Oral irrigation worth it???


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Hi everyone! I'm new here!

A dentist I just started with recommended deep cleaning, which I'm fine with and could probably use. But, when I saw the breakdown of services, the deep cleaning had an extra service of "irrigation". If it's just the scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), my total comes out to about $100 w/insurance. But the irrigation adds another $280 to the total (I don't think my insurance covers this)!

This is the first I've ever heard of irrigation. I'm a bit concerned it's not essential and I'm getting a service that's unnecessary, resulting in an almost quadrupled total cost.

I always thought deep cleaning would get the job done on its own. Does anyone have any opinions on how important irrigation is after deep cleaning? I'd appreciate any thoughts/opinions.

Thank you in advance!
 
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honestdoc

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It should be included in the deep cleaning. The doctor/practice is just trying to increase production numbers. NO IT IS NOT WORTH IT.
 
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It should be included in the deep cleaning. The doctor/practice is just trying to increase production numbers. NO IT IS NOT WORTH IT.
Yeah, I was afraid of that. Okay, thank you! I'm just gonna do deep cleaning and opt out of irrigation. =)
 

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