Does this sound reasonable for a root canal retreat?

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  1. plawren53202

    plawren53202 Member

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    My wife has teeth from hell--pearly white like a toothpaste commercial and perfectly straight--but apparently made of plaster of Paris so they have cost me a small fortune to this point in my life. Now she has a tooth that had previously had a root canal that either needs a retreat or option B is extract and get an implant. She desperately wants to keep the tooth if possible, and implants are a small fortune themselves from what I understand.

    Just found out today that my #$%^ dental insurance that hardly covers #$%^ anything doesn't pay a dime for a root canal retreat. So my cost will be $1,250 plus $75 office visit fee. Is that a lot or within normal price range? Sounds like a lot, especially when I consider that my daughter just had 3+ years of orthodontic work from a top notch orthodontist for a grant total of about $2,700. The relevant market here is the St. Louis area, so these aren't NYC or California prices.

    Maybe I'm just jaded and $1,250 is reasonable. Our family dentist is my wife's best friend. She specializes in "microdentistry," which as I have experienced it means they use a microscope to detect cavities that aren't really cavities yet or otherwise don't really need to be filled (like tiny ones in baby teeth) and then charge you a fortune to fill them, to pay for the fancy microscope equipment. Every time my wife visits she comes out "needing" about $1000 in work.

    At this point in my life I can't really think of a profession I would rather deal with less than the dental profession....
     
  2. Hefalump

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    GO TO MEXICO. It will pay for itself instantly.




    PS: Sorry to all the Dental Pro's here.
     
  3. dirk_benedict

    dirk_benedict Supporting Member

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    Is there a business with more rampant and egregious upselling than dentistry?

    I just got a root canal and a crown, and all in that was about $2k.

    Hard to see the appeal of keeping a tooth that has had to have 2 root canals, but what do I know.
     
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  4. EricPeterson

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    1250 for a root canal does not seem out of line.
     
  5. Cactus Bob

    Cactus Bob Supporting Member

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    Sounds about right unfortunately.
     
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  6. Blues Power

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    check into these EDP plans. you pay a small premium like around $150 for the year and they guarantee you
    preferred pre set rates at participating doctors. we used this plenty of times. and no deductibles or if and or buts.

    last summer Mrs BP needed some crown work, doctor wanted $800, the plan set up made him take $550

    then she can use it for the rest of the year for cleaning and check ups and anything else that pops up or breaks loose,
     
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  7. plawren53202

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    Add in the dynamic of the dentist being your wife's long time best friend, and my wife is a softie that doesn't like to displease people she loves. Needless to say we have had (she has had) a LOT of dental work over the years. :FM
     
  8. plawren53202

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    Sometimes I really like the idea of "dental work" meaning the old days of going to the barber, taking a couple of shots of whiskey and having the whole thing done with in about 5 minutes.
     
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    Believe it or not, I'm just back from the endodontist, who did a root canal. I wish it had only been $1250. Now to make an appointment with the dentist for the crown, where I'll kiss another grand goodbye.
     
  10. GCDEF

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    I just got a crown. My cost was $719. Without insurance it would have been over $2,000. I don't know what a root canal retreat is. Maybe another crown? If so, that seems in line if you don't have insurance.
     
  11. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    With or without a $500 tip? :confused
     
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  12. Killed_by_Death

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    Fly to Thailand & have it done there for $300.
    Have a good time while you're there!
     
  13. rangerkarlos

    rangerkarlos Member

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    A root canal retreat sounds like a bad vacation decision.
     
  14. EricPeterson

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    Masochists might disagree.
     
  15. 335guy

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    IDK about dental costs in St. Louis, but I'm in CA and I had to have a root canal re-done last yr. Without insurance, my cost would have been over $1,200. Fortunately, my insurance picked up a majority of the cost, so I had to pay $400 to re-do the root canal. But that did not include a new crown. In my case, my existing crown was in good shape. The root canal specialist, an endontist, drilled through the crown and re-did the root canal. Then my regular dentist filled the hole in the crown for $30.
     
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    had a recent trip to the dentist and got the bad news; 2 lower molars need rebuilt, one on each side with one getting pulled for an implant and the quote was about 2 grand each. i'm seriously thinking about taking half the deal and chewing on one side of my mouth from now on
     
  17. tonyhay

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    When it comes to root canal I'm not sure I would go with the cheapest contractor.

    I feel the same way about eye surgery.
     
  18. Brutus

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    Sounds reasonable. I had serial tooth issues for a few years. Had one root canal, another would go bad right after. I n varying amounts of pain the whole time, which is the bottom line. 8000 bucks later and I'm pain free finally. My wallet hurts, but not my teeth.
     

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