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Old 01-09-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Angry How much should it cost to go to the Dentist?

This week my 18 year old daughter went to the dentist for a basic cleaning and before I knew it was over $700.

Cleaning $135.00
Xray's $ 90.00
2 filling's $500.00

Total $725.00 This just seem's high to me what is any else paying?
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Cleaning and xrays seem about right.....now that I think about it, so do the fillings. My 19 year old needs 2 bridges...they want $6100. Now THATS too much!!!
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:08 PM
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Location: The 12th State
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the prices above are about right for the area. Chapel Hill does have a dental school if you dont mind you or your children being guinea pigs with them for lower cost
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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The fillings seem a bit high to me. Everything else is pretty much on target.
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Seems about right to me, too. Don't you usually ask how much procedures are going to cost (and if there's room for negotiation, payment plans, etc) before having the procedure done?
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Erwin, NC
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Or you can go to Wake Tech and get it all done for $20 by students. It may take a little longer, but it's extremely thorough (includes vitals, cancer screening, and patient education).
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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I feel your pain. We shelled out over $2100 the past two months, thanks to two emergency root canals that I had to have (emergency, meaning, there's no way I could've handled the pain much longer). We don't have insurance, so it all came out of pocket.

The fillings seem a bit high to me. I've had every tooth in my mouth filled, except the one that just broke and fell out (hyperemesis gravidarum really messes with your teeth), and even though I had insurance at the time all this dental work was going on, I don't think each individual filling cost that much.

Some dental places are good about payment plans, though. I payed $50 every two weeks to my dentist when I was getting all those fillings. (Endo/periodontists weren't so good about payment plans, though, hence the hemorraging of money that went on the past few months.)

My sympathies to your daughter, Caryguy. Dental work sucks, especially when you're paying a ton to be put in pain.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:22 PM
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Location: Taylors, SC
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Or you can go to Wake Tech and get it all done for $20 by students. It may take a little longer, but it's extremely thorough (includes vitals, cancer screening, and patient education).
The fillings seem a bit high. Do they do fillings too? Are there any dentists that work on a sliding scale?
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Sounds about right to me. The two jobs I recommend to young people today is Dentist and Veterinarians! When was the last time you heard either one of them being layed off? As long as our insurance companies pay most if not all of the bills the prices will keep going up. If we all paid the bills out of our pockets I think you would see much lower prices.

Use to recommend to young students to be Engineers ( mechanical/electrical/software), Doctors, not anymore those fields are either to hard to find a job in or your malpractice insurance rates are to high to make any real money in.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:08 AM
 
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On the high side.

My dentist is a lot lower.

By the way, it's not always necessary to spend big bucks on root canals and crowns. If the tooth's not that noticeable, just save your money and pull it.

Depending on your age, many problems with shifting occur far less often than some dentists lead patients to believe. You can lose a few teeth with no big consequences.

My dentist is a realist, not a money grubber.
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