I’ve had a cavity for quite some time. I knew I needed to visit a dentist and address it, but I couldn’t afford the expense. Within a matter of a few weeks, the tooth in which the cavity had developed began to cause me pain. So I started to look for a dentist that could help me. A crown was going to cost more money than I had, so I focused my search on a dentist who was affordable.

I landed on a dentist who was going to charge over $100 less than the others I’d consulted. That is a huge savings to me, so I moved forward with the appointment.

After examining my mouth, the dentist told me that my needs were greater than the amount he’d originally quoted me and that I needed a crown.

I feel like he lured me in with his low pricing in an unethical manner. Seeking a second opinion is what I should do, I know. However, I can’t afford the extra cost I will incur with another appointment if what this dentist is suggesting I need is accurate. I have no idea if he is being honest and sincere in his diagnosis. Is there a way I can tell without incurring the costs of another dentist?

Thank you,
Julie

Dear Julie,

Your budget constraints are understandable. However, when you approach the search by looking for the cheapest dental provider, you’re bound to run into some problems. A dentist who promotes him or herself by their cheap rates is a red flag. There are certainly ways to land on a quality dentist without breaking the bank if you keep a few points in mind.

Finding an Affordable Dentist

One of the first approaches to finding a quality affordable dentist to to look for someone who will customize your treatment plan. Seek out a dentist who will listen to you and your budgetary needs, in addition to your dental needs. Many times, there are multiple solutions at different price points.

Another option is to consider a dentist who offers payment plans. Typically, you won’t find an office who will offer an in-house payment plan, but many offices accept CareCredit. CareCredit is a payment service which usually has no finance charges for a specific period of time.

A dental office that offers discounts is also an option to consider. If you aren’t working with insurance and plan to pay for your services on your own, some offices will provide discounts for patients who are paying in cash up-front.

Seek a Second Opinion From a Trustworthy Dentist

Often times, when we have a gut instinct, it is right. You will likely kick yourself if you move forward with this treatment plan, without seeking a second opinion. One option for saving on the second appointment is to ask the original dentist for a copy of the x-ray to take with you to the next dentist.

It is important to find a dentist whom you trust. Ask questions, visit the office, read reviews. If you genuinely trust the provider, you won’t question the care you are receiving. You’ll be confident that you are being given the best care, and that they dentist is doing everything they can to give you quality service and treatment, and also keeping their work within your budget.

This article is sponsored by the office of Gilbert affordable dentist, Dr. Matthew Roper.