a dental question from a co-worker?
ok my co-worker has no insurance and he was asking me, how much would it cost to get his teeth right, or at least ok.
here's his current problems:
overjet aka overbite
a few gaps in the frontal area
and now a cavity is takin a pain effect
i told ill see whats going on, should he hurry up and get dental insurance? is it worth it, most jobs have sorry dental plans. how much would it cost him without insurance?
his problems are pretty common. so on a serious note, what shall he do?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
He needs to prioritize: the decay needs fixed immediately. Even if he needs to do one filling at a time for financial reasons. If he can get insurance right away, that would be great, but you're right... it is limiting and in the US usually only covers a maximum of $1,000/year. Fillings are less when they are little and can grow fast....chu-ching! chu-ching!
One surface of a tooth (you can have decay on mulitple surfaces) can cost anywhere from $100-300. The longer he waits, the bigger they get, the more they cost. In addition, if the decay is moving quickly, it can reach the pulp tissue (nerve) inside the tooth and cause irreversible damage resulting in the need for a root canal to save the tooth. Those run anywhere from $900-2000 A TOOTH (depending on where you are in the world of course)! Then it would likely need to be fully covered by a crown to protect it... those cost another $800-2500 per tooth.
If there is one tooth in which the decay is deep or large, tell him not to wait until he has insurance or decides what to do with the other ones!
Also, overjets and overbites are two different issues. In certain cases, if the molars and premolars in the back function properly together (group function) it is POSSIBLE he may be a candidate for porcelain laminate veneers or porcelain crowns to straighten the teeth and make them appear to be in a more normal position but a dentist would have to evaluate him.
Obviously orthodontics are his best option. Tell him to google invisalign, only an orthodontist could tell him if he a good candidate. Either way he needs the decay fixed.
One more thing to think about: if the decay is large and covers multiple surfaces, he could be looking at $500 or more per tooth to repair it. If this is the scenario... he should consider porcelain veneers or crowns, these could potentially cover the defect from the decay and fix his smile at the same time. Long shot but worth the conversation. If he has allot of decay everywhere, I suggest he dedicates himself to brushing and flossing and ask his dentist about a prescription toothpaste called Prevident. Good luck to your friend!Source(s): Certified expanded functions dental assistant for over 21 years USA
- Bambi BerkowiczLv 61 decade ago
He should be careful about the dental insurance and make sure that it covers all the problems that he has. It may not. He needs braces to change the position of his teeth and that will run into the thousands. The rest could be up around a thousand or more, depending on whether it's simply cavities that need filling or if he needs more. If he needs crowns, bridges, root canals, or periodontal work, it will again run into the thousands.
He should start by having the pain issue dealt with. When he does that, he should ask the dentist for an estimate of cost to correct everything.
Look for a dental school or low cost clinic in your area where he can have work done at a reduced cost. The dentist treating the pain will have that information, too.
- 1 decade ago
Definitely get dental insurance immediately (even private). It pays for itself if you ever need any work done.
That being said, even the good plans only pay around 50% of the costs. Cavities should come first, as it is health related, and not just cosmetic. Each cavity should cost around $300, and with the insurance, $150.
If you have a friend of a friend who is a dentist, maybe barter with them to account for the cash payment part of the bill (the dentist can still bill your insurance for the other half).
- JaneLv 44 years ago
If your Co-Worker knows Private details regarding your Dental Health then there's only one place that she's getting this information from and that's the Hygienist and that is totally Unprofessional and you should seriously think about putting in a formal complaint against your Hygienist! Patient confidentially is very very important in all health care professions and your hygienist is not only letting you down but her whole profession and She/He needs to be reprimanded for this behaviour! Call your Dental Office and ask to speak to the Manager if they have one and explain to her what has happened and that you fully intend to put in a formal complaint. Im a Dental Nurse in the Uk and I'd never dream of passing on information about one patient to another patient, It's unprofessional and I could lose my job because of this. Do not let this matter drop, I would be livid if I were in your shoes!
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- 1 decade ago
sleep with the dentist