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Modern Dentistry
10-19-2010, 08:24 AM
Post: #1
Modern Dentistry
1. Get a toothache.
2. Go to dentist.
3. Get filling.
4. Filling doesn't last or doesn't solve the problem.
5. Back to dentist where they suggest root canal to REALLY solve the problem.
6. While there and captive in chair, you get to see a movie on their "new" teeth whitening system. You are also visited by the "finance" person who will discuss with you and help you finance the "root canal" and impending custom crown that you will need. It is also recommended that you get all your previous fillings redone with a better and more cosmetically appealing technique.
7. Sometime after the root canal is done, the tooth splits. You go back in and get a new estimate for structural repair and at this time, if you haven't gotten the very expensive crown, you are admonished to do so immediately.
8. The tooth is repaired and the crown is custom made to fit and installed.
9. The crown falls out while you are flossing.
10. You go back in for more damage control estimates.
11. You are revisited by the "finance" lady.
12. You ask the dentist about just extracting the tooth.
13. You find out they don't do that anymore at this dental office.
14. You are referred to another "professional" who specializes in extractions.
15. You call the extractor.
16. You are told they will need cash up front for this procedure since you do not have a history with them.

Total cost for all of the above (1 tooth) which ended up getting extracted- $8,473.55

Total cost in 1985 for a tooth extraction - $65
Today you are told, that isn't done anymore, the goal is to "save" the tooth.

Yup.
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10-19-2010, 08:28 AM
Post: #2
RE: Modern Dentistry
Ha - you got that exactly right!
I've gone through that cycle a few times.
Today, getting a tooth pulled will run you anywhere from $125 to $650 depending on how high you raise your eyebrows.


(10-19-2010 08:24 AM)roejoe Wrote:  1. Get a toothache.
2. Go to dentist.
3. Get filling.
4. Filling doesn't last or doesn't solve the problem.
5. Back to dentist where they suggest root canal to REALLY solve the problem.
6. While there and captive in chair, you get to see a movie on their "new" teeth whitening system. You are also visited by the "finance" person who will discuss with you and help you finance the "root canal" and impending custom crown that you will need. It is also recommended that you get all your previous fillings redone with a better and more cosmetically appealing technique.
7. Sometime after the root canal is done, the tooth splits. You go back in and get a new estimate for structural repair and at this time, if you haven't gotten the very expensive crown, you are admonished to do so immediately.
8. The tooth is repaired and the crown is custom made to fit and installed.
9. The crown falls out while you are flossing.
10. You go back in for more damage control estimates.
11. You are revisited by the "finance" lady.
12. You ask the dentist about just extracting the tooth.
13. You find out they don't do that anymore at this dental office.
14. You are referred to another "professional" who specializes in extractions.
15. You call the extractor.
16. You are told they will need cash up front for this procedure since you do not have a history with them.

Total cost for all of the above (1 tooth) which ended up getting extracted- $8,473.55

Total cost in 1985 for a tooth extraction - $65
Today you are told, that isn't done anymore, the goal is to "save" the tooth.

Yup.
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10-19-2010, 10:42 AM
Post: #3
RE: Modern Dentistry
Absolutely right on! How do these bastards fly under the radar like that?
These modern dental "techniques" are just thinly veiled scams to wring every last cent out of every patient. Back in the day, a dentist was a stand up person you trusted to do the right thing...now, dental operations are run just like any other money churning medical office, with the emphasis on high billing instead of ethical dentistry. Referrals are now commonplace where they referrers are getting vigged by the referring dentist.
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