I am in college and do not have dental insurance and a filling fell out after eating a piece of candy so I called Aspen Dental because I heard they work with patients about the cost. I got called back pretty quick and immediately they started taking x-rays.
Probably 20 at least. No big deal. Then from the moment I got into the actual exam room I felt like they were trying to sell me something I didn't necessarily need. They brought up the "C" word.
Cancer. They asked me if I have ever been screened for mouth cancer. No dentist office has ever asked me that. Keep in mind this was before anyone even looked in my mouth.
Well naturally that freaked me out. Kind of scared of that word seeing as how I lost my father to cancer. Then the hygenist came in and did her exam and told me I needed deep cleaning to the extent where they would have to use novacaine to numb my gums. Finally, the Dentist came in, she did her exam and told me that she would want to pull the tooth and put in a bridge but possibly could do a root canal and cap the tooth.
I explained that im in school and do not have that much money and asked which would be cheaper. The dentist informed me that the cost to both treatments were almost "parallel". Well, she wasn't lying, I went to talk with the office staff about the cost and they wanted $2,300 for the root canal and cap and $2,900 for the bridge work. Almost $3,000 dollars for one tooth that a filling fell out of.
Needless to say I will not be returning. I will go to a local dentist and not a chain that is a scam.
One thing I can say is that everyone was very friendly. I guess they think that is the least thing they can do before they rape you with no lube.
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