Need Dentistry Be Expensive?
A common dental patient complaint is the occasionally high cost of dental care. Examine any Internet review site and you will find angry reviews that factor on the cost of treatment. Our Yuba City dentists understand these concerns and would like to discuss why dentistry seems to cost a lot and how our dentists help with those costs.
According to Evelyn Ireland, executive director of the National Association of Dental Plans, “fewer than five percent of people with dental coverage hit their annual maximum.” In accord with that, most of our patients do not have high dental costs. Their annual treatment is preventative only and consists of regular examinations, teeth cleanings and x-rays, with the occasional need for a filling to repair a cavity. These patients engage in good oral care at home. That’s what keeps them in the 95 percent that do not max out their dental insurance benefits. So while routine dental exams and cleanings do cost some money (although many are covered 100% by dental insurance), they are less expensive than fixing serious dental problems caused by neglect or lack of treatment.
Consider the Technology
Even the technology used in our most common procedure — regular dental exams and cleanings — is very expensive, so the overhead costs for the Yuba City Dental Group, and any other dental practice, are very high. Every treatment station features precision instruments that are scrupulously sanitized before use. Dental materials are extremely specialized, so they can effectively endure the demands of chewing and the moist environment of the mouth. Our staff members are highly trained, often at considerable expense to themselves. Education in dentistry is always ongoing, with our dentists and hygienists regularly attending courses, classes and conferences to apply the best and most effective treatments to our patients. It is true that some dental offices forego these costs by offering simpler, less modern treatments and by limiting certain expenses. The Yuba City Dentistry Group believes that it is our responsibility to provide you with the best services available, so you can have the best care.
Providing Multiple Options
At times, recommending certain treatments that may seem more expensive than other options is the best course. When you visit the dentist, it’s his or her role to make a treatment plan based on your oral health needs. Your needs may be different from what is covered by your dental plan. So no matter what you choose based on your needs and budget, the Yuba City Dentistry Group is committed to offering the best care possible.
In line with this thought, for any given complication there is usually more than one treatment. Some are much better than others. With improvements in quality, some options for treatment may come with a higher cost, but the end result is better for the patient. To quote our Yuba City Dentist:”We respect your choices, but the bottom line is that we care about you.” It is always your right to decide whether or not to go ahead with any dental treatment and to choose between the different treatments available.
Helping You Meet the Costs
The Yuba City Dentistry Group is always willing to work with patients when it comes to meeting the costs of their dental care. We accept many insurance policies and many forms of credit. We always clearly explain your costs in advance of our procedures and do the legwork for you when it comes to calculating your insurance benefits and out-of-pocket costs. Our dentists believe that an informed and educated patient makes the best decisions when it comes to their own dental health care. Come see the difference that straight talk about the costs and quality of your dental care represents for you and your family!