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06-25-2012 05:26 AM

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Hi Folks
I was wondering if we have any oral surgeons in the house ? I told my son I would help him out with his dental cost to have his teeth removed but come to find my son has a high tolerance to pain medication where nether gas or normal injections will not dull his pain,so having this problem he has avoided dental work for a long time but is now in terrible pain and can only have his teeth removed by a oral surgeons while his is completely unconscious .After having his teeth removed he will need dentures for a total of around $10,000- $12000. After hearing this price I was in shock because I don’t have those kind of funds available to help him. He is a veteran but there does not seem to be programs that will help and he is low income but I don’t see where there are local programs that can help him either. We are not looking for donations just information. If there are folks that know about programs that are available to help or Oral surgeons to tell us if these kind of charges are typical or not we sure would appreciate and information you might have.

Here’s a quote we got from a local dentistry office. We are located in Douglas County Oregon near Roseburg.
$150 simple extraction, $252 surgical extraction, X 28 teeth
$245 Sedation (light), $345 Sedation (heavy)
$3948 $7000 Estimate
plus $2800 for dentures

$79 consult,

Are these typical cost ?

Thank you for your help

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 05:43 AM


I am obviously not a dentist, but try dental schools in Oregon. They often take patients pro bono to allow advanced students, under direct supervision, to get experience. UK does it here in Kentucky and have a fabulous reputation. His veteran status should help. I googled dental schools in Oregon and got bunches. As the old Jew said, “hjat could it hoit?”


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#2 posted 06-25-2012 05:45 AM

I have had the recent necessity to seek dental work from our dental college in Baltimore MD. The charges are about half of average in the area. You have instructors over the shoulders of the students. I found their work and professionalism to be extremely acceptable.
Bruce Jordan

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 05:47 AM

Thank you Steve good Idea. We will check it out. I got you beat 45 years with my lovely bride. :))

Thank you too Bruce another vote for dental schools.

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 05:47 AM

Jim, Are there any dental college(s) in your area? Here in MN the U of M has a Dental program that offers minimal cost treatment for anyone.

When I first moved here from Florida 8 years ago I had no job and no insurance, but needed a root canal pretty badly. My out of pocket was about $250. The work was done by a graduate student who was closely supervised by an instructor.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 06:10 AM

I worked as a dental sales rep years ago selling to dental colleges exclusively. A dental college is a good idea, the students who work on patients are overseen by a very qualified instructor, also the student in order to work on patients are in his/hers last year of school and are only months from being a DDS. My own son used the college when he had no insurance. However if he needs to be unconscious that may have to be done in a hospital, also college dental schools are limited in how many teeth maybe extracted at one time. Hope it works out for you. PS. 51 years.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 06:19 AM

Looks like there’s only one dental collage that takes students in Portland 3hrs drive but I still will give them a call.
Thanks Richard and Tom

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 06:33 AM

all 28 need to be removed?...get other opinions

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 06:57 AM

A fair number of people from the UK/Europe go to Thailand, and increasingly India, for all types of medical work, including dentistry. It’s supposed to be a lot cheaper, and of very high quality (we’re not talking back-street slums here).
A long shot, but I point it out because it is an option.
Try searching for “Dental tourism thailand” if you might be interested.

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 10:34 AM

Jim I’m not a dentist either but my sister has worked for dentist, I myself just went through braces and as for as your question about cost, yes that’s in the ball park, I was lucky enough to find fastbraces which cut my cost in half and did the work in double the time, at age 52, I had my teeth straightend within a 7 month period at the cost of 3k here in Austin Tx.

Sorry to hear about your son and hope all goes well.

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#10 posted 06-25-2012 11:16 AM

Jim, when faced with those kinds of costs, I would consider having the work done in Algadones, Mexico. It is just across the border from Yuma,Az. We go to Az in the winter and tons of Canadians and many of our American friends swear by the dentist there. He is trained in the USA but went there to avoid all the insurance costs he had to pay here and does the work for much less. They all seem to be satisfied with the work, If you want, I can get the name and phone number from my friends who have used him. Send me a PM if you are interested and I’ll get you the info so you can compare costs. Vets should be covered like the congressmen who sit here out of harms way and gather free medical coverage and big salaries for life-.......................Jim

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#11 posted 06-25-2012 12:05 PM

Jim sorry to hear of your sons dental problem. For pain I recommend hypnosis, it is used successfully for situations such as your son. Hypnosis is used on cancer patients with severe pain and during operations where the patient has to be awake. IT IS A DISGRACE THAT OUR VETS CANNOT GET THIS CARE. Have you tried a VA hospital?
Best of luck to you both.

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 12:15 PM

My wife is a dental assistant and she says the quote is about right.

If it is any help, charges you posted are much less than what we would pay in Canada without insurance.

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#13 posted 06-25-2012 02:26 PM

Jim, I don’t have any advice over and above the great suggestions from above but I still wanted to send you and your family good thoughts and best wishes as you go through this. I’m sure before you all know it it’ll be taken care of; hang in there and stay strong.

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#14 posted 06-25-2012 02:50 PM

It seems that the cost of keeping the teeth that can be saved will be more than removing them.

Knick Knack Traveling that far is not and option but thank you for your suggestion.

Thanks for your input Blackie

Jim I don’t know if we could travel 1000 miles but it’s something we could think about,thanks for your help.

Woodklutz Hypnosis might be and option that would work thanks for the suggestion. I agree it is a disgrace that our vets can’t get dental help. Yes we have checked at a VA hospital and all they will do is give him some meds for the pain.

Jusfine thanks for you info.

JR thanks for your kind thoughts and support.

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#15 posted 06-25-2012 03:17 PM

(A1) Jim,
I’ll second the suggestion of Algadones for dental care. If, he can perform the surgery.
We are a few hundred miles north of Algadones and have plenty of room. Stop over here, drive to Yuma in one day and Algadones the next.
Tho, maybe straight down the coast to San Diego and over on 8 might be closer.
At any rate, you are welcome coming and/or returning.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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