There is no question that trusting your dentist puts you in a very vulnerable state and we want to help you avoid dental scams. The issues you acquire in your mouth, in addition to the treatment used to fix those problems, are areas of expertise you know nothing about as the patient. That is a big part of our job, making sure we educate you on your dental needs and build a trust in us that you can rely on. You need to remember that even though a practice may have all the required degrees and qualifications, it does not mean they are trustworthy. We have seen time and time again unethical dental actions that have been taken elsewhere. There is a solid percentage of new patients that come to Szmanda Dental because they were taken advantage of and need a 2nd opinion. Let us clarify — we are not writing this blog to bad mouth these other dental offices, but instead help patients learn of how to be aware of these scams and hopefully save them time, money and discomfort.
So we get asked this all the time and I’m sure at one time or the other YOU have wondered yourself – “Why does dental work cost so much?”. Sadly, this is not a simple question we can answer quickly, but we think if you hear us out you will better understand why the price tags aren’t “cheap” and even ways you can help reduce your cost.
First off, let’s break down the word ‘DENTIST’. You are paying for a service from an expert in the field: a Doctor, an Engineer and an Artist in their craft. Someone who went to extensive schooling to know all about your mouth. According to the American Dental Education Association, the average dental student graduates with upwards of $241,000 of student loan debt! And in many cases, such as this, when choosing your dentist you get what you pay for.
It costs A LOT to run a dental practice. A large portion, if not most, of what a patient pays goes toward the expense of running a modern dental practice. Dentists pay for rent or mortgage payments on their office space (we have multiple locations) payroll for staff, health insurance, taxes, supplies, equipment, business insurance, marketing, not to mention trying to grow the practice.
Everything is hand-made. If you think about the work you get done to your mouth – crowns, fillings, dentures, braces, implants etc. They are all hand-made and custom to each patient. This kind of attention to detail and unique work requires more time. And time is money. Continue Reading…
So, what do you feel is the most popular reason people don’t go see the dentist? Fear, right? Nope. According to a national survey done by Cigna, it’s COST as the #1 reason why we don’t go to the dentist, with fear trailing right behind.
Everything these days can be expensive, with healthcare right up near the top. The fact is that the more you procrastinate about seeing the dentist, the more it will end up costing you in the end when something like a toothache will force you to go in. If you keep things in check with at least yearly visits to the dentist, (although it’s best to come in every 6 months for a cleaning and check to make sure your chompers are in pristine shape), the better it will be for you in the long run. Continue Reading…
It can be a really hard decision when it comes down to it but here are a few tips when choosing a dentist:
1. ADA Member
A dentist that is a member of the ADA has access to all the latest technology that is backed by scientific research. As a member of the ADA, dentists take an oath to abide by the ADA Bylaws and Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. Also, dentists who are members have a voice in legislative decisions about oral health care.
If you have dental insurance, you can find a list provided through your insurance as to what dentists are members of your plan. Obviously you want to take advantage of any dental insurance that you have, so if you aren’t sure if an office you want to go to accepts your insurance or not, just call that dental office. They can give you a quick answer. You can see a list of our accepted insurance policies here.
A great place to check reviews when looking for a dental office is Angie’s List. It costs money to be a member and it also costs money to check reviews, but you can then feel safe that you are getting legitimate information. Angie’s List allows people to give businesses a letter grade in 8 categories. Other reviews to look for are Google + reviews or even check if the dental office itself uses a program like Demandforce in which patients can leave their feedback about their dental experience at that particular office.
Ok, so we all know that sometimes insurance can be complicated to understand. It doesn’t have to be that way once you know what you are looking at. Let’s go over the basics with some dental insurance 101 to help you get a better grasp of it.
There are a bazillion ways that dental plans are written up, so we are just going to look at a typical generic plan and focus on that (please read your plan carefully to check on all the specifics). Continue Reading…