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Respected Contributor
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Registered: ‎12-14-2018

Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

I agree with the majority ~ dental costs are excessive.

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

@SaveTheTurtles Agree. 

 

Dentist and Dental Schools and Dental Associations have done a masterful job at controlling dental care. This includes the number of dental schools and thus dentists. State boards control the licensing. 

 

There are very few corportate Dental Offices. Unlike Optometrists who are almost all corportate. Dentist want no part of government insurance such as Medicare but make a fortune off State Medicaid. My dentists friends tell it all. 

 

 

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

My DENTIST saved my life.    I had a major infection in my jaw.   During a three-year period, it had traveled into my sinus cavities, and then into my left ear, which left me deaf. 

 

During this three-year time, I had been to my MD, an oral surgeon, and two ENDOs.    None of them "found anything".

 

By this time, my face and neck were swollen beyond recognition and I was in excruciating pain.   

 

Went back to my original dentist.    He "took a chance" and traced the route of transmission of the infection to a front tooth (that did not show any damage), and did a root canal HIMSELF.   Within a week of antibiotics,  I was back to normal.

 

Yeah, a regular dentist with none of those "extra letters" after his name.      

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE


@Pink123 wrote:

I sort of knew this but did you know that "dental doctor's"  do so much better financially wise than your good old Primay Care Doc that is retiring or becoming nonexistent?

 

Yes they do.  Very sad.


 

@Pink123 

 

I think that's fair ... the work they do borders on surgery -- in your mouth --- and the work can be very intricate.  People are often exhibit fear, even when the dentist is very careful.

 

The last time I went to my very good PCP, she checked my throat, listened to my heart and lungs, reviewed meds and sent me for a bone density test.  End of visit. 

 

IMO, no contest.  

 

 

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE


@Pink123 wrote:

I sort of knew this but did you know that "dental doctor's"  do so much better financially wise than your good old Primay Care Doc that is retiring or becoming nonexistent?

 

Yes they do.  Very sad.


 

@Pink123 

 

What is so "very sad"?

 

I was under the impression that dentists go to medical school and then go to dental school.  More education than your run of the mill PCP.

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

Interesting! I would have never guessed.
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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

Especially true for the dental specialists. My perio doc charged me 7000 for one dental implant, not including the final crown that my regular dentist did. Not to mention what a root canal specialist charges these days

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

So true. Medical insurance coverage is so much better than Dental insurance coverage, they make out like a bandit.

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Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

I am happy I have dental insurance.  It helps. I go every six months for a cleaning.

 

I am fortunate that I have great teeth and gums.  Usually a cleaning is all I need.

 

I have one crown that cost me $500 over 20 years ago that still stings because of the cost.  After the dentist put the crown on, I had to have it drilled through to get a root canal about two months later.

 

So, now I have a filling on top of the expensive crown.  The tooth was ruined because a dentist left a small hole between my teeth when he replaced a filling that decayed.

I have a great dentist now, but I am scared he will retire soon. My dentist is worth every penny and then some.

 

 

 

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Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: PRIMARY PHISICAN VS. DENTAL CARE

I believe it. I had my old silver fillings removed and replaced with a new material. I almost passed out from the price. And I had braces put on in 2021 and I didn't have Dental Insurance at the time that was $5,600 out of pocket.