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Old 11-12-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I'm sorry, when one TOOTH has to cost more to take care of than my mortgage payment, something is not right.

I believe these ridiculously high costs are due to a dentist having too much overhead, too glamarous of an office, too many new expensive gadgets and pieces of equipment and too much office staff to have to pay salaries to.

I like my dentist personally and I think he's great at what he does, but I am going to leave him now. There has got to be at least one good dentist in this city who knows how to better manage his office so that his patient's don't have to pay such high prices. Any recommendations folks? When I find one I will definitely be switching over.
Check out the practice I put a link to earlier - some of my neighbors have switched to that practice since it is close by and they say the prices are lower than elsewhere. Can't give you a personal rec but have not heard anything bad f/ others who are going there.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Dang - I am glad I am having all my dental work done now before I move to CLT! I feel very lucky and fortunate to be paying - what seems like to me a lot to me - but I guess I am getting a really good deal compared to what it would cost me later!! I guess I can't complain.

$2700 for a 3 tooth porcelain crown bridge, includes single tooth extraction and temp bridge, bleaching - because what the heck - if I am going through this might as well have better looking teeth (3 front teeth) and visits etc.

Regarding Care Credit - what type of financing each office offers varies. Care Credit's website said the offer 12 and 18 months interest free financing but my dentist office only offered 12 months - probably a small fee associated with offering it - but allows more payment options to offer to patients. I had a choice of 10% if I paid in full and didn't use Care Credit or 12 months interest free. Care credit also has longer term payment plans with interest as well.

What's nice about Care Credit is it can be used for other medical related services as well. Several years back I had Lasik surgery and used Care Credit to get 18 months interest free.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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I need two crowns and my new dentist charges $1200 each. Does this seem reasonable for Charlotte based on your experience? Also, my dentist makes patients pay 100% up front at the time of service and then reimbursement comes directly to the patient from the insurance co. I've never had this type of arrangement with a dentist. Not sure I want to cough up $2400 for crowns and then wait for the 50% reimbursement. Ouch. Appreciate any advice.
I wonder if you and I go to the same dentist! Back in January 2007 I had three cavities filled, then I needed to get a root canal and a crown for a different tooth. By the time it was all said and done, I could only afford the fillings and the root canal before I'd maxed out my insurance benefit ($1500 per year at the time) and my own pocketbook. I wore my temporary crown for about 18 months, then went last month and earlier this month for the "post and crown." My portion of the "post and crown" was about $670. The "post and core" (which they had to do because I'd had a root canal in a molar, and there was no interior for my tooth) was priced at $316 by the dentist. Then the crown, which was porcelain to metal, was $990. So altogether, it was $1306, and insurance paid half.

The thing that I think is unusual about my dentist is that they require you to pay your account in full by the time you have your last service. I've never gone to a doctor or a dentist who did that. All of my medical providers have always sent me invoices, which I pay over time.

I do think my dentist does good work. They're reasonable gentle -- dental work is never really gentle -- and I think the work is high-quality. It just sucks to pay that big bill. Thank heavens for FSA and dental insurance!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Huntersville, NC
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What a timely post! A crown on one of my molars broke after only three years. Insurance won't cover the replacement since it happened too soon to the original work, so this one will be "on me." Anyway, my dentist (in Huntersville) charges $995 for either porcelain or gold and says he'll be raising his prices after the first of the year. He said he'd charge me half price for the new crown since it broke so soon (I grind my teeth when I sleep). Listening to some of the prices in this thread, I think I better jump on that offer!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel
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Does this not come under the heading of CONSUMER COMPLAINTS ? ? ? ?
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:45 AM
 
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$1100-$1200 seems to be the rate that all the dentists agreeded upon at their annual conference in Las Vegas.

All kidding aside from my experiences (and family) thats the number we paid in NY.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel
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I don't understand dentist pricing at all. The last and only tooth I've had pulled was in 1974, it cost $8.
My just had some pulled last yeat and it now costs $250+ per tooth... WHY? And you have to go to a specialist to get it done.
That's a 31.25 times increase, I know my pay hasn't increased that much.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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To add on to this, I can understand being billed at POS for unestablished clients, but to treat your regulars the same is really bad for business.
It isn't bad for business if everyone else is doing it too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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I find Dentists in greater Charlotte area charge more for their work than back home in Orange county , NY. One dentist wanted to charge over 2oo per tooth for fillings, I needed 4. I could have flown up to NY and had all 4 done for less!!!
I now need a crown and I am shopping around. I just finished paying off my Care.com bill for my bridge. Dental work to me is way too expensive for those with no insurance and limited funds.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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I find Dentists in greater Charlotte area charge more for their work than back home in Orange county , NY. One dentist wanted to charge over 2oo per tooth for fillings, I needed 4. I could have flown up to NY and had all 4 done for less!!!
I now need a crown and I am shopping around. I just finished paying off my Care.com bill for my bridge. Dental work to me is way too expensive for those with no insurance and limited funds.

$50 a filling? Do they use a corkscrew and fill the hole with used gum?
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