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Am I getting ripped off? (wisdom tooth extraction)

eli2k 199 December 11, 2009 at 01:28 PM
$480 per tooth. One is growing out slightly, one is growing sideways, and the other two are still embedded but growing in the right direction. And then they quoted me $480/tooth, forgot if they said it was "difficult" or not, but they did say it was all the same difficulty. So am I getting ripped off here? If I am, I can buy my X-ray for $20 and then go some place else. My medical insurance only covers about $120/tooth, so I have to front the rest of the money. This place was recommended by a family friend, but they were on Medical or Medicare or something, so maybe it's cheaper for them.

- Eli
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$480 is a little high. Are they knocking you out or just numbing it?
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That's about what I paid - ~$2k for all 4 two years ago.
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It's major surgery. That's sounds about right to me.
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It's major surgery. That's sounds about right to me.
I don't know about it being major surgery. It's the same as having any tooth pulled, unless if it's impacted it takes a little longer.
Most dentists just numb the area now, and yank out all four at once. It's no where near as complicated as it used to be. Dentists are a rip off. It literally takes 30 minutes to pull an impacted tooth. The only thing to be worried about it the nerves. Other then that its not too big of a deal.
I guess it depends on what state you live in. Here it's around 100-200 a tooth. Knocking you out costs more.
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This is in Orange County, so I'm not sure what's the general price around here. And I think this price might be for just numbing, but I'll have to check.

If I ask the doctor, hey how is your success rate for maxillary nerve injury and maxillary sinus perforation and he says, blah blah blah I am very careful, and none of my patients have encountered complications yet, do you think he's going to do some BS and hide some errors in the past?
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I don't know about it being major surgery. It's the same as having any tooth pulled, unless if it's impacted it takes a little longer.
Most dentists just numb the area now, and yank out all four at once. It's no where near as complicated as it used to be. Dentists are a rip off. It literally takes 30 minutes to pull an impacted tooth. The only thing to be worried about it the nerves. Other then that its not too big of a deal.
I guess it depends on what state you live in. Here it's around 100-200 a tooth. Knocking you out costs more.
Well, it's not open-heart surgery. But, it's not like removing a small mole or cyst. To me, it's major surgery because of the amount of work the doctor/dentist is doing during the surgical procedure.

As far as dentists being a rip-off, think of the amount of study it takes to qualify to be a dentist or oral surgeon. And, look at the equipment and liability that a doctor must undertake to perform that procedure. Most ppl often just look at the amount of time it takes to perform a surgical procedure to determine how much it should cost. Realistically, it's the complexity and training it takes to master that skill.
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This is in Orange County, so I'm not sure what's the general price around here. And I think this price might be for just numbing, but I'll have to check.

If I ask the doctor, hey how is your success rate for maxillary nerve injury and maxillary sinus perforation and he says, blah blah blah I am very careful, and none of my patients have encountered complications yet, do you think he's going to do some BS and hide some errors in the past?
All that stuff is reported to the ADA. If they have malpractice, you can find out about it. But it's very rare for that to happen. One Dr I worked for did get sued for a severed nerve though...I wasn't assisting that day.

I had a tooth fused to my jawbone and have just the Novocain, stuck gauze in it told me to clean up my mess and get back to work..Mad

I would get the X-rays and shop around. I mean 20$ to save a few hundred is worth it IMO.

Or even just call around and ask a round about price. Usually they can't give you one, just tell them what you were quoted and that you can obtain xrays, you're just looking for a low-high figure and you understand theres no guarantee.
Now I believe, not sure now...but if you find another Dr., they cane request the x-rays for free.
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I was so much smarter before I got mine taken out. Down
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Well, it's not open-heart surgery. But, it's not like removing a small mole or cyst. To me, it's major surgery because of the amount of work the doctor/dentist is doing during the surgical procedure.

As far as dentists being a rip-off, think of the amount of study it takes to qualify to be a dentist or oral surgeon. And, look at the equipment and liability that a doctor must undertake to perform that procedure. Most ppl often just look at the amount of time it takes to perform a surgical procedure to determine how much it should cost. Realistically, it's the complexity and training it takes to master that skill.
LMAOLMAO I was in the field for many,many years, and assisted pulling many teeth believe me they are a rip-off. What goes on behind closed doors with billing is amazing...trust me. They are crooks with the things they do. They overcharge people that they just don't feel like working on. They do some very shady things, and this was more then one dentist.
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I had my wisdom tooth yanked in the dentists office with Novocaine. None of that wimpy knocking you out shit.

