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Old 12-20-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: california
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I have been given a price of $4500 to have my wisdom tooth pulled because it is so close to the...nerve? maybe. A Specialist is recommended to do such a procedure.

The reason is, it could be done for free but they are inexperienced in advanced root canals and are afraid to mess me up. It contains a cavity which has been there a while and hurts when I floss or brush. The person doing it in examining the x rays says she and others there do not have experience with advanced root canals and are afraid it will affect me negatively. But didn't really specify.

Would you get it done for free from one of those dentists (yes experienced dentists but not in this area because they are mainly medicaid dentists who just pull teeth). I do not have Medicaid but an idemnity health plan that will give the indian health service $250 towards the service. Only $250 because basically it only covers general dental procedures (cleanings, x rays, typical fillings, and no root canals, the $250 is just an amount we can apply to any large health procedure every couple of years)

Being Native American, the rest of the cost would be covered by the IHS due to my ethnicity.

If the nerve was damaged, what could I experience long term if the dentist messed up?

Even if she did it right, she said there could be issues she said.

Thanks for any thoughts...
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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$4500 sounds like an incredibly high price regardless of geographic location. My cash fee is around $2500 for all 4 wisdom teeth including IV sedation. I'm also not sure what you mean by "root canals" ....are you getting a root canal or getting an extraction? These are 2 completely different treatments. I suspect something has been lost in translation since you have some confusion over root canals vs removal of the tooth.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: california
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$4500 sounds like an incredibly high price regardless of geographic location. My cash fee is around $2500 for all 4 wisdom teeth including IV sedation. I'm also not sure what you mean by "root canals" ....are you getting a root canal or getting an extraction? These are 2 completely different treatments. I suspect something has been lost in translation since you have some confusion over root canals vs removal of the tooth.
Thank you. The referral says "Please evaluate #16 and treat as needed"

Then they gave me a list of general dentists and oral surgeons. Which is probably just the generic list they give out to patients. #16 has a cavity on it and needs removed. There probably never was a root canal, sorry. I guess it is just a more advanced extraction.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:16 PM
 
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I think there is an extra "zero" on your quote. I could understand $450. Something just doesn't add up. On the other hand, sometimes the dentist will quote an extraordinarily high fee to a patient they don't want to treat so they will go somewhere else. I've done that a couple of times but I doubt that is the case here.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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I had a wisdom tooth with a cavity pulled last year. My insurance company was not billed $4K and I was put to sleep for the extraction. But I understand every case is different.

Can you get a 2nd opinion?

ETA: My co-insurance was over $300, but that's only b/c I needed sedation.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: california
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Thank you both.

Yes I will get another quote. And call back the office that gave me this one just to verify the amount is accurate

I do bleed out alot so that might be playing into it too.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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You may also want to look into have the nearest dental school do it. There is usually a wait for appointments, but the work would be supervised by experienced dentists and the cost would be very affordable.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:57 PM
 
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$4500 sounds like an incredibly high price regardless of geographic location. My cash fee is around $2500 for all 4 wisdom teeth including IV sedation. I'm also not sure what you mean by "root canals" ....are you getting a root canal or getting an extraction? These are 2 completely different treatments. I suspect something has been lost in translation since you have some confusion over root canals vs removal of the tooth.
I need you.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Hey I got a pair o' pliers and a bottle of whiskey, I'll do it for $25.00 and afterwards we can have a drink together. That's how they did it in the ol' west days.

When I had my wisdom tooth pulled the cost was around $800.00 with sedation paid by the insurance co.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:07 PM
 
Location: california
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Hey I got a pair o' pliers and a bottle of whiskey, I'll do it for $25.00 and afterwards we can have a drink together. That's how they did it in the ol' west days.

When I had my wisdom tooth pulled the cost was around $800.00 with sedation paid by the insurance co.
Ok book me for next week. Can't beat this deal!
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