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Evergreen Family Dental

In March I went to Evergreen on Cap Hill for a dental checkup and basic cleaning, which is covered under my insurance. The dentist to examined me, one of two in the office, advised me that I would need 8 major fillings and an extensive deep cleaning, that with the help of my insurance would set me back $500.00

I didn't have the money at the time to pay for it, but the dentist warned me if I didn't get it taken care of soon, I would need a crown, root canal or extractions because of the condition of my mouth. I left a little shaken, because I had heard nothing like this before from any other dentist I'd been to.

Fast forward to a week ago, when I heard that UW needing filling and cleaning patients for their board exam. Never one to turn down free medical care, I signed up for a screening.

I got back this morning. THEY told me that my teeth were in very good condition... so good that they could not use me for the board exam. At best, I needed 5 "preventive", shallow fillings, a basic cleaning and a fluoride wash. (total cost without any insurance help $300) Unfortunately, my insurance wouldn't cover the UW doing the work because they are out of Network.

They also told me that "In Network" places don't get the full amount back from the Insurance company for a basic cleaning, so unless they do additional work, they don't make much profit.

The moral of this story is Dentistry, like all the others, is a for-profit organization. Evergreen Family Dental's use of scare tactics and prescribing unnecessary procedures for profit is thoroughly unethical. I bet they're not alone. Make sure you're educated, and if you can get a second opinion before dropping a wad of cash, do so.

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