Acahti Dental: Oberly Richard D DDS

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  • 523 W Clinton St

    Ithaca, NY 14850

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I went in to have a tooth under a bridge taken care of...to finish a root canal that was botched at Fall Creek Dental...a whole other horror story. The first thing Dr. Oberly started talking about was the need to be concerned about the

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I went in to have a tooth under a bridge taken care of...to finish a root canal that was botched at Fall Creek Dental...a whole other horror story. The first thing Dr. Oberly started talking about was the need to be concerned about the

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Avoid Dr. Oberly! On my second visit he told me I needed two crowns right away (estimated cost $2500). My previous doctor had told me everything was fine. I went to a different dentist and he told me everything is still fine. Dr.

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Avoid Dr. Oberly! On my second visit he told me I needed two crowns right away (estimated cost $2500). My previous doctor had told me everything was fine. I went to a different dentist and he told me everything is still fine. Dr.

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DO NOT go to this dentist. I went to Dr. Oberly for a routine dental checkup and cleaning. He told me that I had "extensive" decay on 2 teeth that needed to be filled. I thought this was unusual because I had never had problems before. Another dentist examined copies of my Xrays and did not find anything wrong. Another dentist, almost a year later, did a visual exam and took new Xrays and did not find anything wrong with those teeth. I find it very unusual that he said I had 2 cavities when 2 other dentists could not find them. Go to this dentist at your own risk.

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DO NOT go to this dentist. I went to Dr. Oberly for a routine dental checkup and cleaning. He told me that I had "extensive" decay on 2 teeth that needed to be filled. I thought this was unusual because I had never had problems before. Another dentist examined copies of my Xrays and did not find anything wrong. Another dentist, almost a year later, did a visual exam and took new Xrays and did not find anything wrong with those teeth. I find it very unusual that he said I had 2 cavities when 2 other dentists could not find them. Go to this dentist at your own risk.

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The staff here at this dental office was completely rude and off-putting. I will never step foot in this office again and do not recommend any one to waste their well earned money for these people.

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The staff here at this dental office was completely rude and off-putting. I will never step foot in this office again and do not recommend any one to waste their well earned money for these people.

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I wouldn't be able to tell you if this service was good or not because the front desk receptionist denied me service over the phone. I told her I needed to see a dentist because I needed my wisdom teeth removed. She cut me off and asked when the last time i had a tooth cleaning, and I replied, "I don't know." She said with disgust in her voice, "YOU DON'T KNOW?" I said,"Yes ma'am, I haven't had insurance for a very long time until now." She told me she didn't like my attitude and then conveniently said there were no openings available for me ever. I said fine, I don't think it's a good idea if I go in there, and she said GOOD because I don't like you attitude and hung up on me.
I could never get through after that because she would just pick up and start hitting buttons like a 5 year old would and just hung up. I worked hard to get my insurance and now this is how i am being treated.

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I wouldn't be able to tell you if this service was good or not because the front desk receptionist denied me service over the phone. I told her I needed to see a dentist because I needed my wisdom teeth removed. She cut me off and asked when the last time i had a tooth cleaning, and I replied, "I don't know." She said with disgust in her voice, "YOU DON'T KNOW?" I said,"Yes ma'am, I haven't had insurance for a very long time until now." She told me she didn't like my attitude and then conveniently said there were no openings available for me ever. I said fine, I don't think it's a good idea if I go in there, and she said GOOD because I don't like you attitude and hung up on me.
I could never get through after that because she would just pick up and start hitting buttons like a 5 year old would and just hung up. I worked hard to get my insurance and now this is how i am being treated.

