Why Does Dentistry Cost So Much? Part 2

Once graduated, a dentist has a couple of options for going into private practice, they can start from scratch or purchase an established office from a retiring dentist. Both options are costly to the tune of $250,000-$750,000 depending on the area. Most have to make monthly payments on their office as well as student loans.

The cost of running a dental office is outrageously expensive. Monthly overhead for a practice is between 65%-80% after paying all the bills. Rent, debt service, payroll, taxes, insurance, materials, lab fees, office supplies, electronic filing and other monthly dues, malpractice insurance, association dues, marketing, phone lines and internet, continuing education, , technology, repairs and maintenance, etc…everything adds up to higher fees for the patient so that costs can be met.

Many patients assume they are “paying for their dentists new house” when in fact they are paying for their education, high costs of doing business and of course their expertise that they have worked hard for. The old saying “you get what you pay for” does apply here and patients should be aware of what kind of care they are getting. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Why does dentistry cost so much? Part 1

I’m going to do a series on my blog about the cost of dentistry and why it costs what it does. Dentistry is a professional service, not a trip to the grocery store. I cringe inside when patients say things like “well, I guess I’m paying for your new car”…I’m positive that the general public does not understand the costs involved to 1)get a dental education and 2)run a practice.

Let’s start with the cost of a dental education and what that entails. You are required to go 4 years of undergraduate at an accredited college or university. You have to take many difficult and time consuming courses that are heavily science based like organic chemistry and physics with their associated labs. I was not able to do much of anything outside of studying in college because I had to focus on getting a high GPA in very difficult courses to get into professional school. You are also required to take the DAT, Dental Admission Test, and score well on it to apply and have any chance of being accepted into Dental School. The cost of an undergraduate education is approximately $100,000 (and that’s for in state tuition) or more.
If and when you are accepted to Dental School, let’s use the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine as an example since this is the school I went to, the cost is approximately $56,000 per year for 4 years. If you do a residency program, which are on average 2 years, it’s an additional $30,000 per year for that.
So, to summarize, the cost of the education alone is approximately $320,000-$380,000 depending on what field you go into and where you attend school. Some schools cost more than that! Your debt load is HUGE coming out of school. I’m sure you can imagine the amount of money a dentist needs to make in order to service that debt alone, not counting the cost of buying or opening a practice from scratch…just food for thought:)

Affordable Dental Insurance

Unless you work for a large company, dental insurance is cost prohibitive and only covers a small amount each year. I have implemented an in house dental plan here at Park Meadows Dental Care. If you do not have dental insurance, you can pay a small enrollment fee and have access to lower costs making dental care less of a burden financially. For more information, give us a call at 303-759-5652.

Anyone can get on the plan, no pre existing condition clauses or nonsense to worry about. It is good for a year with the option to renew and can only be used here in our office. Since so many people are without dental insurance and in need of care, many people suffer and end up paying more later on because they put off needed work. Don’t be a statistic, be proactive in taking care of your oral health!

Dr. Berry

A Dentist That Cares

Kary BerryHi and welcome to my blog! I am the owner and sole dentist here at Park Meadows Dental Care. I have been practicing dentistry for 21 years. I have a lot of knowledge that I intend to share with you so follow me and check back here often! My office is located near Park Meadows Mall in south Denver and we are always welcoming new patients to our dental family. Please call us with any questions you have or if you are looking for a great dental team to help you through the maze of dental care.

There is a lot to consider and sometimes things can be confusing. If you are not comfortable at your dental office, with your dentist or dental hygienist, you should seek another provider. Dental care can be stressful and we do our best to make you feel at home and explain everything from dental procedures to dental insurance and everything in between. So, all the introductions have been made…what I really want to say is DON’T PROCRASTINATE on getting in to the dentist for a check up!

Regular visits are imperative to keeping time in the chair and costs to a minimum. It’s when you put off your dental care until something is bothering you that you end up spending more time and more money on your teeth and oral health. Finding issues when they are small is so much better than taking care of things when they become BIG PROBLEMS! Call us up today at 303-759-5652 and we will be more than happy to help you find an appointment time that works for you. I look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Berry

Will Porcelain Veneers Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired?

On a routine basis, people all over the world undergo various different types of cosmetic procedures to improve their looks. Often times these procedures promise to improve upon a problem area when the patient is unsatisfied with his/her looks. While the types of cosmetic procedures available today are almost innumerable, one highly popular procedure in the dental world is porcelain veneers.

Patients that opt to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers usually do so because they are not completely happy with how their smile looks. No matter if it’s due to discoloration, cracks, an uneven smile or missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can be used to solve these problems. For some patients it’s one thing to be internally unhappy with your smile, but would you ever upgrade your smile to increase your chances of being hired?

While there are no definitive statistics showing that having a flawless smile will land you your dream job, studies have shown that more job seekers are undergoing procedures such as dental veneers in order to improve their smile in hopes of raising their chances of being hired. For some spending thousands of dollars for a better smile is well worth it, but in the end no matter if you have a perfect celebrity smile or one that is mediocre, there is no saying whether or not you are guaranteed to be hired.

Interested in porcelain veneers or some other cosmetic procedure to improve your smile? If so Dr. Berry is your go-to Denver dentist. After a few appointments you can leave our office with a flawless smile that you love to show off. Contact us today for more info or book your appointment.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost in Denver?

The price of porcelain veneers isn’t set city-wide and rarely do we find that two patients end up with the same total cost. The fact is that the price of porcelain veneers depends on a lot of different factors. For one, the number of porcelain veneers you require will determine a good portion of the total cost of the procedure. Porcelain dental veneers are usually priced per veneer so the more you need, the higher your cost will be. Any type of pre-procedure treatment you require such as teeth whitening will also raise the bill amount, as will oral sedation (should you choose to go that route).

While there is no saying how much your overall porcelain veneers procedure will cost without scheduling a consultation, history has shown that the number one reason patients often decide to skip having porcelain veneers is the cost of the procedure. Average costs range between $900-$1,500 per porcelain veneer, and some patients don’t have the means to pay such a hefty price all at once.

Since porcelain veneers are deemed to be a strictly cosmetic procedure by the dental insurance companies, it is rare that your insurance company will pay for it (or even a portion of it). This means that as a patient you are expected to pay the entire cost of the procedure. However, Dr. Berry likes to help any and every patient that walks through her office be able to afford the life-transforming cosmetic dentistry that they need.

If you’re interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and what the procedure would cost given the unique challenges of your smile, book an appointment now to speak with Dr. Berry. Contact us today!