Dentists cite high overhead, college debt and insurance costs as excuses for charging what they do. Yet, most people do not have insurance, and even when they do, it rarely covers important costs. Dentists argue that people are paying for their services, not the cost of the materials they use, and justify sometimes charging $25,000 to $100,000 for certain dental procedures such as implants and whole ridge replacements. What think you?
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Even if you do, it doesn't cover much of the big stuff. Implants, for example. You're right, though, something really needs to be done about this issue.
I think the problem is w/dental insurance. Waiting periods are excessive. Root canal coverage is ok; but putting the crown on, NOT. Restoration work of bridge isn't usually covered well. INSURANCE is problem.
It is, but you do have to protect your health. There is more to teeth than being able to eat!
I agree with TIME, digestion and absorption of nutrients are things we take for granted. After all, if food 'goes down,' we benefit,right?
No. Not if not digested properly. much digestion takes place in the mouth as we chew. Poor teeth, poor chew.
Eat soft foods if you must, or even baby food. Or puree your food. There are ways to help with this problem.
To a certain extent I agree with you, but I also feel that many dentists are greedy. There is no reason why someone should charge $25,000 for a bridge with implants when someone else is charging $10,000;...which I still think is too much!
Unfortunately there is a reason for charge discrepancy. One practitioner charges $25,000 and another practiioner charges $10, 000 for the same.
However, INSURANCE pays only pays a 'usual and customary charge' (UCR) to vendors/providers.
I don't see your point about insurance because many people have none. Also, it does not take forever for dentists to pay off their tuition and start up costs. The whole thing is lopsided.