Getting Reduced Dental Fees And Costs


What's The Best Way To Get Reduced Dental Fees?

If you've had many unwanted trips to the dentist, and yet you brush and floss regularly and eat well, it's possible genetics has dealt you a poor hand and there may be very little you can do to reduce your dental fees. Yet for most of us getting into a regular system of personal dental care is worth at least one more try. Why? It's easy to save $20,000 or more over a lifetime in reduced dental fees by simply employing good dental hygiene and dental examinations. (Continued After Table...)


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CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FEES METRO AREA STATE
DIAGNOSTIC D0120 Periodic oral evaluation $33 National Sample NA
DIAGNOSTIC D0150 Comprehensive oral evaluation $53 National Sample NA
DIAGNOSTIC D0274 X-Ray: Bitewings-4 films $49 National Sample NA
PREVENTIVE D1110 Prophylaxis-adult $58 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2140 Amalgam filling-1 surface, primary or permanent $88 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2330 Resin-based filling composite 1 surface, anterior $108 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2750 Crown-porcelain fused to high noble metal $760 National Sample NA
ENDODONTICS D3330 Molar (excluding final restoration) $780 National Sample NA
PERIODONTICS D4341 Periodontal scaling and root planing, 4 or more teeth, per quad. $181 National Sample NA
PROSTHODONTICS D5110 Complete denture-maxillary $850 National Sample NA


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We realize with just about half of America’s citizens not having any type of dental insurance or other way to reduce their dental fees, it's hard to pay to go see a dentist regularly. (In this case, a dental discount plan may be the best choice to keep dental costs affordable by obtaining reduced dental fees through a membership. See the data below which allows you to view the actual reduced dental fees fees provided to others under these programs who are in similar situations such as number of family members, zip code, etc.)
Beyond the preaching of dentists and hygenists (who by the way make money only when you don't take care of your teeth), there's real value in this type of prevention.There are many studies which either directly or indirectly support that reduced dental fees and general health treatment and costs result from more prevention of disease. Of course, an argument can be made that absolutely no dental prevention could reduce total dental fees if having teeth removed regularly was an option. But the social, psychological and general health problems associated with this approach do not make it attractive. Convincing people who are not accustomed to brushing, flossing and having regular cleanings and examinations is hard, particularly in the early years when there are no apparent problems. But the cost payback of prevention far outweighs its benefits. Consider this progression:

Avg. yearly cost of self tooth care (floss, toothpaste, toothbrush)...... $30
Avg. cost of dental examination and cleanings........................... $300
Avg. cost of a tooth filling............................................. $150
Avg. cost of tooth extraction (pulling at tooth)......................... $2,000
Avg. cost of dentures.....................................................$2,500

It's clear that reducing dental fees by using self tooth care and dental examinations plus dental prophylaxis or cleanings is far less expensive than having multiple teeth filled, pulled or having dentures installed. After all, you have 32 teeth and each one could bear the above dental fees (even with the best dental insurance or dental discount program).

If you do find yourself needing care, you may wish to consider alternatives to dental insurance such as dental discount programs. The table below shows some typical discounts from average national fees. Click on the table to review discounted fees for your area.