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Old 12-29-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Hello,

I don't have dental insurance & really need alot of work done to my mouth. I was wondering if there are any dental schools in the area that take people as patients for free or for a low rate fee seeing as the work gets done by students. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Maybe call USF and ask for the dental department and inquire over there...
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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Dental schools don't do free work, and also don't deal with major work like crowns, bridges, root canals, or implants. Hubby checked all of them. If you have a lot of work you are screwed anywhere in the US. Go to Mexico or Canada. Dentists here are businesses & will Not help. They push people into major debts (those who can afford loans), and the rest are screwed. We're looking into finding ways to get work done overseas now. Also, stay the heck away from root canals; they are cash cows for dentists; they force you into them so you become slave to crows and bridges which ran $1000+ each! Check your medical billing codes too because dentists here play with those too to overcharge.
Last, if you qualify for CareCredit be warned that it is the dentist who decides how long you have to pay it back interest free & CareCredit interest ranges from 14 to 29%; it ranges from 3, 6 months to a year BUT you have to ask, if they say 6 months run away fast.

Dentistry here is a joke!
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Dental schools don't do free work, and also don't deal with major work like crowns, bridges, root canals, or implants. Hubby checked all of them. If you have a lot of work you are screwed anywhere in the US. Go to Mexico or Canada. Dentists here are businesses & will Not help. They push people into major debts (those who can afford loans), and the rest are screwed. We're looking into finding ways to get work done overseas now. Also, stay the heck away from root canals; they are cash cows for dentists; they force you into them so you become slave to crows and bridges which ran $1000+ each! Check your medical billing codes too because dentists here play with those too to overcharge.
Last, if you qualify for CareCredit be warned that it is the dentist who decides how long you have to pay it back interest free & CareCredit interest ranges from 14 to 29%; it ranges from 3, 6 months to a year BUT you have to ask, if they say 6 months run away fast.

Dentistry here is a joke!

Actually, dentistry here is a medical profession. All told it takes 10 years to become a dentist. To become a “specialist” in a particular area of dentistry, dentists must complete 2-4 years of education beyond obtaining their medical degree, and they might be required to complete an additional 2-year residency program in their specialty. The cost of attending a private school to become a dentist can be anywhere between $300,000-$350,000. You will need an additional $400-500k to buy the equipment and insurance needed to open your own practice. A dentist typically employs a staff that includes dental hygienists and dental assistants who help provide the basic care such as teeth cleanings, x-rays, and flouride treatments. The average pay for salaried dentists is $142,870. Dentists who are in private practice typically earn more than salaried dentists.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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Actually, dentistry here is a medical profession.
Ran as a business! They have no right to extort though! Unless that's what they were taught in these private schools! I have zero respect for them & their sneaky practices. We have estimates that were done for the same issue and were conflicting greatly from some 30 offices + schools.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Of course it is run as a business. It is not a charity. Exort? You dont have to pay them nobody so nobody is extorting you. You can suffer with your tooth ache.

Seems dentists are just like those gardens you went to. Out to get you and your money without providing a service.


If you have estimates that differ, go with the lowest estimate. That is capitalism. You can buy a gallon of milk at Publix for $4.12 or get it at Walgreens for $3.69. It is up to the consumer to pick the best price for the product or service being offered.






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Ran as a business! They have no right to extort though! Unless that's what they were taught in these private schools! I have zero respect for them & their sneaky practices. We have estimates that were done for the same issue and were conflicting greatly from some 30 offices + schools.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:36 PM
 
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Of course it is run as a business. It is not a charity. Exort? You dont have to pay them nobody so nobody is extorting you. You can suffer with your tooth ache.

Seems dentists are just like those gardens you went to. Out to get you and your money without providing a service.


If you have estimates that differ, go with the lowest estimate. That is capitalism. You can buy a gallon of milk at Publix for $4.12 or get it at Walgreens for $3.69. It is up to the consumer to pick the best price for the product or service being offered.
If the billing codes were the same, then sure, lowest price wins; sadly, that's not the case and you speak without having experience again!

This is not "capitalism", this is extortion "because" they assume people can't stand tooth pain.
There is nothing you could say here to justify their extorting people.
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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No experience. HA HA HA.

So you get different diagnosis which leads to different billing codes? Do you get 30 different diagnosis?

Some must be the same.

People can't live with dental pain, unless they are very accepting of pain.

Capitalism means free market. Providers of a product or service are allowed to charge what ever they want for a product or service unless there is a regulation on the price imposed by the government. Dentistry is surely not one of those. When I go to a dentist, they tell me they find wrong and how I wish to proceed to correct the problem.
No one is forcing me to proceed in anyway shape or form and I am free to get a second or third opinion as to
the problem found. Where is there any extortion going on?

Are you saying its extortion because of the high price of dental care? There is a reason for the high price. I outlined that above. You can't expect a professional to charge rock bottom prices for something as intricate as dental care. Though of course, some dentists are lower priced than others. That is why I always avoid an office that has one dentist and a ton of staff people milling around. I go to a dentist that has a dental assistant and that is about all. That keeps the costs down.

Seems you are one of those who expect to have services provided for very low cost or free even though you do not carry dental insurance. Those who carry insurance usually pay only a small portion of the cost of services rendered.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Your opinion cannot change mine because we both have VERY different experiences here.

You can defend them all you want! Nowhere else in the world do dentists receive such high pay.


Insurance companies only cover $1000 worth of work per year. Dental insurance is NOT worth having. A crown (1) costs $1500.

Diagnoses was the same, billing codes used to bill it were different.


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No experience. HA HA HA.

So you get different diagnosis which leads to different billing codes? Do you get 30 different diagnosis?

Some must be the same.

People can't live with dental pain, unless they are very accepting of pain.

Capitalism means free market. Providers of a product or service are allowed to charge what ever they want for a product or service unless there is a regulation on the price imposed by the government. Dentistry is surely not one of those. When I go to a dentist, they tell me they find wrong and how I wish to proceed to correct the problem.
No one is forcing me to proceed in anyway shape or form and I am free to get a second or third opinion as to
the problem found. Where is there any extortion going on?

Are you saying its extortion because of the high price of dental care? There is a reason for the high price. I outlined that above. You can't expect a professional to charge rock bottom prices for something as intricate as dental care. Though of course, some dentists are lower priced than others. That is why I always avoid an office that has one dentist and a ton of staff people milling around. I go to a dentist that has a dental assistant and that is about all. That keeps the costs down.

Seems you are one of those who expect to have services provided for very low cost or free even though you do not carry dental insurance. Those who carry insurance usually pay only a small portion of the cost of services rendered.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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OK. Enjoy your future dentures.



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Your opinion cannot change mine because we both have VERY different experiences here.

You can defend them all you want! Nowhere else in the world do dentists receive such high pay.


Insurance companies only cover $1000 worth of work per year. Dental insurance is NOT worth having. A crown (1) costs $1500.

Diagnoses was the same, billing codes used to bill it were different.


You have zero argument here. (Unsubscribed).
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