About 15 minutes work for $312.50… and no happy ending.
Itemized bill (after asking me yet again, “Are you sure you don’t have a dental plan?”):
- Specific examination & diagnosis …………….. $32.50
- Single image – Intraoral Periapical …………… $16.00
- Three Surface-Acid Etched Molar …………… $264.00
That second item was simply a totally unnecessary x-ray to look at my very visible broken tooth. So, basically, 16 bucks for nothing.
And, *snort* – “diagnosis” — he wanted to give me a crown for the low, low price of only $950. We’d laughed earlier about the fact I share the same last name with the inventor of a particular dental instrument. But, as I told them, I’m not the dental heiress they thought I was, so I opted to have the stupid tooth patched by just refilling it. He told me, as I have a hairline crack in that tooth, the patch might last a day or 10 years. I said, “I feel lucky.”
So, I guess I’ll start trying to save for the inevitable down the road. However, that’s one dentist who won’t be seeing my smile again, with or without a dental plan.
UPDATE: On second thought, maybe it’s possible I’m the long, lost 5th cousin twice removed to some dental fortune. Perhaps I should ramp up the ol’ genealogy search to cash in – lol.