yeah they are a rip off, unfortunately supply and demand ya need your teeth and well people know it is somehtignt hat will be paid for because f that fact. I just hate it when you are referred to another more specialised dental area for whatever reason and you have to have a 'consultatio' with the referred office and its costs, why cant you get it for free seeing as you will obviously be paying for the subsequent treatments.
I got charge over $300 for filling one tooth and then a surcharge because I have TMJ and she had to devote extra time to my case allowing me time to rest off and on. Get serious. She said I took extra time in her chair so I had to make up for it. Now I have I think serious cavities infecting my mouth and I can't afford the dentist's cause it's too insanely expensive!
dentists are crazy, how can someone charge a patient extra due to the fact that their particular procedure took extra time, the patient nor the Dr can predict this so how can you ethically charge for such a thing.
I went for my wisdom teeth consoltation yesterday, and i was nicely infomred that once i got to the office signed in etc that it would be an upfront billing and I would have to file my insurance also that thye had to take new x rays so instead of say a 60 dollar appointment it turned into roughly 105 dollars out of my own pocket,, Not a huge huge expense right off but i hadnt budgeted for having to pay it myself so im now very low on funds.
Also i have to have the 4 wisdom teetheth removed within a month at a so far estimated cost of $ 1800 cash up front Ok cash cheque or credit up front.
I cant afford that right now but what do ya do, let teeth grow in th ewrong place, fall apart in your mouth, affect other teeth or the rest of your body, we are all stuck and dentists know this.
They seem to think that because they went to dental schools they are heart surgeons and shouuld be paid accordingly.
There's also the tendency becasue they read that a Park Avenue dentist charged $$$$$, that dentists in Dumb***, Alabama should charge the same!
Part of the problem is the invention of Dental Insurance which goves them a bunch of people who don't question charges becasue "the insurance will pay it." That really puts the screws to us who DON'T have the insurance.
For a reality check, all dentistry used to be done by BARBERS!
"Shave and extraction, sir?"
At least the barbers usually got the haircut right...many dentists cannot make that same claim.
i searched high and low for an honest dentist when mine of many years passed away. found one i thought would work. she charged my insurance co. alot of money for work that she didn;t do. before i was aware of this i sent my daughter there who has no dental insurance. WOW!!!!!!!! what a price tag. charged her more than me for some of the same work knowing she didn't have insurance. when questioned the answer was "well that's what happens to people without insurance" so it's a punishment? when i found out what she did with my insurance co. i caleled them and they went after the dentist for payment in full back. what a disgrace.
I brush 3 to 4 time a day and I still had teeth to chip and get cavities in them brcause I grind my teeth at night when I sleep. Did I want to chip my teeth no! Also I ran high fevers when I was a baby so that caused my anamal to be weak.
I feel your pain when it comes to dentists being rip offs. I just finished paying over 500 on one tooth. Now they are saying insurance is not paying and I owe anothe 350 plus if I want to have the crown put on that they say I need it will be another 500 or more up front. The dentist office said tha they got all this preapproved with my insurance co. Guess what they lied. Now I am verry depressed about the bill. Things all already really thight.
thats crazy the kind of dentist there that pops up in the news every blue moon, I have insurance thankfully, but even then i still end up out of pocket especially when i am told i have to pay up front.
i hear you. yes the insurance co. got all the money back. they admitted to not doing the work but said they billed for it because they planned on it. only thing was everytime i had an appt they called at the last minute and cancelled and said someone died. i could have believed this but when i called to reschedule one day i offered my condolences and the girl who answered starting laughing and had no idea what the h--- i was talking about and assured me no one had died. that really made me mad. here i am at the dentist urgence having all sorts of root canals and crowns put on teeth that i would have preferred to just have pulled and had a bridge made. BUT NO. that's not what she wanted to do. so she started the work, billed the insurance co. for it and then had no intentions of seeing me again to finish it. well she depleted my yearly allottment which is quite a bit. my insurance co. was right on it. it took less than a week to get the money back. sad part of it is it cost my daughter $2000 out of her pocket before we realized what was going on. then they started cancelling her appt. and sending her a bill the next day. LOL what idiots. how long did they think it would take for someone to realize what they were doing. and then have their own employee dime them out. my dentist starting asking me at 22 if i was a diabetic. i am now at 52. that's why i have so many gum and teeth problems not because i don't eat right, floss and brush. diabetes is also diet controlled so there.LOL
[Please do not use cuss/slang words. Thanks - Well-come Moderator.]
I agree that the "progressive" advent of Insurance is at the root. It must be so wonderful to sell products to people who couldn't care less about cost. Then, of course, everybody else has a little piece of plastic in his or her wallet. And there is a sort of honor among all thieves... so no one will undercut the others. And pretty soon a provider starts to believe he actually DESERVES the insane fees.
And regarding "fault," is it the dentits's entitlement to dish out punishment for profit? If they actually start to believe that, they truly do think they are gods.
Every tooth in my mouth that is a disaster (or is missing) is a disaster precisely BECAUSE of poor dental treatment.
Had I never HEARD the word dentist, my teeth would be better then they are now.
I think bad dentistry is the orerarching cause of bad teeth. I wish someone had told me that when I was 10! It has been a very expensive and painful learning curve on my own over the years!
If they put fluoride in EVERY water supply and taught kids how to brush in kindergarten, they could bury all the dentists in the slag heap of historical anomalies...like the doctors (and barbers) who did leeching and judged health by the shape of the feces.