I’ve been shopping around for affordable dental care. Each place that’s advertised as affordable seem to treat patients like cattle, running us in and out. At one point I wondered if I was on my way to the slaughter house. Is there a way to get an affordable dentist and feel like a person?
You’re wise to continue seeking treatment. Too many people avoid the dentist altogether because of financial issues. Even with the hardships you’ve undergone finding the right affordable dentist, you will end up saving money in the long run.
As you have experienced, many dentists who advertise as affordable try to make up profits with the sheer volume of patients they get through. Truthfully, that’s not a pleasant experience for either of you. You miss out on personalized care and attention. The dentist misses out on the beauty of getting to know their patients.
Affordable Versus Cheap Dentistry
While the conveyor belt method can be annoying, the cut corners method is downright dangerous. This is where dentists cut corners to make up their profits. They may buy discounted materials which can lead to infection or failure.
Other times, dentists are significantly cheaper because they’re just plain bad at their job and can’t retain patients. They keep their prices super low to draw in new patients.
Think of it this way. One dentist makes a dental crown for $500 but it lasts 5 years. Another makes a crown for $800 but it last 15 years. The more “affordable” crown actually ends up costing you significantly more money.
Finding an Affordable Dentist
Start by looking for dentists in your area with good reputations. Check their services offered, then check their reviews. Are patients satisfied with the service they’ve received?
Once you’ve found a suitable list of dentists, call their office. Ask if they offer payment plans, Care Credit, or cash discounts. These are just some of the ways dentists can help patients.
This blog is brought to you by Auburn Dentist Dr. Raymond Bolt.