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This is funny reading all your post about how expensive dentist are. Also to hear how uninformed you are about dental work. I don’t blame you guys because I have read a study in the past that patients only remember 22% of what was told to them by the time they get to their car after the first dental appointment.
As for the expensive part of dentistry. It depends on the plan usually your employer picks or that you pick from the employer if you have multiple choices. I am an in-network PPO dentist. Those prices you quoted are very high and sound like you went to an out of network dentist.
Being an in-network dentist I agree to lower fees from the insurance companies. Crowns are in the range of $664-$900 depending on which insurance. With delta dental insurance my crown fee is 664 which is a lot of my patients. Most average plans pay only 50% for major work(crown) your looking at $332-$450 for a crown out of pocket. Fillings are only $120ish depends on size and insurance pays 80% so your taking about 24 bucks for one filling.
“Crowns are in the range of $664-$900 depending on which insurance.” You’re dreaming — or hallucinating. Sorry for being blunt but us Little People are NOT dental insiders…
No, it’s not. You are being ripped off.
You must be going to an out of network dentist. As I said in a previous post. When your an in-network dentist, the dentist agrees to an insurance discounted fee. Not their UCR fee(regular price for someone with no insurance) for delta dental my contract is I can only charge $664 for a crown. To be blunt… it’s not $1500
Fluoride rinse is only a buck at Dollar Tree. Brush once a day and use the rinse and you are on top of things. Works well.
I grew up in an area where the water was fluoridated and never had a cavity until a couple of years after moving to place without fluoridated water. Moved several more times and have only four fillings at 55 years old.
My teeth were in great shape. Fell out of a deer stand and broke half of them. Terrible fortune. You are very perspicacious and fortunate…
There is a book coming out this summer by Dr. Julie Babcock that explains in detail what is going on with dentistry. It will cover how to find a good, honest dentist, and what questions to ask to ensure you are in the hands of a really good ethical one. Dentists vary greatly in skill and ethics. Excellent dentistry is an investment that an last a life time and although it is expensive, it lasts longer than anything else you may buy. It beats the car, furniture, kitchen appliances etc.
The problem is seeing cheaper dentists who are fixing broken things without addressing the cause of the disease in the first place. Failure to address this leads to expensive failures and redoing work. A good dentist will take plenty of time to teach their patients how to care for their teeth properly so the patient is less dependent on them.
For costs, yes, it can be expensive but keep in mind that the average overhead in a dental practice is over 75%. The costs must be covered or the dentist is out of business quick. Dentists rarely have any business training at all but they do understand that money coming in must be higher than money going out. When dental insurance limits the fee to 40% of what it should be the dentist must work an assembly line doubling production just to stay alive. Patients without insurance must make up the difference creating higher prices.
When it is time to invest in dentistry, do your homework, read the book by Dr. Babcock and find one that will take great care of you. The best dentists will not only do a very thorough exam of your mouth, he/she will spend time talking with you so he/she understands what you are looking for, what your fears are etc.. You should receive a complete treatment plan or “roadmap” with multiple options that restore health over time. That is the most upfront honest way to deal with your dentist. Otherwise every time you go in for a cleaning they will find more broken things to fix and there will never be a trusting relationship.
Dental care is simply too expensive.
So is losing your teeth.
Dental anesthesia related fears are founded in reality. Never, ever trust your dentist or staff to administer anesthesia. Ask an anesthesiologist why.
I have a great dentist and hygienist.
Find a DDS that specializes in pain-free. For general dental work you don’t need anesthesia, just Novocain.
I go twice a year, and pretty much only need cleanings at this point.
Can’t afford dental care. Also, I’ve had bad advice from dentists that resulted in broken teeth.
Of course the expense is a big factor, but there are also shady dentists out there who do unnecessary treatments too. How is it that one dentist sees no cavities but another one a month later somehow finds cavities in both wisdom teeth I had that never had a problem before? Then there is the time the dental assistant dropped the temporary cap down my throat and I started choking while the idiot stood there and did nothing. Luckily, I was able to somehow dislodge it and cough it out. So, yeah a trip to the dentist scares me – I almost choked to death there.
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