Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Dentist

Memorable Automobiles from The Past:


For today:

I have never had a Doctor I called ‘My Dentist’ except Dr Aide Talamantes in Acuna, MX. She is a very good dentist and a very sweet pretty lady, but 1500 miles away.

Anyway I went in expecting to have a broken tooth crowned and a possible bridge. I learned what I did not want to hear, the tooth cannot be saved. It must be extracted. He also suggested a bridge, actually a 4 tooth bridge total cost $3250. Is that a good price?  In my mind I was thinking between $1200 and $2000, when I read the projected figures my first thoughts were head to Mexico. I really do love the drive down that way.  Not sure Sherry is wanting to head that far south this time of the year.  Maybe I will pet the tooth then head south later next Winter.

If there weren’t extenuating family circumstances I might give it serious consideration.

I am thinking about negotiating the price a little.  Do Dentists negotiate?  Have you ever negotiated with one?


Okay I Know he ain’t coming down to $332.50, but maybe he would do the job for $3000, don’t you think that is fair?


I was in business for many years. I have NEVER got the price I was asking. I don’t think I have ever sold a car, that someone did not get me down some. LOL  So why wouldn’t a dentist do that?

Ok I ask a lot of questions, but that is on my mind today of course. ;-)



PS: Things I have learned:

Your tongue  is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.


Susan Kane said...

That would so be a great car ornament.

We had great insurance at my husband's work. Now, we are with Unitehealth Care. I broke two upper quadrant molars. Went through multi-dentist visit. I could not have the procedure you had, with no stable molar as an anchor. Cost. Oh, my goodness. It is obscene. Let me know how the teeth battle goes.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wishing you well in your present difficulties and praying for you, Jack.

God bless.

Mevely317 said...

Oh, that last image is hilarious! I wonder how many fender benders have resulted from people LOLing and not paying attention where they were going.
Wouldn't hurt to ask if your doc is open to a counter offer. Particularly if that offer's cash-UNDER-the-counter. Good luck!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I have the same thing coming up and I am dreading it. I know that I have at least one tooth that has to come out (so they tell me) and I am going to need a bridge of some sort, I suppose. Dentistry is SOOO expensive. Let me know if you get a bargain. lol. Hugs- Diana

betty said...

Maybe get a second opinion? I would see if your present dentist would do a discount for cash up front or give you a senior discount :)


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Dentists are expensive and for that reason I don't go, even though I should. Right now nothing is hurting, I'm not in pain at all and I can still eat, so I'll put it off a little longer. Sorry for your troubles. Too bad our teeth don't last forever.

Lisa said...

You can usually get a better “cash” price. Thats what Nick does.