My grandpa is almost 86 years young and lives outside of Los Angeles in a town called Bellflower. He has been having some issues with his teeth lately and decided to go ahead and have the rest pulled and get dentures.
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Ok, fine. It's his mouth and he can do as he pleases. What I DO mind, however, is the dentist who is trying to pull the wool over his eyes and tell him that "to extract your remaining teeth and get you set up with full upper and lower dentures will cost you $14,875.00". Seriously?!?!?!? I work for a dentist. You've got to be
LADY, YOU'RE IN BELLFLOWER, NOT BEVERLY HILLS.
The patients you're going to treat in that neck of the woods will NOT LIKELY have that kind of money just laying around. People choose dentures because it's an inexpensive alternative to having dental implants. The population who has dentures is generally elderly and on a fixed income. If they could all afford dental implants, I'm sure they would do that. It's a much nicer alternative to dentures, but not always feasible for everyone.
I am mostly just appalled that someone would try to do this to anyone, but especially to my Grandpa. He's a cool old man, and this just stinks. I'm so glad he told my mom and aunts before he just trusted this dentist and believed that she had his best interests in mind. They called me and faxed me his treatment plan, and I showed it to the Dr. I work for. I got on the phone to Grandpa and told him to run screaming in the opposite direction of this dental office like his hair is on fire. They're trying to rob him blind, and take advantage of a trusting patient.
I looked up the dentist online, and she has no reviews or website, according to Google. I guess this should serve as a warning to people to always get a second opinion when it comes to Dental work.