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Old 11-04-2010, 01:31 AM
 
Location: SA
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Default Anyone know of a cheap or free dentist.

I have a 16 year old son who just started complaining about a toothache last Thursday. I got him an appointment with our Family dentist today (Wednesday) and found out that his tooth had an absess and was infected and needed to be pulled with some other work. The oral surgeon quoted me $1100.00 to do the work. I was going to have to make that work until my son decided that he wanted to wait until next week to have it done so he could play the last football game of this year. I did not like the fact that he was willing to live with the pain for another week but let him make that choice. The only good thing is it bought me time to try and find a more cost effective place. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:38 AM
 
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There is the UTHSCSA Dental School that seems promising though I have never tried them so cannot accurately give an assessment of their services. I am sure the quality is there, the wait on the other hand might be unacceptable.

My heart goes out to your son.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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No suggestions, but do ask the dentist to prescribe an antibiotic if that hasn't been done yet. About 2 months ago I had an infection in a tooth where a root canal had been done many years previously, but not all of the roots were removed and they were growing back or some such thing. Anyway, the pain was to a point that I couldn't concentrate at times. Between the antibiotics (I would say they kicked in within a day to day and a half) and a bit more ibuprofen than is suggested, the pain was manageable until I could get into the endodontist. Good luck and I hope he feels better soon.
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Old 11-05-2010, 01:04 AM
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$1100??? That includes implant?? I would rather go to Mexico than pay so much money.
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Old 11-05-2010, 01:38 AM
 
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I called UTHSCSA Dental School and will be taking my son there on Monday and will let y'all know how it goes. I was also shocked by the amount the original dentist quoted but I was not there and my wife could not tell me everything the dentist was going to have to do.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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I would rather go to Mexico than pay so much money.
I would not recommend for any American citizen to go to Mexico, not now. But yes, that is soooo expensive >_<
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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$1100??? That includes implant?? I would rather go to Mexico than pay so much money.
Funerals usually run more than $1100. Plus the inconvenience of your family having to travel there to identify your body, pay to have it sent back, etc. Not a fiscally sound idea.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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My dad just signed up for a prepaid funeral plan and it cost $1,500 with Funeral Caring USA.
Regardless, when going to Mexico, it is better to know someone you trust that can point you in the right direction. My dad is from Mexico (now a US Citizen) and goes all the time for dental work. He comes back alive but he has relatives and what not that can give him advice on where to go for the best work and prices. There's always the gringo charge and the regular charge.
The city data forum has a section for Mexico and they've got some advice on there about dentists.
There is always Care Credit that is a charge account for medical work that you need done, sometimes there is a no interest offer going on which is what I did with my braces. I've seen dentists start to move away from the payment plan option in office because it is much easier to offer the charge accounts instead.
As usual, if you gut says this is too expensive, then a second opinion would be a good idea.
Good luck!
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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$1100 bux for an extraction?
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:18 PM
 
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A wisdom teeth will cost more. Is it a wisdom? The OP did mention 'some other work' also needed to be done.
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