Dentist 2nd opinion
Disclaimer: I have no insurance.
I went to see a new dentist as mine moved to the other end of the city a few years back and I told them that didn't work for me so cancelled my scheduled appointments. I was somewhat negligent and even though I went to the old dentist religiously every 6 months I had not been to one for a few years. I did the examination, 4 types of x-rays, full cleaning and whatever else and that came out to $500. Then she shows up and goes through a laundry list of things I need fixed, 5 gum grafts (2 urgent @ 1400 per), 3 cavities, 1 urgent at $3xx.
So I called around for a 2nd opinion. I was very open that I simply wanted a 2nd opinion. Every dentist I called wants to do a full examination, new x-rays ect. for $300-400. I can have them order the x-rays from the other dentist but then I think I'm blackballed with the other dentist if the new one is worse.
I know they don't work for free but could there not be a way to pay $100 for 10 a minute estimate before dropping $3000 for "urgent" problems? I recall a Marketplace episode from years ago and I don't want to get taken to the cleaners (no pun intended lol).