General Practice Dentistry in WASHINGTON, DC
TEGEST ABEBE is a dentist specializing in General Practice Dentistry. She has earned the credential(s) of DMD and is licensed to practice in the state of District of Columbia. Dr ABEBE's practice is located in the city of WASHINGTON, DC at 1325 18TH ST. NW. See below for more information and reviews on TEGEST ABEBE
The "DDS" (Doctor of Dental Surgery) credential is the same as the "DMD" (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) credential. They are both awarded after graduating from dental school
to become a dentist. Most dental schools award the DDS degree however, some issue the DMD degree. The education and degrees are the same.
– Source: American Dental Association
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I had high hopes for my experience but sadly things did not work out well. I made an appointment on http://zocdoc.com and the call back from the office staff was quick and courteous. Every time I had to call or change my appointment, the woman on the phone was professional and accommodating.
The receptionist and x-ray tech were both professional, courteous, and proficient.
Dr. Abebe was nice and had a fun demeanor. I noted that I wasn't having any problems with my teeth, that I was just there for a cleaning, and that my gums bleed very easily (this has always been the case despite years of following dentists orders). Dr. Abebe recommended a Rotodent (which I already have and use) along with Rx toothpaste (already use) and wash (she said it stains teeth so I wasn't thrilled). She informed me that I had some periodontal/gum issues and that she recommended a three-visit deep cleaning. Her financial rep was out of the office so no one could tell me how much this would cost out of pocket. I said I would like the cleaning and then I'd decide later, after finding out the price, if I wanted the second and third of the deep cleaning treatments. I was told that I had to come back. She would not do the cleaning until I agreed to the three-visit deep cleaning that insurance would not cover.
I expressed my frustration to the receptionist and to Dr. Abebe and I was told again that she would not clean my teeth until the deep cleaning was agreed to. It seemed to come from a good place - treating my gums and getting them healthy is great but I have a history of bleeding gums so this isn't going to be "cured" by a new dentist. I left having wasted my afternoon and my insurance benefits since I will still have to pay for the x-rays and exam and did not even get my teeth cleaned. I feel like her intent was great (healthiest teeth and gums) but the bait/switch approach is unprofessional. Now my teeth will remain uncleaned until I can find another dentist rather than being cleaned by a professional who I could then work with to manage my gums.
I am [beyond] very satisfied with this office!