Post # 1
I have to have some work done on my teeth including two fixes to fillings, two new fillings and some work on a tooth that has a filling already but it showing some decay plus getting a general cleaning. The dentist told me I’m looking at two appointments, one that’s 2 hours long and the other an hour and 15 min. long to take care of these issues. The longer appointment is going to set me back $500 and the shorter $300. I don’t really have any more specifics about what the work is other than that.
I don’t have dental insurance because I’m self-employed and it just doesn’t make financial sense to have it given the high premiums and low maximum. So this is all out of pocket. Anyone have a sense of whether this cost is reasonable?
Post # 3
I had a filling replaced last year, and according to insurance, it cost $70 for that one just to be replaced. You have to pay for the dentist’s time, on top of all the work. I think a general cleaning can easily set you back $100-200 if you don’t have insurance. It seems on the higher end of reasonable to me, but not completely out of the ballpark.
Post # 4
It sucks being self-employed, I have a tooth problem now, and I am going to have it pulled out, whenever the tooth gets worse, yes I am waiting until the last minute because I have no money, It could be a long time, (my other tooth problem lasted a year!), my tooth has a hole in it and food gets caught in it, and I brush it after every meal so it doesn’t get infected, the dentist estimated over $1000 for a root canal in my back molar, and I say NO WAY!
Post # 5
Well this is making me question my dentist, since I just got quoted $600 for two fillings. (They said they would need 40 minutes to do both.)
Post # 6
Ok, you guys are making me feel like I’m not getting ripped off, but I’m still having a mild heartattack at the cost! Between my tax liability and this, April/May is going to be a rough couple of months.
Post # 7
I’d see about other places in your area, and maybe ‘back home’ depending on where that is. Up here, fillings and a cleaning would have set me back nearly $900…back in my mom’s state, it was less than $300. I’d say check around, make some calls, and see what you can work out. Also, some/most places will give you a discount of 8-10% if you pay in cash in full.