I feel like I’ve been duped. I had a cavity that I knew needed attention. I didn’t have the money at the time, but about a month later it started bugging me. I called around to try to find the most affordable dentist available. This one dentist quoted me a great price for an x-ray and filling. When I got there, he told me that I couldn’t get a filling and would need a root canal treatment and dental crown. That was a LOT more money than I was originally quoted. Was a bait and switched?
It’s not necessarily a matter of this dentist trying to draw you in and then switching the price on you. It’s been a month and these things can take off quickly. It’s very likely your cavity dove down deep and reached the pulp of your teeth. This would now be a tooth infection and would require a root canal treatment and dental crown.
Finding an Affordable Dentist
You should know up front there is a big difference between an affordable dentist and a cheap dentist. Let’s say dentist A has a crown which costs $400 and dentist B has a crown which costs $200. But, dentist A is much more skilled. His crowns last for ten years, but dentist B’s crowns only last for three years. In the long run, you save money with the dentist whose crown costs more.
You want a skilled dentist who works to keep his prices affordable as well as offering payment plans to patients. This way you can get quality work even on a tight budget. Some affordable dentists offer in-office payment plans. Others work through Care Credit. Either way you get the care you need.
Sometimes, when dentists are significantly lower than other dentists it is a warning sign. He could be cutting corners in order to keep his profits up. This is no benefit to the patients. Other’s keep the prices so much lower because they’re not that skilled and have trouble retaining patients. The low prices lure in new patients.
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