The dentist has eaten my entire tax refund and an additional $1300 since December.
We've paid $2700 out of pocket.
Dental insurance picked up $4900.
We're walking around with $7600 in our mouths. :box:
My husband still needs gum grafts, fillings, cleanings. I need an additional crown. Some of this is going to have to wait until next year, but I am bummed that the money I was going to use to pay down my student loan and beef up the savings account some more has been completely spent on teeth.
We are otherwise 100% healthy. Why do our teeth suck? Whine whine whine...
THAT is absolutely awesome and wonderful. Hold onto that. And remember that teeth are an important investment.
Originally Posted by Sonnenwende
WOw, that is a lot of money. You are lucky to have dental insurance that will cover that much.
DH and I are keeping our fingers crossed - we go to a dental hygiene clinic at the junior college for low-cost cleanings and x-rays and hope we don't need any work. DH has 2 teeth broken off at gum line and a missing crown but he is willing to live with it. I have a mouthful of fillings from being bad in my early years and am hoping they are all stable.
In our state there are some dental clinics that charge on a sliding-fee scale but we are not in the catchment area that they cover. In other words we live in the wrong town.
I wish they had a dental school near us, we are about equidistant from 3, each is about 3-4 hours drive away.
As someone with no dental insurance, I feel for you! In the last 15 months or so hubby has had his wisdom teeth out, a crown put on- cost roughly $2400 just for those, never mind cleanings and some fillings.DD3 had her first cleaning in Jan- she has 5! cavities (little plaque though, they say her molar grooves are unusually deep so stuff really collects in there- sigh). Her fillings are costing us over $500, on baby teeth (grrrrr). Luckily we can afford all this with some planning, but what a pain! Used some of our tax refund to start a dental/emergency vet bill fund- will use for costly dental work or unexepected vet bills (not teeth cleanings, the random filling or regular pet visits). I will feel good when we have a good $2k or so in there- enough to cover a crown or emergency c-section on a dog if needs be (I breed).
We looked into dental insurance through hubby's work- at roughly $128 a month, with what they cover, we decided it really wasn't worth it- we'd need a LOT of work, more than we've even had done recently, to make it worth it. The 'break even' point is pretty ridiculous. So I understand your whining!