Ah some good laughs there.
Its all a rip off. The root canals I am convinced are not necessary. Its like a builder saying "We can use these good 40 year old foundations for this new house, but imagine if there was some dodgy mortar that we cant see, and it all fell down in 10 years time, then how would you feel"? Its a psychological game. Both sow the seeds of fear.
Yesterday was $560 for removing the two nerves, 2 xrays, 1 plastic thing I bit on (cost $77 for that bit of plastic) and the general 70 buck rip off for "general examination". Once the nerves are gone, they have got you. I think its 2400 for the root canals and 3600 for the crowns, or the other way around.
I dont have health Insurance, luckily dont really get sick. had it for 20 years, never used it, gave it away. The now expelled Fascist Liberal Government, was persuaded by their greedy mates to make private health insurance more expensive if you join after the age of 25. Its a disgrace. Basically forcing the population into things they dont need at the time, so they dont pay more for them later when they dont need em. Say its 1000 a year for a 20 year old. Then its 1100 for a 30 year old, 1500/40, 2000/45, 2500/50 etc.
Downunder, the Government doenst dont think teeth are part of your body or involved in your health in any way and never has, so are not covered by medicare. Private health funds only pay an absolute and extreme 1500 a year and that would cost you 80 bucks a month. So you can see, they get you in the end no matter what you do.
My late Mother went without food so she could send the three of us to the dentist when we were kids. She had all her teeth out very young, as was the practice in the 30s-50s. She said food never tasted the same again. She asked me to promise her that I would always look after and keep my teeth, no matter what it took.
Thats one promise I could never break, no matter the cost.
I must admit, I do like the gold idea. Could pull em out at death melt em down and use them to pay for the funeral. I just dont like the idea of Gold teeth, looks creepy. Im going as white as I can without looking like some wacka on a soap. I plan to die broke and FORCE the government to bury me. I just like that idea.