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My long time dentist used to run his office out of his house, but I guess at some point his wife wanted the house back and he decided to help run a dental office for for another dentist instead and so I went there a few times, and since I didn't have an insurance card I pretty much paid everything out of pocket. Since I had my appendix out I got insurance through medicaid, and recently that comes to include dental. So I guess the guy who owns the office that my dentist now works in had a second office that accepts medicaid insurance while the first one I went to does not (I don't understand the technicality). So I went to this other office, put my insurance info into their computers, and went in for a cleaning. I was expecting to see my dentist, and he was in fact there that day, but left early I guess and I ended up with someone else after being cleaned by a different hygenist as well. After my after cleaning exam the dentist said I had 12 cavities that needed to be filled. 7 were refillings of older fillings and 5 were new. That seems a bit off the mark since 6 months ago I only had one cavity filled, and have not been experiencing any pain or sensitivity despite these supposed 12 cavities, and I have been brushing twice a day and flossing at night so I feel I have been doing my job. Do you think my new found insurance is making this dentist (who has crappy bed side manner by the way) say there is more work to be done than really needs to be for the sake of free money? I was going to call Monday to see if I couldn't get my normal dentist's second opinion on this, or at the very least see if he can be the one to do the filling. This all seems very off to me.

Dear James,

I can't say whether or not the new dentist was motivated by your Medicaid benefits.  If you are concerned (and you wouldn't be writing to me if you weren't), I believe that you will feel much more comfortable going back to the previous dentist at the previous office.  You seemed to feel much more comfortable and trusting there.

I wouldn't want to have dental work done in a place I'm not comfortable, by a dentist I don't trust.  I hope you feel the same.


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Howard Finnk, D.D.S., P.A., CEO


I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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