A good dentist?

woman at the dentistJulie emails:

I'm one of many people in this area who don't have dental insurance and i just paid $221 for my 6 month cleaning and bitewing xrays. My previous dentist, who recently retired, was significantly less expensive, so I'm wondering if any of your readers know of a dentist in this area who isn't quite so expensive and isn't retiring soon?
Or do I need to just start saving now for my next cleaning in 6 months?

Julie's in the Saratoga area, so she's interested in dentists there. We'll also open this up to (good/affordable/combo of both) dentists around the Capital Region (we've had a few people ask this question).

So, know of good dentist? Please share?

Earlier on AOA: Ask AOA: A good oral surgeon?

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I use Albany Upstate Dental and am very satisfied with their work and how they treat me.

Dr. David Presser in Clifton Park - 371-5113. He's very gentle, quirky and uses more holistic approaches. He has solved several dental and jaw problems created by other dentists. He's a perfectionist when it comes to getting the bite right after crown work.

I've used Paul Gauthier in Charlton. Been very happy with his work.

I've been seeing Dr. Gerald Benjamin since I was 5. He is incredibly skilled and personable and his staff is amazing. They just opened an office in Saratoga - http://www.benjaminsmile.com.

They're a bit pricey, but not as bad as what you said you paid. I think the quality of care justifies the price.

Dr. Robert Testo in Albany - he's excellent. 463-2262

(on Hamilton Street near Cheesecake Machismo and El Mariachi)

Chester Meisel in East Greenbush. Very well run office.

Dr. Abdul Khan on Dove st. between Spring and State in Center Square was recommended to me when I first moved to Albany by someone who just got 3 fillings done at once and said it was a breeze. She was right. I have been deathly afraid of dentists (since a bad abscess when I was only 7), to the point where I'd be up the night before, or physically sick over having to get a simple filling. Not the case anymore, thanks to this dentist. He is kind, understanding, and explains what he's doing (if you want). My dentist anxiety has pretty much vanished. I don't know much about the rates in comparison with other Dentists, but I do know they'll help you figure out what your insurance covers and I think can give you a discount if you don't have coverage.

Dr. Michael Kane (when you say it, you have to say it in Michael Caine's voice) in Latham.

Tooth problems, fixed!

A.R. Wynnykiw, corner of Route 9 and Osborne, right in the center of Loudonville. Not in Saratoga, but not everything good is 5 minutes from home.

This dentist may not have the lowest prices (or maybe he does, I don't really know) but he has superior service and does a really good job. I've been around the block, and trust me when I say, there's no comparison. This guy takes pride in his practice, and it shows.

I go to Christian E. Mathiesen, DMD who is at 154 West Ave. Saratoga Springs. Phone: (518) 587-8442.
He was recommended to me by my friend who was an assistant in a periodontists office in Saratoga. He does very good work at a very fair price. I don't have insurance either. He is much cheaper than my previous dentist. I just switched my whole family over to him. He usually runs on time, clean no frills office, and I trust him.

First Advantage Dental on West Ave. in Saratoga is great, and we've been with them for over 8 years now. Not sure what they charge, since I'm lucky to have dental coverage.

Dr. Debra Check in Latham, just off the circle - 785-5131. A cleaning runs me around $120. Not sure how much the x-rays would be, but she's sweet, friendly, and does a good job. Been going there for about 5 years now.

I have had nothing but positive experiences with Dr. Chris Walsh on Western Ave. in Guilderland. Dr. Walsh is great, and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

These are great -- thanks everyone!

Dr. Gregg Sagor on Adams Street in Delmar. His father is also a dentist - Dr. Marvin Sagor - They were in practice together, but Dr. Marvin has retired. Dr. Gregg is patient and competent and very engaged with his patients.

If you have any anxiety related to dental work, Dr. Harvey Winter in Albany is amazing.

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