Why Does Dental Work Cost So Much?

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,3009783b57ce53d7a264d7aa783cc459 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…

Why Don’t We Go to the Dentist?

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.

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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…