For those who have no insurance, try to see if there's a dental school in your area that you can become a patient at. I just became a patient at the UB Dental School and their fees are 1/3 to 2/3 that charged in private practice. The maximum they charge for extractions is $108 for a complicated extraction. Root canals are still prohibitive, $700 per tooth according to the student dentist I saw recently. And he said that under ordinary circumstances I'd be looking at 6 or 7 root canals. That's what happens when you spend months on end not caring about your dental hygiene I guess. I'm not lazy anymore but the damage has been done. But since my student dentist knows that I self pay they're gonna do extractions instead once they find a student dentist who will be around for awhile to do what needs to be done with my teeth, as the one I just saw was in his last week before residency. So that's one drawback....you might have to wait while they find a student dentist and you might get bounced around between student dentists. And also the appointments last longer...meaning allow 2 - 3 hours per appointment because the student's work needs to be supervised and examined by a faculty member. But that's a small price to pay for lower fees and you are helping student dentists get the hands on experience they need. Anyhow I'll be trying some of these other remedies as I think one of the deep cavities they they were gonna try a filling on once they found a student dentist for me may have deepened to make contact with the nerve forming an abscess. what I might try also is warm water mixed with peroxide in a 1-to-1 ratio.
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