Daniel Wank DDS - The Worst Dentist in NYC
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Daniel Wank DDS – The Worst Dentist in NYC

Daniel Wank DDS – The Worst Dentist in NYC
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I want to start this blog post by saying that I never imagined myself writing an article like this. I just want all of you to be aware of something like this happening in New York City these days.

Back in August 2016, I got a new dental insurance and wanted to do a regular check up. So I found an 1-800dentist number on Google where I was recommended “the best dentist in my area” – Dr. Daniel Wank. I made an appointment and came to see Daniel Wank, who immediately found multiple issues with my teeth. One of them – unfinished root canal by my previous dentist. He also found a few more issues with my crowns, etc. Of course, I wanted to start with the most important issue – the root canal – to prevent infection and possible damage. 

On my next visit where Dr. Daniel Wank was supposed to take care of my root canal, I waited for 45 minutes to see the doc, while the procedure itself took Dr. Daniel Wank 15 minutes, which really surprised me. I figured that it might be some pretreatment preparation and the actual treatment for the root canal was to be scheduled for another day. So I booked another appointment. The next time I came, it happened again: I waited for 40 minutes and the actual procedure took Dr. Wank 15 minutes. He drilled my tooth and put a temporary crown, saying: “Next visit we put a crown.” I thought I’m crazy, I asked his assistant if the doctor worked on my root canal. She said: “He worked on your crown, as you asked, and never started working on your root canal. Your co-pay is $1,100.” I was shocked at the amount since the maximum co-pay for a crown with my dental insurance is $400 and for the root canal – around $200. 

Of course I didn’t pay that. My next step was to find another dentist who could answer all of my questions regarding my teeth and treat my root canal properly. I also asked my insurance to investigate this whole situation. 

 To make a long story short:

  • Dr. Daniel Wank shouldn’t have started working on the crown before the root canal was taken care of.  
  • My new dentist is still working on my tooth because Daniel Wank put a metal post and did crown prep without treating the root canal first (I am attaching an image of an X-Ray from my new dentist where you can see the post and the root canal unfinished). So the new dentist needs to carefully take the post out, make sure there is enough tooth for a crown, finish the root canal and put a crown. Not only is it painful and time-consuming (as I am forced to keep taking time off of work to have my tooth re-treated), it is also extremely expensive, because some of the re-treatment procedures are not covered by my dental insurance and for some other procedures I don’t have enough insurance balance. 

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  • After all the procedures I had to endure, there is still a 50% chance that I will lose this tooth and will need to put an implant (which is going to cost me yet more money). 
  • During his procedures, Daniel Wank affected another tooth that I had no issue with before seeing Dr. Wank. I had to treat it with my new dentist and do a root canal. More pain, more time wasted, more money out of pocket. 
  • My insurance company contacted Dr. Wank and requested all necessary documentation and X-Rays in order to investigate the issue. He completely ignored their request (please see the letter below). Because he knows the truth and doesn’t want to get in trouble with the insurance company and his license.

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  • I also sent an email to Dr. Wank’s office and requested my X-Rays in order to simplify the re-treatment with my new dentist. Dr. Daniel Wank ignored my request as well. Because he knew I would send copies to my insurance company.

I didn’t have any serious issues with my teeth before I saw Dr. Wank and now I made SEVEN visits to another dentist to fix what Dr. Daniel Wank DDS has done. He overcharges clients, performs unnecessary procedures, ignores insurance companies’ requests and ignores his clients’ requests. So after I was personally affected so badly by Daniel Wank, and after reviewing all similar stories on Yelp and Google, I want to say:

Daniel Wank DDS is the worst dentist in NYC

My mission is to share my story on as many platforms as possible and contact my local Dental Society in order to prevent Dr. Wank from performing malpractice and ruining the teeth of his trusting patients. I want to ensure that no one has to go through this time-consuming, painful and expensive experience as I had.

Below I copied-pasted some other stories from Yelp and Google users. That’s many, but can you imagine how many people just didn’t find the time to tell their stories?

Yelp Users:

– Bad experience! Daniel Wank is an unprofessional dentist who instead of fixing my root canal started working on a crown without my confirmation. So I went to another dentist who is going to remove Daniel Wank’s “work” and fix my root canal. Extra work and insurance investigation – this is my experience with Dr. Daniel Wank.

– 21st Century Dental of Canarsie, LLC This use to be Dr Gary Levine office who sold his practice to Dr. Daniel Wank, whose staff is very rude, the women jasmine who claims to be the office manager, works as a hygienist; the staff is trained to accept all insurance whereas Dr. Daniel Wank is not covered on all Insurance; after treatment, they would ask for copayment, when there is none. (Government Insurance / Medicaid) Please be on look out or call your insurance carrier to find a doctor on your plan. This Dr. is a rip off….be careful, call 311 and make a
report or write to me, I have numbers in Albany where you can lodge a complaint.

– While putting in a bottom crown he drilled through a top crown to make the bottom one fit. The top crown fell out. Dr. Wank would not take responsibility. I ended up going to a second dentist. It cost me $3000 to fix what he broke. Worked without mask and gloves. Kept leaving my mouth to answer phones and look at files not related to my case. Not focused. He is very nice but nice doesn’t cut it.

– Friendly, sure, but not a great dentist. I hate dentists, terrified of them, I informed Dr. Wank of that. . But as tooth problems go…. They have to be taken care of at some point. So I went. .. For a tooth extraction and a root canal and a filling. He would waste my time trying to convince me to get things done that I repeatedly said I had zero interest in doing, and also decided to work on my teeth without applying any numbing agents. After I complained about the pain he said that he “assumed I wouldn’t want to be numb for 3 hours for just a small procedure. ” No, dr. Wank, I’m not paying you hundreds of dollars to ‘assume’ I prefer to feel pain. I’ve since switched to a new dentist in Queens, and she has truly made me realize how terrible he really was.

