Dental expenses

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Registered: 05-21-2003
Dental expenses
Tue, 03-23-2010 - 11:36am

Not really a flop, I guess, because not taking care of things could lead to worse, more expensive things! But still not easy to swallow the oop amounts!

I have a molar that has a small fracture. They want to do a crown. Cha ching! My portion, after insurance, is about $850! I was told they could do a 3 surface filling as a temporary measure, but who knows how long that would last. The filling route is only $70. But how long will it last? Could be a few years or not. Not doing anything is not an option. If the tooth would actually break, they'd want me to do a bridge. (I say just yank it out at that point!)

13ds has 4 baby teeth that are loose. They need to come out. Soon. So the ortho can finish putting on the braces. Of course, ds is about 2 months shy of the estimated date of getting the braces off. So his slow-growing teeth will extend his ortho treatment time. Luckily, one price no matter how long on the ortho. The bad news is that our portion, after insurance, for getting those 4 teeth out is $96/tooth!! Ds has about 2 weeks to start wiggling, twisting, etc. to try to get them out on his own!!

18ds has a cavity that will have to be filled once he's home for the summer. Not sure on the cost, probably at least $100.

Add all that to the $294 I've already paid this month for just the regular check-ups for 4 of us.


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Registered: 02-11-2009
Tue, 03-23-2010 - 3:49pm

Those dental bills are a killer! We haven't had dental insurance for a long time and even the preventative stuff is super high. My DH started a new job and we will be eligible for dental in early May. Thinking about re-scheduling DS's cleaning appts. until May. We will get free preventative care.


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Registered: 07-09-2005
Tue, 03-23-2010 - 9:50pm

I kind of don't understand the point of dental insurance!



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-23-2010 - 10:48pm
I feel your pain.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 7:59am

I hear you.

The dentist office called me today with a cancellation that was available. I need to get my teeth cleaned. I reluctantly agreed because I'm having some sensitivity to hot and cold which probably means I have a broken tooth or something that's $$$$. And like you, it's better to get it taken care of before I need a root canal or something horrible.

I realized I haven't received a bill for dh's deep cleaning that happened a few weeks ago for $400.

Dd has braces that we pay $200 a month for and she sees a periodontist for when she broke her aveolus ridge bone a year and a half ago. So we see him on the April 6th after putting it off for awhile.

Dental expenses gang up on me at the first of the year. UGH.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 9:36am

I hate dental expenses!

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Fri, 03-26-2010 - 1:54pm