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The worst dentist I've ever been to! Friendly enough, but incompetent in their treatment and their screw up caused $10,000 of work from another dentist. I first went in for a cracked tooth. They said it looked like I might have a bone infection but it was nothing to be worried about and they'd do a root canal on the tooth. I've had root canals before, not fun, but no big deal. They said it would take 2 appointments. After 4 appointments and 8 hours of work I was told that the tooth had a cracked root and the root canal failed!! Could it be that they were in there yanking at my tooth for 8 hours?!Then! they did another xray and decided a cat scan was necessary...which they just happened to have in the other room ?!? I've NEVER been to a dentist with a CAT scan machine and the many dentists i have talked to since thought this absurd and absolutely unnecessary, having never needed one to do their jobs. Amazingly enough they discovered that I had a bone infection and that they would have to take out both my back teeth on my lower left side. Dentures, they said, would be an option for an older person, but I was too young and would lose too much bone mass and would hav eto get implants. I was VERY clear that if insurance would cover it and they got PRE-APPROVAL that I'd go for it. They assured me that it would cover most everything. They also told me the whole procedure would be done in the three months I had left before graduation (when I moved away) The lies go on and on. He did bone grafts (apparently a favorite of his based on other reviews, and I found out later used a crappy synthetic graft that takes longer to heal) and was told implants were the only way. What he didn't mention was that NO dental insurances cover it. So I didn't have them done. As a participating provider he was supposed to just accept what my insurance pays, but he didn't. He kept billing my parents, who took it to their union and the union just had the insurance company pay him to get him to leave my parents alone. But that wasn't enough. He kept billing my parents. The union says they'll pay the rest if they just send the dental records and treatment codes. But they didn't, so they haven't been paid. Then they sent the collection agency after my parents. We told them again, send over the treatment codes and they'll get paid. They said that the person that worked there before doesn't work there anymore but that they would. They still didn't. Then they sent a lawyer. We told him the same thing, he assured us he'd get them for us, and nothing. Now, two years later, a SECOND lawyer has contacted us and we've told him the SAME THING. We'll keep playing this game if they want, but it's only a matter of time before they're hearing for my lawyer and answering for their crappy diagnosis and excessively expensive UNNECESSARY treatments. Maybe I'll get them to pay for my hugely expensive implants that i had to get to replace the teeth he stole.Idiot dentist also said that wisdom teeth don't shift teeth and cause them to be crooked and that it was an old wives tale. He lives in his own little world.See this dentist at your own risk,

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The worst dentist I've ever been to! Friendly enough, but incompetent in their treatment and their screw up caused $10,000 of work from another dentist. I first went in for a cracked tooth. They said it looked like I might have a bone infection but it was nothing to be worried about and they'd do a root canal on the tooth. I've had root canals before, not fun, but no big deal. They said it would take 2 appointments. After 4 appointments and 8 hours of work I was told that the tooth had a cracked root and the root canal failed!! Could it be that they were in there yanking at my tooth for 8 hours?!Then! they did another xray and decided a cat scan was necessary...which they just happened to have in the other room ?!? I've NEVER been to a dentist with a CAT scan machine and the many dentists i have talked to since thought this absurd and absolutely unnecessary, having never needed one to do their jobs. Amazingly enough they discovered that I had a bone infection and that they would have to take out both my back teeth on my lower left side. Dentures, they said, would be an option for an older person, but I was too young and would lose too much bone mass and would hav eto get implants. I was VERY clear that if insurance would cover it and they got PRE-APPROVAL that I'd go for it. They assured me that it would cover most everything. They also told me the whole procedure would be done in the three months I had left before graduation (when I moved away) The lies go on and on. He did bone grafts (apparently a favorite of his based on other reviews, and I found out later used a crappy synthetic graft that takes longer to heal) and was told implants were the only way. What he didn't mention was that NO dental insurances cover it. So I didn't have them done. As a participating provider he was supposed to just accept what my insurance pays, but he didn't. He kept billing my parents, who took it to their union and the union just had the insurance company pay him to get him to leave my parents alone. But that wasn't enough. He kept billing my parents. The union says they'll pay the rest if they just send the dental records and treatment codes. But they didn't, so they haven't been paid. Then they sent the collection agency after my parents. We told them again, send over the treatment codes and they'll get paid. They said that the person that worked there before doesn't work there anymore but that they would. They still didn't. Then they sent a lawyer. We told him the same thing, he assured us he'd get them for us, and nothing. Now, two years later, a SECOND lawyer has contacted us and we've told him the SAME THING. We'll keep playing this game if they want, but it's only a matter of time before they're hearing for my lawyer and answering for their crappy diagnosis and excessively expensive UNNECESSARY treatments. Maybe I'll get them to pay for my hugely expensive implants that i had to get to replace the teeth he stole.Idiot dentist also said that wisdom teeth don't shift teeth and cause them to be crooked and that it was an old wives tale. He lives in his own little world.See this dentist at your own risk,

