Why Your Dentist Costs So Much

From Sarah Lorge Butler – CBS Money Watch.com – June 10, 2011

Back in April I wrote about a person near and dear to me — yes, my
husband — who needed two new crowns for $3,442. I published his
experience in a post, Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off? Dentists howled in protest at the provocative headline, though most agreed with the content of the story.

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Patients howled too, about the high cost of dental work, and the
feeling that they’ve encountered dentists who don’t have their best
interests at heart. Here’s a typical letter: “My wife saw a dentist who
quoted her $750. Then halfway through the job, when she was numb and had
a big hole in her mouth, he told her he misquoted the price and it was
going to be $1,500. She could not exactly argue.” Another reader wrote
of going to two different dentists and getting two completely different
opinions about what his mouth needs and when it needs it. Who do you

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A young patient receives a high five from Dr. Dustin Root of Community Oral Health Initiatives in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization is one of 55 members in the Dental Resource Program of America’s ToothFairy to receive dental burs from a donation from SS White worth more than $1 million. Since 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $24.8 million worth of resources to help nonprofit clinics provide care to more children in need.

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