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Old 07-02-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wondering if I should change dentists. Mine charges $128 for a cleaning by the dental hygenist and a 15-30 second checkup by the dentist. Is this a fair and reasonable amount to pay for this area?
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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My wife and I paid $117.00 each last month. No x-rays. Our dentist spent a little more time with us though.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: North Carolina; former New York Stater
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Mine wanted to charge $150 last fall. Then I called back to see if I could try to get it a little cheaper, and they said the price was $350 because I "hadn't had a cleaning in over a year."

Thank goodness my daughter is now a dental hygienist and my future son-in-law will be a dentist next year. I let them practice on my teeth as students a few months ago. Dental cleaning was free. If I wasn't related, it would have been $10. In NYC. Their professors said my teeth were fine and certainly didn't warrant an extra charge by anyone for cleaning.

So I think your $128 is fine. My daughter said that an average cleaning fee in general is about $100.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:01 PM
 
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One good way to avoid dental ripoffs is to have dental insurance and to ONLY use dentists in the plan as participating providers.

That way, you are billed the negotiated rate not the regular rate. The participating dentist must take this as full payment.

Dentists in NC used to be very arrogant and only fill out your insurance claims. Now, many more are becoming participating providers with dental plans.
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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I'm not sure, but you could call a few local dentists and get their fees over the phone or on their website. $128 does sound a little pricey.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:07 PM
 
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86 dollars Riccobene Great work good dentists.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have Metlife Preferred Dental Plan (PDP). It sounds like his charges aren't THAT far out of line. Thanks for your input.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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I have Metlife Preferred Dental Plan (PDP). It sounds like his charges aren't THAT far out of line. Thanks for your input.
That's what we have too through the Federal plan.

Gov't does not subsidize but we get group rates.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: NW Cary
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I have Metlife Preferred Dental Plan (PDP). It sounds like his charges aren't THAT far out of line. Thanks for your input.

If you are going to an in-network provider, those charges are a reduced rate that were negotiated with Met Life.

By chance, are you inquiring because you need an extra cleaning in the calendar year? Or just checking prices??? Even negotiated prices are figured by zip code.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you are going to an in-network provider, those charges are a reduced rate that were negotiated with Met Life.

By chance, are you inquiring because you need an extra cleaning in the calendar year? Or just checking prices??? Even negotiated prices are figured by zip code.
No. I get two cleanings per calendar year now. I was just wondering if this is approximately what others in the area are being charged for cleaning and exam.
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