Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off? Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Rising Costs of Dental Care
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever spent money on? Was it a vacation? A house? A new car? Did it fill you with pride and happiness to make the final payment knowing that it was officially yours? Spending money can sometimes offer a thrill. But other times, spending money is downright painful.
These times are for those boring, inevitable obstacles of life that offer absolutely no joy and instead fill us with a sense of obligation and dread. They are things like tires, home maintenance, and bills. But these costs have nothing on dental care.
Even the thought of the dentist is enough to cause some people to sweat and tremble. And it seems as if the dentist always costs a fortune, even if you have dental insurance to lighten the burden.
The cost of dental care is on the rise.
And while this is problematic for almost everyone, it can be especially troublesome for seniors. As we age, we often have a more pressing need for extensive dental care. Seniors often need dentures, dental crowns, and dental implants.
Even without large dental expenditures, it’s still vital for seniors to keep up to date with their semi-annual cleanings since putting them off can cause serious health problems. And to add insult to injury, most seniors in the U.S. are on a fixed income, which makes the rising costs of dental care even more difficult to manage.
The most in-demand dental procedures in America are implants, All-on-4’s, Snap-on dentures, dental crowns, root canals, and partial dentures. According to a survey of local dental offices, the average costs for these procedures in the U.S. are $1,600 (dental crown), $1,200 (root canal), $1,600-$1,800 (dentures), and $5,000 (dental implant).
In most states, the average costs are $1,700 (crowns), $1,400 (root canal), $1,800-$2,000 (dentures), and $6,000 (implants). And even with dental insurance, you are still responsible for up to a 50% co-insurance plus your deductible and monthly premiums.
Whether you live or have dental insurance, you will most likely max out your insurance at $1,500. So, if you happen to need more than one procedure in any given year, you’ll have to pay for the extra procedures entirely out of pocket.
These higher costs have very little to do with the actual quality or costs of the procedures or materials. Instead, these costs are based on the astronomical overhead cost of running a dentist’s office in America. For example, a small dental office serving just 1,000-1,800 patients per year costs $625,000 at start-up and $305,000 per year to operate.
This cost supplements the average dentist’s salary of $140,000, as well as the salaries of dental assistants, receptionists, and hygienists, and the cost of construction, remodeling, and the top-of-the-line furnishings that American patients are accustomed to.
For a large corporate dental office serving between 5,400 and 7,200 patients, the annual operating cost is $1,100,000. So it’s easy to understand why American dentists charge so much for their procedures.
For the past 20 years, Americans have been traveling to border towns in Mexico for their dental care because the costs are so much lower. If you don’t have insurance, the cost savings are astronomical!
But even with insurance, the cost savings can be in the thousands of dollars, especially if you decide to go through a dental referral agency. Have you thought about going to Mexico for dental care? At Beyond Borders Dental, we make all the arrangements for you, so you don’t have to worry about sending your dental records, dealing with foreign currency, making travel plans, or arranging your transportation. We refer you to the best dental office for your individual case and take care of all the details of your initial appointment, from A to Z. And, you never pay more for your dental care through us.
To find out more about how you can get affordable, high-quality dental care in Mexico, call us today at (505) 738-7770, or click this link to send us your inquiry, and we’ll get back to you.