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Very professional and neat office. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr Oberly examined me very well. He was thorough with his diagnosis and explanations and he answered all of my questions. Yeah, the digital camera was really cool...i've never seen anything like it. I'm very happy with this dentist. The only thing was that the wait was a bit long, but not a big deal. Anyhow, when you go to a dentist or a doctor you usually have to wait. Overall, and compare to other dentists I'm giving him 5 stars.

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Very professional and neat office. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr Oberly examined me very well. He was thorough with his diagnosis and explanations and he answered all of my questions. Yeah, the digital camera was really cool...i've never seen anything like it. I'm very happy with this dentist. The only thing was that the wait was a bit long, but not a big deal. Anyhow, when you go to a dentist or a doctor you usually have to wait. Overall, and compare to other dentists I'm giving him 5 stars.

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Don??t be fooled by these negative reviews. I've previously worked in the dental field so I know what I'm talking about (unlike other reviewers). Dr. Oberly is one of the most high-tech and advanced dentists in Central NY. His technology blows away 99% of all the dentists in this area.

First, according to the ADA dentist must perform a comprehensive oral exam, which "includes a review of the patient??s medical and dental history, extraoral and intraoral inspections of the head and neck, and manual palpation of related specific sites." (go to this ADA link for photos,etc. http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/132/suppl_1/36S). So, when he examines your neck, etc. he is doing what should be done t.

Second, he uses dental loupes (3X or more) which allows him to see fractures and teeth problems that other dentists csannot see. In fact, out of three dentists I've visited in Ithaca, he is the only one that has examined me with loupes. Additionally, he will examine your mouth with a digital oral camera that reveals even more because it has higher resolution than the loupes. I could actually see the fractures that he was taking about and the discolorations and decay on my teeth. With his state of the art technology he can see things that no other dentist would be able to see. I guarantee that you will not receive an oral exam of this caliber anywhere else. So, if you go to another dentist in Ithaca, he/she would probably tell you that you don't have X many problems or X amount of cavities because they don't have the technology that allows them to see it. He is light-years ahead of most dentists in central NY.

Finally, unlike the majority of dentists, and medicine in general, Dr. Oberly practices preventive dentistry. A mere two millimeter gum recession is an indication of the first stages of periodontal disease, so if he is telling you the millimeters of recession, he is giving you the proof of the beginning of periodontal disease and bone loss. So, doing a tissue graft is a preventive measure which would restore the gum tissue and avoid periodontitis. Other dentists would let this go and down the years you will end up spending a huge amount of money to restore your gums and treat advanced periodontitis. Furthermore, the vast majority of people present impacted wisdom teeth, which means that you wisdom teeth are not growing in the right direction and colliding with soft tissue or with other teeth. Teeth impaction causes a rippling effect of problems that down the road (which may be years) will cost you more money to treat than when the teeth are extracted early. Therefore, later on when you feel tremendous pain and swelling around your wisdom teeth, you'll remember Dr. Oberly's suggestion and regret following his advice.

I think that those who are posting the negative reviews DON'T KNOW what they are taking about. Dr. Oberly is an outstanding dentist like no other I've ever visited or known. If you're looking for a dentist, I highly recommend Dr. Oberly.

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Don??t be fooled by these negative reviews. I've previously worked in the dental field so I know what I'm talking about (unlike other reviewers). Dr. Oberly is one of the most high-tech and advanced dentists in Central NY. His technology blows away 99% of all the dentists in this area.

First, according to the ADA dentist must perform a comprehensive oral exam, which "includes a review of the patient??s medical and dental history, extraoral and intraoral inspections of the head and neck, and manual palpation of related specific sites." (go to this ADA link for photos,etc. http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/132/suppl_1/36S). So, when he examines your neck, etc. he is doing what should be done t.

