I posted last week that I need some dental work done. I also mentioned that I needed to find a new dentist who is “in network” with my insurance company. So I did, and I went in for an exam and another round of x-rays with the new dentist yesterday. I’m mad at myself for not just going to this dentist in the first place – I was trying to save about $20, but as it turns out, I ended up spending an extra $54 because I had to have another set of x-rays done. Live and learn, I guess.
At any rate, the cost of the work I need done is going to be $190. That’s filling four cavities and sealing two teeth (the new dentist said the 5th cavity is so small she can’t even fill it right now, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it). If you include the yearly $25 deductible I have to pay whenever “work” is done, as well as the two exams, the final total for everything will end up being $348.40. I’ve already paid $133.40 for the two exams, so I’ve got another $215 yet to pay, $87 of which I’ll have to pony up at my next appointment in July when I go in to get three of the cavities filled – in one day. The last cavity and the sealants will be done sometime in August.
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with this figure. Without insurance, it would cost me almost three times as much, and frankly, my own negligence of my teeth has led me to have so many cavities in the first place. I also feel pretty lucky that I don’t have to have all this done immediately, that I’m able to stretch out the appointments and, therefore, the payments. After not going to the dentist in over three years (I’m so embarrassed!) things could have been much, much worse.
So, I’m breathing a sigh of relief about that at least.