Getting quality dental care shouldn’t bankrupt anyone. Unfortunately, though, when patients are worried about dental costs they sometimes make one of two mistakes: They’ll either avoid the dentist altogether or they’ll look for the cheapest dentist they can find. Be careful, there’s a big difference between affordable dentistry and cheap dentistry.
What If You Can’t Afford the Dentist?
There’s more than one way to get the care you need. Here are some tips to help—
- Care Credit: Dr. Kaur’s office can help you apply for Care Credit, a medical credit card. This works differently than consumer credit cards, allowing you to choose your terms. There are low and no-interest payment plans available. In addition, there’s no penalty for early pay-off. This means you can get the care you need and pay it off slowly or, if finances change, quickly.
- Offering treatment options: There are often a number of ways to solve a dental problem. When that happens, Dr. Kaur will always share that information with you and give you the option to select the option that best fits your budget.
- Phased Treatment: Patients who avoid the dentist often find they need a lot more work than they can afford when they finally return. If that’s you, don’t panic. It doesn’t have to be done all at once. Instead, Dr. Kaur can list out the work from most to least urgent. Then you can get each thing done as you’re able.
- Quality Care: One thing she strives to do is make sure her work is top notch. For example, it’s much better to get a well-done filling that will last for more than ten years, than to get a cheap, poorly done one that only lasts a couple of years. Affordable, well-done work saves you much more money than slipshod cheap work.
- Reasonable fees: There are some dentists who, frankly, charge more than they need to. Dr. Kaur believes in reasonable fees and is an in-network dentist for many PPO dental plans, saving you out-of-pocket costs.