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Old 11-02-2007, 01:08 PM
 
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I was quoted over $2,000 to get all four of my wisdom teeth removed and after insurance I will be responsible for just over $1000 . Is this typical? My procedure is pretty typical I think.
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I got my wisdom teeth taken out about 4 years ago and don't remember paying anywhere near that amount. You should ask for a breakdown of the costs and see if they are including optional charges.

Talk about inflation....
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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the 2,000 sounds right, especially if you are having sedation - but your portion sounds excessive - does that include a deductible?
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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My dental insurance maximum benefit is $1000, so your portion sounds about right if you have a similar plan.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:28 PM
 
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My son's were also $2000 and were removed about a year ago. However where I work, for tooth extractions medical was the primary and dental was the secondary insurance. I think I ended up paying only about $50. You may want to check and see if where you work is similar.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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If they are impacted then it's much more of a procedure. However, that's where the medical part of your insurance can start paying. I am a dentist.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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My partner ended up paying $217.00 as her portion for wisdom teeth removal. Two were impacted but the total cost of the procedure was right under $1100. She had sedation done for her surgery. Maybe it depends on your dental plan coverage. I have a DMO plan not PPO.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:33 PM
 
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Default If your brave enough, you could check

UNC and see if they can fit you in the schedule. Their dental school would be more than happy to assist with your wisdom teeth removal. My wife and her sister were taken there when they were kids. My mother-in-law didn't have to pay one penny. Both of their mouths have straight teeth and no problems!
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I had to pay for mine about 2 years ago, paid like between 800-900 bucks. It was really strange, that dentist was part of my dental insurance plan but he didn't want to do the procedure and bill insurance. He wanted to do the procedure and me pay cash.

So he sent me to his other dental business (really in the same building just different suite #) and insisted that I pay cash for the extraction. The preventative stuff was covered and normally extractions would too. And I didn't actually have to go outside the building and come in the other suite entrance. He just had me walk from the inside down a hallway to a different counter where that receptionist said they were considered a different entity (same dentist) but didn't take insurance and if I wanted it done, I'd have to pay cash. I was in so much pain so I just did it. Come to think of it, it seemed really odd.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:41 AM
 
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That is considered fraud! He is definitely utilizing a huge loop hole. He is pocketing every penny when someone pays in cash. This is exactly why I keep saying that Dentists are bigger scammers than used car salesman. Atleast the consumer has plenty of dealers to pick from and their prices have to be competitive. Dentists prey on people that are hurting. They have their astronomical rate and that's it!

As long as your tooth extraction went well, more power to you!

My wife had a tooth that needed a root canal/cap, etc. It cost us $2K with insurance!!!!!

Insurance companies are a racket.
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