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is dentist playing me?

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Posted by: corygreen  (3 years ago)
Do I have options? I'm a young college kid, I don't have $6,000 laying around but it is getting harder for me to chew. I would be very grateful if someone can give me advice on the below issue. I need to know if I have options, if this quote is high or average for this procedure, Is there a place locally that can help me find an honest dentistry? I feel like each one I go to is trying to play me for my money.

issue: I attached my xrays. The dentist told me I have two teeth that need to be extracted and replaced with implants. He wants to do a bone graft on both. The quote he gave me for this procedure was just under $6,000, which was including the ppo dental plan that I have through my employer. I'm sketched because it seemed more like a sales pitch than a treatment plan. The dentistry is pushy and is pressuring me to get this done.
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Do I have options? I'm a young college kid, I don't have $6,000 laying around but it is getting harder for me to chew. I would be very grateful if someone can give me advice on the below issue. I need to know if I have options, if this quote is high or average for this procedure, Is there a place locally that can help me find an honest dentistry? I feel like each one I go to is trying to play me for my money.

issue: I attached my xrays. The dentist told me I have two teeth that need to be extracted and replaced with implants. He wants to do a bone graft on both. The quote he gave me for this procedure was just under $6,000, which was including the ppo dental plan that I have through my employer. I'm sketched because it seemed more like a sales pitch than a treatment plan. The dentistry is pushy and is pressuring me to get this done.


I did not see any attached x-rays.

The sad thing is you have neglected your teeth so badly that two cannot be saved. Yes, the ideal thing would be to do socket replacement grafts and implants. You could merely extract the teeth for a lot less money, but you would probably lose so much bone that implants would not be possible later.

In the end, you have to do what you have to do. Doing implants is not easy so it is not cheap. I charge about $4400 EACH for socket grafts, implants, abuttment heads, and implant crowns- and that doesn't even include CAT sca, 3D placement simulation, or surgical guide.

Is have teeth in those spaces more important to you than a big chunk of change? You will have to decide.

Without x-rays, I am ASSUMING the teeth cannot be saved with root canals. Please tell your children, when you have them, to take care of their teeth and not watch cavities grow bigger and bigger until it is too late to save the teeth.
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