Are These Fees Too High?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Patient, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. Patient

    Patient Guest

    I realize every case is a bit different but does this fee sound very high? I
    had intended to get a lot of work done-replace crowns, bridges etc but while
    figuring out with the dentist(new) the best way of going it about it I
    thought I would have him do 1 tooth which needs immediate attention. This
    would have no effect on the other work so I thought he could get started.
    It's an upper central incisor that had a small post and crown that had come
    out. His job would be to clean out any decay, insert another post and place
    a temporary crown which would later be replaced by a permanent one when we
    decided on things like matching shade etc when the others were removed and
    recrowned. Anyway when discussing price he said that the post and core
    buildup would be $500. and a permanent crown $1450. Let's assume they are
    both high gold core. Isn't this a high price?
    Patient, Nov 21, 2006
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  2. Patient wrote:

    For me in rustic Brooklyn this is very high. For Dr. Fancypants on W.
    57th Street this is a pretty normal fee.

    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Nov 22, 2006
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  3. Patient

    Patient Guest

    I don't even think there the fees would be as high. I'm from a very wealthy
    area,Greenwich, and this would be high. BTW, where I am now is a good area
    but it's nothing like before and I'd have to say that his expenses would
    have to be 1/4 of what a 5th Ave dentist's would be so I find it all very
    perculiar. I went to another dentist in the same area who I know is among
    the top implant surgeons and these things like crowns etc (done by another
    dentist in the office) are like $900 apiece. So I guess I won't be using
    this guy. And no his office isn't even close to being a Dr. Fancypants and
    is in fact a bit dowdy and unkept. I only went to him because he's been
    around a long time but perhaps the guy is too old. I think I'll choose a guy
    about 40 because at that age he's experienced but is still young and fit
    enough to concentrate on the work.

    Patient, Nov 22, 2006
  4. Patient wrote:

    I can assure you that $1400 for a crown in Manhattan is not unusual at
    all, and $900 is on the low side for Brooklyn. Of course managed care
    fees are less.

    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Nov 23, 2006
  5. Patient

    Patient Guest

    How much is it in Brooklyn? Brooklyn is lower than Manhattan of course, but
    it is still a high priced area compared to most of the US.

    Of course managed care
    No. I pay cash and should actually get a discount. No paperwork. Dental
    insurance is all a waste of time the way it's set up at the moment with the
    yearly limits, co-insurance, limits on what they pay per procedure etc Then
    you have to find a dentist who accepts your plan and perhaps wait a long
    time for an appointment especially if he's good and in demand. And in the
    end what do you save? Very little and it's not worth the time and
    aggravation. When you pay cash you get an immediate appointment and he'll
    get the work done very fast. If I need $20k worth of treatment for example
    the most I'd save with some sort of plan would be a few thousand and I'd
    have to go through a lot of inconvenience and waste of time.

    Patient, Nov 24, 2006
  6. You have to ask yourself do you just want a painting or a Picasso???
    If you believe your dentist is really good, gentle, caring and stands
    behind his/her work then the price is right and worth it. On the other
    hand if you do not care who does the work and are looking for a bargan,
    i'm sure you can get that done for a little less, however going
    shopping for prices when it comes to irreversible procedures such as
    dentistry is very damaging to the health of your teeth. If you were
    getting plastic surgery done would you get it done by Michael Jackson's
    Plastic surgeon or DR 90210??? Which one is expensive??? maybe both,
    90210 might be better but he is into his tv career what do you want out
    of your surgeon???? Can you find a surgeon better and cheaper than both
    of these surgeons..sure are you going to be the guinie pig to find
    one???? If this dentist came to you highly recommended and your friends
    that referred you to him/her speak highly of this dentist then chances
    are you are in good hands, to save $300-400 on an unknown is a big
    risk, because if you pick the wrong dentist and the work needs to be
    redone you will spend more than double on your teeth. So you think
    about it and ask yourself if the price and the value is right.

    Patient wrote:
    Alexander Vasserman DDS, Nov 26, 2006
  7. Patient

    David Rhodes Guest

    In august I had a porcelain crown ($1089.00) a cast post and core ($442.00)
    and root canal therapy ($995.00) on tooth 30. I live in Washington, DC and
    my dentist is far from Dr. Fancy Pants with a modest office and only one
    girl to answer phones on the east side of Capitol Hill. I thought that was
    way too much, but I also have insurance and this is right in line with what
    is paid in this area.

    I really wanted to have it pulled for I think about $250 or so but I was
    talked out of it.

    David Rhodes

    David Rhodes, Nov 28, 2006
  8. why would you consider to have an amputation of an important tooth if
    you can avoid it????

    David Rhodes wrote:
    Alexander Vasserman DDS, Nov 28, 2006
  9. Patient

    David Rhodes Guest

    Because so much is ground down anyway there is no tooth remaining, just
    enough to cement a crown too.
    David Rhodes, Nov 28, 2006
  10. David Rhodes wrote:
    Ah, but you still have the root! Think of the tooth as like an
    iceberg--most of it below the surface.


    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Nov 28, 2006
  11. Patient

    Newbie Guest

    Isn't Dr. Fancypants in partnership with Dr. Poofyshirt ?
    Newbie, Nov 29, 2006
  12. Newbie wrote:

    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Nov 29, 2006
  13. Patient

    Newbie Guest

    Kramer is Dr. Fancypants ?! Who knew !?!

    Good one Steve, I knew you would get it.
    Newbie, Nov 29, 2006
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