– Dr. Wank seems to care enough for a NYC physician, however I’ve had two terrible experiences with his hygienist and will never be returning to his office again. She’s extremely rough, with no perception of my being in pain. The second time I went, to give it another ‘go’, not only did she waltz in almost 20 minutes late, for one of the first appointments of the day, she actually dropped a dental tool in my mouth and caused it to bleed. I pushed back in pain and she throws back her tools, gets up and leaves and says, “We’re finished here.” She said she would go get the dentist. After several minutes of no activity, I got up out of my chair and found her in another room with Dr. Wank bending over and fixing a part on one of his chairs. He said, “Oh, she didn’t tell me you were ready.” I told him about her actions and he said he would speak with her. He called me the next day to see if I was OK, though I’m thinking it’s only so that I wouldn’t sue him. The first time I went, he also made sarcastic comments about what my insurance would or wouldn’t cover. Overall not impressed. With the plethora of dentists available, he’s unfortunately lost this patient to someone else!

– Please do not go to this dentist. When I moved to NYC 2 years ago, I began seeing Dr. Wank. There was a tooth that needed a crown and he convinced me that the route canal needed to be re-done and that he could rightly fix a crown on there. I trusted him. Then while doing a filling on another tooth, he hit the nerve causing me to get another route canal. I just received a cleaning 3 weeks ago where Dr. Wank’s report was that I was all good. No cavities and no need for work. Just last week, an abscess appeared on my gum. I went to another dentist only to find that the 2 route canals are infected and I am now on antibiotics and have to get the 2 crowns redone. I may not be able to save one tooth. Aside from this treatment all having to be redone, less than 2 years later, he also has very poor and unprofessional manners. He tries to get more work done for you just because you have coverage left on your insurance. He also has fell asleep before while doing work and has taken personal phone calls in the exam room with his son.

– I have to agree with the other poor reviews of unecessary surgery. Please go elsewhere before settling on Dr. Wank. I have been going to the same dentist in my hometown since I was young enough to see a dentist. Since that dentist is not in the city, it was hard for me to commit to regular appointments, due to convenience and proximity. Finally (after years of saying I would find a local dentist), I was referred to Dr. Wank (by someone I don’t know that well, in hindsight). I saw him and really liked him and his receptionist at first- friendly, etc. Looking back I should’ve gone with my gut from the first appointment. He claimed he needed to take care of some “POTENTIAL” problem areas before they turned into cavities, and picked 4 teeth he had to do work on. My entire life, I’ve had good teeth, have only had 1 or 2 cavities in total, and never have issues on my annual visits with my former dentist- always regular, routine, “you have good teeth” check ups. I should’ve suspected something now that all of a sudden some new Dr tells me he has to do all this work. He proceeded to bring me back 3 different times (which I’m convinced is some insurance ploy to get him paid more, as the work could’ve all been done in one visit). Fast forward about 6 months, and all the teeth he did work on are sore, sensitive to hot and cold, hurt terribly when I chew on crunchy things, etc. I started using sensodyne for the first time in my life to no avail. I’m afraid he may have done some serious nerve damage at this point… and will be going back to my old, trustworthy, dentist to get this checked out. PLEASE avoid him!!!!!!

– I was going to let this matter go and not comment on the substandard treatment I have received from Dr. Wank over the last few years. I believe I’ve received nothing more than a ‘patchwork” approach to my dental problems. Work that had to be done over, gum and bone problems not treated well plus a total lack of preventative dentistry. Dr. Wank’s uncertainty and your inability to see upcoming problems has caused me many problems. Thankfully, after waiting way too long, I am now being treated by a wonderful Periodontist and a highly professional General Dentist. They have planned a fine overall plan to save my teeth, gums and bone loss. This, of course, will be expensive, but I am secure that at the end of the day my dental health will be fine. To think of the time and money I wasted having Dr. Wank treat me and to have most of this work re-done makes me realize that 25 years of feeling friendly ( he is a nice guy) had blinded me to incompetence.

– Had some oral surgery done with Dr. Wank. At first, seems like a nice guy. But, instead of fixing the problem areas, he performed surgery on unnecessary areas. When I asked him about it, he said that he couldn’t fix the areas that had problems because they were already damaged. I ended up needlessly paying hundreds for painful surgery that I didn’t need. Don’t be fooled. If you go, make sure he clearly explains what he is going to do and GET A SECOND OPINION from another periodontist.

– Dirty dentist, manner is very condescending. Left used equipment on the sink and proceeded to check my teeth without using gloves. this place needs to be shut down!

Google Users:

– Rude receptionist, unprofessional dentist. worst experience ever!
– After time I realized that yes he was personable and friendly wasn’t worth all the pain. Vicky is amazing and the dentist is a nice guy but I realized that some of his practices were lazy and he wants to cut corners to get the most buck. I went to him for 6 years and now I will never step back in his office again. I had to have oral surgery to fix what he did.

– Bad experience. Daniel Wank is an unprofessional dentist who instead of fixing my root canal started working on a crown without my confirmation. So I went to another dentist who is going to remove Daniel Wank’s “work” and fix my root canal. Extra work and insurance investigation – this is my experience with Dr. Daniel Wank. p.s. Rude receptionist, the doctor is too aggressive to make money!

– He should not have started working on a crown before he is done with my root canal. So I need to retreat my tooth because of his unprofessional approach.

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