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Old 10-01-2013, 12:09 PM
 
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Just moved from the DC metro area and had my first dental check-up. I had one 7 months ago in my old state, during which no work was suggested. I have been told to "watch" my gums and floss regularly but not diagnosed with periodontal disease before. When I got the "treatment plan" from the dentist today, which I have not signed off on yet, I was shocked by the prices compared to what I paid for similar work in Virginia. Can someone tell me if these prices are normal for the area. The first price is their charge, the () is my share after insurance.

Periodontal deep cleaning including arrestin on 12 surfaces $1558 ($954)
Porcelain crown and core buildup $1318 (794) for one
$1527 (865) for the other with resin.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I'm checking with my parent's now and will let you know what they say about the prices. They are usually in the mid to upper middle range on their prices so are usually a fair party to go to for these questions. Also I would recommend a second opinion, it never hurts and any good dentist should not have any issue with you getting one if their work, prices and diagnosis are fair.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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Run don't walk to get another opinion. If you're dentist back home said you're fine, then you're probably fine.

There are plenty of good old-school dentists around here. Stay away from the hucksters peddling "treatment plans".
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Agreed with above post. The quote you got for the crown is reasonable though.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Run don't walk to get another opinion. If you're dentist back home said you're fine, then you're probably fine.

There are plenty of good old-school dentists around here. Stay away from the hucksters peddling "treatment plans".
This.

However, not every dentist who has a treatment plan is a quack. Mine put me on a treatment plan and I went and got a second opinion on the sly...they backed up everything she said. Her prices aren't that high, though!
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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My dentist charged me about $1670 for a root canal and a crown. My dentist in UT charges about $1300 on the same tooth (I called him).
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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My dentist charged me about $1670 for a root canal and a crown. My dentist in UT charges about $1300 on the same tooth (I called him).
That sounds about right.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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You should shop around. From my experience it seems that prices do tend to be higher in some upscale settings. I visited a dentist in Uptown and he pitched me a treatment plan that was going to be in 3 phases and several thousand dollars.
I went to another dentist with the same specialty and he treated my main concern and when I asked him about all the other items (without letting on that I'd been to another dentist)...he stated that most of that would be "elective" as purely cosmetic procedure which he could do but felt it wasn't all that necessary and a lot to take on.

If you really want to try and save a few...I believe the Baylor School of Dentistry has a patient program that allows you to get low(er) costing dental work albeit by student dentists under the supervision of the faculty dentists. You have to register on their site and there is a base fee for registration and some limitations. Might be worth a look.

I do have a friend who has gone to a border town in South Tx and has saved thousands on his dental work. His teeth look great and he swears by the services. Most of the dentists in the border town went to Baylor in Dallas. Funny thing.
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