24Jan

Cheap Dentistry Will Cost a Fortune

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When you're in need of dental work, one question may immediately come to mind: How much is this going to cost? It's a natural thing to ask, and the answer may come as a shock to some. Rest assured that if you put it off or try to get it done on the cheap, that decision could come back to haunt you in the end, to say nothing of the future hit to your wallet. If you're thinking about shopping around for a better price on dental work, here are some things to consider.

  1. Dental care is a professional service. Although it is based on science, dentistry is much more than that. It is also an art, and many artists are less than stellar. Their paintings are the ones that sell for $25 or less at the local flea market. You may not object to hanging junk art on your wall, but don't your teeth deserve better?
  2. The quality of the lab the dentist uses can vary from excellent to just-getting-by. Their costs will reflect the quality of their output, and if you care about the caliber of what ends up on your mouth, you must pay a little more. In terms of avoiding dental failure and getting a crown that serves for 15 years instead of five, the extra expense can be worth it.
  3. For anyone running a dental practice, the overhead costs are greater than you think. Between 60 and 80 percent of an ordinary charge goes toward the cost of office space rental, payroll expenses for assistants and office help, supplies, health insurance, taxes and more, not to mention the cost of keeping up with the latest dental technology. A less-expensive dentist may skimp on these important costs with an adverse effect on the health of his patients.
  4. You may have dental coverage, but before long you're sure to learn that it doesn't compare to health insurance. Most plans are maintenance-only. They will cover occasional x-rays and cleanings. They may also partially pay for a crown, but if your needs are greater than that, their assistance on your behalf will check out after you've reached the first $1,000 to $1,500 of your maximum coverage allotment.
  5. The fact that your insurance won't cover 100 percent of a certain procedure doesn't mean that it's unnecessary or that you don't require it. It simply means that your insurer is hoping you decide to skip it entirely.
  6. Every bite you take while chewing subjects your teeth to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Can inadequate dental restorations stand up to this kind of assault? Wouldn’t you be willing a pay a little more for ones that you know can meet the challenge?
  7. When you visit the least-costly dentist around or put off having dental work done because you'd rather save the money, you're just setting yourself up for a larger expense down the road. Cavities and abscessed teeth cannot get better on their own, and it will always cost less to fix a dental problem early on before it becomes far worse. While a simple filling might cost a few hundred dollars, the cost of a larger one could run into the thousands.

In dentistry as in everything else, you're going to get what you pay for. Everyone's mouth is different, and as such, every bit of dental work we perform is unique from one patient to the next. When it comes to the teeth in your mouth, mass-produced methods will never apply. These are custom procedures, and the cramped and unforgiving environments in which we perform them calls for precision and the ultimate in dental expertise.

What Makes a Good Dentist?

A good dentist is more than just someone who might relieve you of dental pain. The one to whom you choose to entrust your teeth will:

  • Maintain an ongoing interest in the latest scientific findings.
  • Treat his procedures as a serious art.
  • Be manually dexterous.
  • Never lose the desire to learn.
  • Not upsell you on a treatment plan with which you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be compassionate and honest.
  • Understand your concerns and provide you with care options that work to your advantage.

When you pay your dental bill, you are paying for expertise in every one of the above modalities. Since the state of your overall health interconnects so closely with the health of your dentition, this is no place to skimp.

At the dental offices of Dr. James White, your oral health is our overriding concern. You can trust Dr. White to provide the customized solutions that meet your needs. Best of all, Dr. White will never subject you to greater expenses down the road by providing substandard care today. Don't take chances with your dental health. Call 702-562-8833 now for a consultation.