Second, he uses dental loupes (3X or more) which allows him to see fractures and teeth problems that other dentists csannot see. In fact, out of three dentists I've visited in Ithaca, he is the only one that has examined me with loupes. Additionally, he will examine your mouth with a digital oral camera that reveals even more because it has higher resolution than the loupes. I could actually see the fractures that he was taking about and the discolorations and decay on my teeth. With his state of the art technology he can see things that no other dentist would be able to see. I guarantee that you will not receive an oral exam of this caliber anywhere else. So, if you go to another dentist in Ithaca, he/she would probably tell you that you don't have X many problems or X amount of cavities because they don't have the technology that allows them to see it. He is light-years ahead of most dentists in central NY.

Finally, unlike the majority of dentists, and medicine in general, Dr. Oberly practices preventive dentistry. A mere two millimeter gum recession is an indication of the first stages of periodontal disease, so if he is telling you the millimeters of recession, he is giving you the proof of the beginning of periodontal disease and bone loss. So, doing a tissue graft is a preventive measure which would restore the gum tissue and avoid periodontitis. Other dentists would let this go and down the years you will end up spending a huge amount of money to restore your gums and treat advanced periodontitis. Furthermore, the vast majority of people present impacted wisdom teeth, which means that you wisdom teeth are not growing in the right direction and colliding with soft tissue or with other teeth. Teeth impaction causes a rippling effect of problems that down the road (which may be years) will cost you more money to treat than when the teeth are extracted early. Therefore, later on when you feel tremendous pain and swelling around your wisdom teeth, you'll remember Dr. Oberly's suggestion and regret following his advice.

I think that those who are posting the negative reviews DON'T KNOW what they are taking about. Dr. Oberly is an outstanding dentist like no other I've ever visited or known. If you're looking for a dentist, I highly recommend Dr. Oberly.

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I had a bizarre and uncomfortable experience today that echos the prior reviews. Dr. Oberly is certainly overzealous. He did several strange things that no other dentists I had seen have ever done, including:1. Carefully noting the minor gum recession I have for each individual tooth the exact amount in millimeters.2. Suggesting I may need tissue grafts (again, my last dentist never mentioned this)3. Insisting on performing a head and neck exam (are dentists qualified to do this?) 4. Insisting I see an allergist to try desensitization to a common medication in case he needed to prescribe it5. Asking if I had ever had my teeth professionally cleaned - implying that I either wasn't taking care of them or my other dentists were incompetent. 6. Stating that any dentist that didn't do a thorough tongue exam was not fit for licensure.Keep in mind that all this was said in the space of about 20 minutes.While he may be a competent dentist, overzealousness aside, his manner is condescending and he appears to relish the "power" of his office. A sure sign of this was the fact that he wore his mask during my initial consultation with him (prior to any work). I would also note that his office staff was both on-the-ball and friendly - even overly so. I think they are well aware they have to compensate for their employer's eccentricities. I would also note that his office and parking lot were both empty upon arriving and leaving.

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I had a bizarre and uncomfortable experience today that echos the prior reviews. Dr. Oberly is certainly overzealous. He did several strange things that no other dentists I had seen have ever done, including:1. Carefully noting the minor gum recession I have for each individual tooth the exact amount in millimeters.2. Suggesting I may need tissue grafts (again, my last dentist never mentioned this)3. Insisting on performing a head and neck exam (are dentists qualified to do this?) 4. Insisting I see an allergist to try desensitization to a common medication in case he needed to prescribe it5. Asking if I had ever had my teeth professionally cleaned - implying that I either wasn't taking care of them or my other dentists were incompetent. 6. Stating that any dentist that didn't do a thorough tongue exam was not fit for licensure.Keep in mind that all this was said in the space of about 20 minutes.While he may be a competent dentist, overzealousness aside, his manner is condescending and he appears to relish the "power" of his office. A sure sign of this was the fact that he wore his mask during my initial consultation with him (prior to any work). I would also note that his office staff was both on-the-ball and friendly - even overly so. I think they are well aware they have to compensate for their employer's eccentricities. I would also note that his office and parking lot were both empty upon arriving and leaving.

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I needed to have my wisdom teeth out and I had a consultation with him and he quoted a good price and said that there might be some extra fees and that i'd need bone replacement and tissue biopsy. The extra fees turned out to be a few thousand dollars and the next oral surgeon I went to to have the remaining two wisdom teeth out said that was unneeded. Do not go to Dr. Oberly!

