for the cleaning the hygenist said that they no longer do normal cleanings and that first this Florida Probe machine would check my mouth for any issues. I thought it was some pre-cleaning process but once it was done, she told me instead of the normal cleaning I would need a $1099 3 visit special cleaning with the antibiotic called Arestin implanted because I had stage 4 periodontal disease.

Reading the testimonials is a mixed message. Who is this appealing to, the dentist or the patient.

Our proportion of non-surgical perio revenue jumped 100% since 1999, when we implemented Florida Probe. The real value for the patient is that because he understands his problem earlier and better, he acts (prevents bone loss) earlier."

The overview page makes me even more uncomfortable

This part sounds good and reasonable

Improved Accuracy
The System’s constant-force, computerized probe allows measurements to be consistent between examiners who likely probe with different amounts of force (which could mean different readings for the same patient). Our probe’s precision is 0.2 mm., which also improves the accuracy of measurements and assists the clinician in determining the correct diagnosis and follow-up for the patient.

This part sounds beyond scammy.

Generate New Revenue for Your Practice
Did you know that just 1 more quadrant of scaling and root planning acceptance per day at $250, working a 4-day week, adds $50,000 per year to your bottom line? This is only the beginning: 3-month re-care, adjunctive therapies and diagnostic fees add to this hygiene-driven increase in production. This means an incredible return on investment opportunity. The typical practice will increase hygiene and perio production by $10,000 per month.

Now the weird part is that I was just in to their office in June and they didn't mention anything about gingivitis and then I was at the other dentist twice in the last three months for the geographic tongue and he and his team of student dentists didn't mention anything either. Now I get that maybe the machine is more sensitive and can detect stuff but I can't believe I went from not humanly noticeable to full blown $1099, you need to be on antibiotics, stage 4 periodontal disease. If the machine is really correct, are these dentists so clueless that they could not visually recognize this possibly severe tooth disease in the last 6 months.

My lame GHI dental insurance will only cover like $200 at his office. Although, they would cover the scaling in full at any in service dentist. After my bad experience with two in service dentists I don't know if I want to go back. I know why they cover it in full, its because those other dentists are willing to trade quality for quantity of patients. For example, GHI doesn't really pay them much more, those dentists are just willing to accept $35 as full payment for some procedures.

I want a dentist I trust in so bad. Even more so, I want to trust this dentist so bad. In fact, I trusted him so much more until I read the Florida Probe site. I guess I will get a second opinion. In the mean time I need to brush better. I think one issue is that I was using a medium instead of soft brush which was hurting my gums.

Two things that also bother me about this.
1. I flossed just before I left which could have irritated my gums a bit.
2. The measurement is really not done by the machine, if you watch the video, the hygienist really does makes the decision when to press the floor peddle which sets the depth.

Does anyone have a dentist they really know and trust?

Knowing me, I will probably just go there because it is convenient and immediate. The more I read about gum disease the scarier it is. Check out this crazy info on the NY times site I am saving as PDF for future reference. ::READ PDF::

Here is all my private tooth information for the world to judge me on.
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Category: haircuts

12/21/11 10:24 - ID#55779 pmobl

My hair is so scruffy

I want to cut it so bad but I am trying to grow it out a but for winter. I hate this middle phase. The only thing that helps is a hat.

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Category: linux

12/19/11 01:44 - ID#55772

And this is why fedora rules...

Because only supports and includes free and open source software. No proprietary programs are included in Fedora. That way things like this cannot happen the way they do in ubuntu I would so much rather have openJDK and have to install Sun java myself if I needed it then have it available from the OS vendor and have to worry about license changes removing it on it me. Here is why Fedora does not include specific proprietary software
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Category: nature

12/18/11 10:23 - ID#55768 pmobl

Why did someone kill these massive trees

I just can't understand what happend to these two tree near Franklin and Allen. Does anyone know?



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Category: dancing

12/18/11 10:15 - ID#55767

Fun night dancing at dnipro Get Down Solstice! party

The Get Down Solstice! event at dnipro was a blast. I haven't danced so hard in so long. I hope there will more events like it to follow. The DJ that played the Andy C 1995 syrous set made my night. The walk home at 5am was only 15 minutes. They had 4 dance areas with 23 DJs playing different genres. My favorite was the drum and bass in the attic but the best dancefloor was in the main hall.

I couldn't find any pictures or reviews online but I saw so many people with cameras. I wish I had taken more. If anyone has some, tell me where to find them.






Some videos from youtube
Overview of the party. It was a fund raiser for a native american group

DJ Jelo

Here was the linup, I stole this list from


JELO - Toronto On -




ODI - NYC (Digital Konfusion, Konkrete Jungle, BFM NYC)

HOOGS - Digital Terror - Rochester Ny

THE HEKTIC KREW - Toronto, Ontario

STICKBUBBLY - Toronto, Ontario
The Business, Hektic krew, King Pin Recordings

Rapid Fire Records (Can), Cyntax erros (Uk), dreadnaught digital (Uk), Sound Solution records (Usa), Digital terror (Usa), Frozen o’s (B.C. Can)

Fan Page

SWICKED! - Toronto ON
The Business, Hektic krew, all around badmon







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Category: pets

12/18/11 08:53 - ID#55766 pmobl

happier with two lights

The tortoises seem way happier now that they are not fighting over one basking lamp. They actually sit next to each other.

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Category: shopping

12/18/11 08:50 - ID#55765 pmobl

Rolled Coins?

Really, people try and pay often enough with rolls of coins as the gourmet chef store at the mall that they need a sign?

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Category: life

12/17/11 06:03 - ID#55759

Paul is a boring boy

I need to do something besides computer programming. Its all I am interested in besides outdoors (which sucks right now) and dancing.

Luckily, tonight is a dance event at Dnipro. Get Down Solstice! @ Dnipro Ukrainian Center I saw it listed on the Buffablog music site.

Get Down Solstice! is a fundraiser for the local Native American organization, Neto. It is a unique event featuring musical acts and DJs from Toronto, New York City, and from Buffalo. It is a loaded event for a good cause that is taking place at the Dnipro Ukrainian Center at 562 Genesee St.

I wish I had more to say. Maybe I will actually get some pictures to post.
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Category: games

12/16/11 11:00 - ID#55754 pmobl

The wii

In a desperate attempt to play wii games I just risked all of our lives driving to Walmart in cheektovegas at 10:42, top speed to try and make it there by 11. We made it just before they closed. I dropped the guys off at the front door and they slid in as the security dude was locking it up. By the time I parked to doors were locked.

Like 5 years ago my parents gave me a gift card for one that I never could use because they were out of them for like year. I ended up using the money on other crap. I guess its like pre paid if you think about it that way.



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Category: holidays

12/16/11 10:49 - ID#55751 pmobl

St. Patricks Day

I was at Ulrichs last night for their Christmas party and I saw the St. Patrick's countdown is down to about ~90 days. Usually, St Patrick's marks the start of spring for me. I mean, how many times have we been in teeshirts then, and it hasn't even snowed yet. So I figure winter can't be that bad this year even if it starts getting shitty now.

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