I am SO-O-O disappointed! I hadn't been to the dentist in 15 years (I remember this because YoungSon, now 16, was nursing, literally, as I had a tooth pulled!). My job provides dental insurance, so I thought I would take advantage... I went in last week for exam, x-rays, cleaning, and the insurance paid 100%. So far, so good. Went back today for consult - I knew it wouldn't be pretty, but I thought insurance would pay 70-80%, so I listened to all the planning, pros and cons of various treatment options, and all that. I pretty much decided they were right, I need full denture on the top, plus a couple crowns and major periodontal work on the bottom. When they got to the money part, my etes sort of glassed over, and I lost track of what she was saying - insurance will cover 50% of this, 70% of that, anyway, the total came to nearly $9000. My part would be over $3000. I was trying to think how I could come up with that, when the sweet receptionist mentioned casually that my insurance has a cap of $2000. Oh, minus the $400 they already billed for the exam. That means my part would be $7000!!! Well, so much for dental care for this girl. I am going to have the 3 painful teeth pulled, and hope that the front ones last so I don't look too awful.
This is really discouraging. It took a lot for me to even get in to the dentist's office. Bleh.