How much does it cost and will it change when my mouth is numb and full of cotton?

I am one of those people who can’t figure out why dentists charge so much money. One time I agrees to have all my silver fillings (amalgam) replaced with the new white (composite) fillings. First of all Ouch! Second, I remember the dentist telling me how easy and painless it would be and not only was it not easy, cost me $250 more “out of pocket”, at the time of service, than I was quoted, it made my teeth hurt more and be more sensitive for about 4 years. I will stop whining now. 😥 

Do you know how important your teeth are? How much does it cost to have heart surgery? 

Do you know anyone who has to take antibiotics before getting their teeth clean, or any other work on their teeth. I do. The reason for this requirement is that dental work can release bacteria into your blood stream potentially causing heart complications.

How skilled is my dentist? How much does it cost to be a dentist? 

From the brief research I did, dentists graduate with debt in the 300K to 400K range. Dentistry is an overlap of art and science… and now in the world of social and mass media it is also the art of customer service.  Dentists not only are required to complete and excel during a number of years of school and training before entering the practice of dentistry, they are required to continue their education and training to maintain certification. 

Then all that equipment in the office to do the very precise work they’ve been trained to do, some of it costs as much as their education. Paying employees and their insurance. Using sterile materials each and every time they stick a hand in your mouth. X-Rays. The list goes on and on.  Read more about the expense of dentistry.

How much does it cost to buy health insurance?

Some people are fortunate to have health insurance through their jobs. If you don’t there are lists of website that are like Progressive Auto Insurance, they broker plans for multiple insurance companies. Here are is one I found:

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 Insurance does help pay for dentistry. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask about any discount. Practices who have to file dental claims use additional man hours to do this and they payments are heavily delayed. 

How much does it cost to buy a Whopper?

Well it differs from store to store.  What does this have to do with anything? Every business these days is based in a world where service matters. There is no reason to pay money to receive products and services from someone you don’t like and who you feel is cheating you. Dentists are in BUSINESS! I recently went for an orthodontic consultation (braces) for my son. The dentist had a young woman do the business portion of the consult because that is not his forte. He focuses on the ortho stuff, which he did very well. She was very knowledgeable, well spoken, she listen well and thoroughly answered questions. She also said. “We understand if you choose to get another opinion, just let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.”

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A second opinion? Well of course. We often forget when it comes to our health that medicine is a practice, just like two football coaches will conduct practice differently, each doctor has a different way to practice. It is our job to ask questions so we can understand, expect all the facts and be cautious when people hesitate and are not willing to give all the details.