You sure have a never-ending stream of questions, don’t you?
Do surgeons operate on themselves?
Do barbers give themselves a haircut?
Do proctologists give themselves colonoscopies?
My dentist once told me a story of having to perform emergency work on himself (with the help of an assistant), but in general, they go to another dentist for major work.
This question makes my head want to explode. I’d like to ask my dentist, hair stylist, gyno…everyone who they go to. Then go to that person. But THEN I’d want to find out where THAT person went to get HER whatever done and so on and so on and so on. I mean, presumably each person in each profession would like to think they’re going to someone who is at the very least equal to them, but preferable superior…AAARGH. It never ends! Does anyone know what I mean?
I actually asked one of my previous dentists this question after he complained to an associate about a mild toothache. The associate told him she’d squeeze him in between appointments.
Goofy logic problems aside, they don’t work on their own teeth. They can’t see what they’re doing, for one thing; for another, it’s easier to reach into someone else’s mouth and take care of things than it is your own.
I like how everyone attempts to make a silk purse from this.
How about this:
Either each dentist is doing the teeth of the next dentist in a circle.
Each dentist goes to the best dentist they know, that is, to the next level of better dentistry, a dentist that is better than they are, creating a pyramid of dentistry, so that the ultimate dentist in the world - who does the teeth of the 5 next best dentists - has bad teeth.
I’ve sat next to a dentist in a dentist office waiting room. I get to sleep with her, too! Here in Michigan where she doesn’t know any other dentists, we just to go the dentist like civilians and let our insurance pick up the tab, and I pay the co-pay if there’s one. Back home, she goes to any of her friends and colleagues who are dentists, and they may come to her. Once we went to an endodontist friend out of the blue because she suddenly needed a root canal. He fit her in at the end of the day, and we shook hands afterwards, and that was it. An oral surgeon/reconstruction friend looked at a taurus I have, and said he’d be willing to take care of it as a courtesy (he also said recovery would suck, so I opted not to have it done).
So, yeah, dentists go to other dentists, and they often have networks such that they can get things taken care of quickly and inexpensively.