Suck it up Wink

All teasing aside, I don't remember how much it cost but it was pure hell after!
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LMAOLMAO I was in the field for many,many years, and assisted pulling many teeth believe me they are a rip-off. What goes on behind closed doors with billing is amazing...trust me. They are crooks with the things they do. They overcharge people that they just don't feel like working on. They do some very shady things, and this was more then one dentist.
I know you were....I remember!Smilie But, I think overall, ppl's perception that certain medical procedures/fees are rip-offs is a bit off-base. About insurance billing, that's a whole different scenario. I'm just talking about, for example, $400-500 for getting a wisdom tooth taken out. To me, that's not a rip-off.
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All that stuff is reported to the ADA. If they have malpractice, you can find out about it. But it's very rare for that to happen. One Dr I worked for did get sued for a severed nerve though...I wasn't assisting that day.

Or even just call around and ask a round about price. Usually they can't give you one, just tell them what you were quoted and that you can obtain xrays, you're just looking for a low-high figure and you understand theres no guarantee.
Now I believe, not sure now...but if you find another Dr., they cane request the x-rays for free.
Thanks, did not know about the ADA info, I'll check it out and keep it in mind for future reference.

And I just checked, this dentist is not in the ADA directory, but you don't *have* to be in it, right?

So I'm just wondering as part of the procedure, don't they make you sign a waiver/consent form that there are risks involved, that the risks are part of the procedure, and thus if it so happens the unfortunate complication occurs, it is not our fault? That gets them around being sued.

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As far as dentists being a rip-off, think of the amount of study it takes to qualify to be a dentist or oral surgeon. And, look at the equipment and liability that a doctor must undertake to perform that procedure. Most ppl often just look at the amount of time it takes to perform a surgical procedure to determine how much it should cost. Realistically, it's the complexity and training it takes to master that skill.
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LMAOLMAO I was in the field for many,many years, and assisted pulling many teeth believe me they are a rip-off. What goes on behind closed doors with billing is amazing...trust me. They are crooks with the things they do. They overcharge people that they just don't feel like working on. They do some very shady things, and this was more then one dentist.
Yes, I understand the need to charge an appropriate amount for a procedure to recoup costs. But I don't like it when doctors do random tests and extra stuff just to wring more money out of you, and there are unfortunate people who are unaware what's going on and they just agree to it. I'm sure if there were many oral surgeons around, or if everyone stops suing doctors everywhere, the price would be driven down.


Btw one moot point, so the dentist office houses all the dentist facilities, BUT there is a small room they rented out to an attorney. Is this shady or what? I don't know. Confused
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Thanks, did not know about the ADA info, I'll check it out and keep it in mind for future reference.

And I just checked, this dentist is not in the ADA directory, but you don't *have* to be in it, right?

So I'm just wondering as part of the procedure, don't they make you sign a waiver/consent form that there are risks involved, that the risks are part of the procedure, and thus if it so happens the unfortunate complication occurs, it is not our fault? That gets them around being sued.





Yes, I understand the need to charge an appropriate amount for a procedure to recoup costs. But I don't like it when doctors do random tests and extra stuff just to wring more money out of you, and there are unfortunate people who are unaware what's going on and they just agree to it. I'm sure if there were many oral surgeons around, or if everyone stops suing doctors everywhere, the price would be driven down.


Btw one moot point, so the dentist office houses all the dentist facilities, BUT there is a small room they rented out to an attorney. Is this shady or what? I don't know. Confused
I totally agree.
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I know you were....I remember!Smilie But, I think overall, ppl's perception that certain medical procedures/fees are rip-offs is a bit off-base. About insurance billing, that's a whole different scenario. I'm just talking about, for example, $400-500 for getting a wisdom tooth taken out. To me, that's not a rip-off.
IDK, I've worked both sides of the office, assisting and the front desk. And I've never seen it that high. But then again, every Dr. and case is different.
As far as billing, I meant billing patients not insurance. They have set fees with most insurance companies for the procedures.

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Thanks, did not know about the ADA info, I'll check it out and keep it in mind for future reference.

So I'm just wondering as part of the procedure, don't they make you sign a waiver/consent form that there are risks involved, that the risks are part of the procedure, and thus if it so happens the unfortunate complication occurs, it is not our fault? That gets them around being sued.



Yes, I understand the need to charge an appropriate amount for a procedure to recoup costs. But I don't like it when doctors do random tests and extra stuff just to wring more money out of you, and there are unfortunate people who are unaware what's going on and they just agree to it. I'm sure if there were many oral surgeons around, or if everyone stops suing doctors everywhere, the price would be driven down.


Btw one moot point, so the dentist office houses all the dentist facilities, BUT there is a small room they rented out to an attorney. Is this shady or what? I don't know. Confused
Yea you have to sign a wavier...but people find ways around suing. I don't remember if she got anything of not.

Some random tests are needed though, depending on whats done. They might not make sense but are necessary.

Are you going to an Oral Surgeon or a regular Dentist? This makes a big difference. Regular dentists are cheaper, but a lot don't do them. An Oral Surgeon will charge more, but be most cost efficient.
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