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I needed to have my wisdom teeth out and I had a consultation with him and he quoted a good price and said that there might be some extra fees and that i'd need bone replacement and tissue biopsy. The extra fees turned out to be a few thousand dollars and the next oral surgeon I went to to have the remaining two wisdom teeth out said that was unneeded. Do not go to Dr. Oberly!

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I went to Dr. Peter Oberly for a dental checkup, expecting to be told I should have my wisdom teeth out and maybe that I had a cavity. Sure enough, he said so. However, to my surprise, he also said I should have an additional several thousand dollars of surgery, including a bone graft and a tumor biopsy! So I got two more opinions from trusted dentists, who agreed that I did not need all that Oberly had suggested. They couldn't even find the cavity he had mentioned! Avoid this dentist.

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I went to Dr. Peter Oberly for a dental checkup, expecting to be told I should have my wisdom teeth out and maybe that I had a cavity. Sure enough, he said so. However, to my surprise, he also said I should have an additional several thousand dollars of surgery, including a bone graft and a tumor biopsy! So I got two more opinions from trusted dentists, who agreed that I did not need all that Oberly had suggested. They couldn't even find the cavity he had mentioned! Avoid this dentist.

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In my opinion this office has an extremely intrusive approach. My teeth have been in relatively good shape my whole life, but when I went to Dr. Oberly's office, he found so many things wrong with my teeth, that at first I thought he was just kidding. I almost laughed in his face when he told me that I had numerous cavities and that I needed to have my wisdom teeth removed (it seems he says that to a lot of people). I surely wanted a second opinion. I went to a different dentist (one whom I consider fairly conservative), and he told me that he completely disagreed with Dr. Oberly's assessment. While I did have a couple of cavities, I certainly did not need to have my wisdom teeth pulled - an expensive and extremely painful procedure. I also did not have as many serious cavities as Dr. Oberly had said. I would say that if you want to be overzealous and get everything done to your teeth "just in case" you may have a problem in the future, then you should go to this office. Otherwise, you will be better off seeking treatment elsewhere. To their credit, the dental hygienist that cleaned my teeth was very nice and professional, so was the secretary.

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In my opinion this office has an extremely intrusive approach. My teeth have been in relatively good shape my whole life, but when I went to Dr. Oberly's office, he found so many things wrong with my teeth, that at first I thought he was just kidding. I almost laughed in his face when he told me that I had numerous cavities and that I needed to have my wisdom teeth removed (it seems he says that to a lot of people). I surely wanted a second opinion. I went to a different dentist (one whom I consider fairly conservative), and he told me that he completely disagreed with Dr. Oberly's assessment. While I did have a couple of cavities, I certainly did not need to have my wisdom teeth pulled - an expensive and extremely painful procedure. I also did not have as many serious cavities as Dr. Oberly had said. I would say that if you want to be overzealous and get everything done to your teeth "just in case" you may have a problem in the future, then you should go to this office. Otherwise, you will be better off seeking treatment elsewhere. To their credit, the dental hygienist that cleaned my teeth was very nice and professional, so was the secretary.

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Acahti Dental is located in a small yellow house downtown, and everything about its interior and its service are as homey as can be. Don't let this fool you. Drs. Peterson and Oberly are truly at the top of their craft. A routine cleaning in the hands of their hygienists is nothing to fear, of course, but what makes Acahti really shine is its impressive management of oral surgery such as wisdom tooth extraction. No week of drugged agony after an extraction at Acahti -- the non-narcotic pain management will have you productive and free of discomfort in a matter of hours.

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Acahti Dental is located in a small yellow house downtown, and everything about its interior and its service are as homey as can be. Don't let this fool you. Drs. Peterson and Oberly are truly at the top of their craft. A routine cleaning in the hands of their hygienists is nothing to fear, of course, but what makes Acahti really shine is its impressive management of oral surgery such as wisdom tooth extraction. No week of drugged agony after an extraction at Acahti -- the non-narcotic pain management will have you productive and free of discomfort in a matter of hours.

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