We're Cheaper than Winding-Up Needing Implants from Bad Dentistry
You get what you pay for.
When it comes to dentistry, this is the way traditional dentistry rolls out (as I'm sure you have experienced):
- You show up and you're told you need a filling.
- You're then, later, maybe in 2-6 years or more, told that filling is worn out and needs to be replaced. You get that done but the doctor had to grind down more tooth structure to "prepare" the tooth for the replacement filling.
- After 1 or 2 replacement fillings you're recommended to perform a crown on that tooth.
- After 5-10 years of having a crown, usually bacteria creeps in under the crown, sneaks down into the nerve, and, suddenly, you need a root canal.
- 5-10 years after that the root canal gets reinfected or fails and the entire tooth needs to be extracted, you need a "bone graft," and an implant is then placed.
- After a few months of healing, the crown is built up on the implant completing what we call "THE CYCLE OF DEATH OF A TOOTH."
This entire process is going to cost you somewhere between $6000-$12,000 PER TOOTH.
Not to mention all the pain, lost time and irritation of having to do all this work.
My restorations, even on the high-end, are not usually going to go above about $2400 per tooth and I put a very intense END to this Cycle of Death.
Most people want to save a buck NOW and they can't think with consequences.
My patients don't fit that category at all.
My entire goal is ONE AND DONE. I want to fix your mouth once and then work out your hygiene and lifestyle to make sure that all you see me for from that point forward is for cleanings.
When you hear that a dental practice "accepts your insurance," it simply means that the office files a claim on your behalf to your insurance company. We do not bill your insurance company for you, but we can assist in filling out claim forms for you to submit on your own. All you have to do is mail the form, then follow-up with your insurance company to make sure the claim is paid.
Please remember this – insurance generally pays only for work that is considered "medically necessary" by their definition. Many holistic, biomimetic, and mercury-removal services are not covered, as they are not considered medically necessary by insurance carriers. You can call your insurance company to get "pre-approval" on a claim. However, pre-approved is not a guarantee of payment. We prefer to devote the effort, time, and attention to YOU, rather than to navigating the maze of difficulties included in "accepting" insurance.
Insurance is a simple game – bring in more money than is paid out. Insurance contract language is intentionally difficult to understand to prevent the insurance company from having to pay claims. Insurance gets between the patient and doctor, creating situations where "do you take my insurance?" becomes more important than giving you excellent service.
After reading countless books on sales, marketing and business, I realized that money is never truly the reason why a person can or cannot do a service. It is simply the building of value. Imagine this: The person you care about more than anyone else in the world is dying. He or she will be dead in a week if you don't help to raise $50,000 for treatment of a life-threatening health complication. How fast would you be able to come up with that money? Human characteristics of necessity and desire are senior to money, in terms of power. It is sad that they have somehow taken a back seat in the world of healthcare.
We do not support large insurance companies that don't care about your health. We do not believe in green pieces of paper that can be exchanged for goods and services. We don't feel that these things should be key points in your decision to see us. We believe in your necessity and desire, and your ability to differentiate the best decisions for your health and the health of the people that you love.
This is why we place such high importance on delivering good educational materials. We take responsibility for the fact that there is not much information available that isn't either horribly boring, or far too technical to understand.
AN INSURANCE-OBSESSED COUNTRY:
In a country where insurance controls the scene and has healthcare in a death grip, I would like to take this moment to say something with a little more depth regarding insurance.
When you go to a dental office that accepts insurance, you need to know certain things that will greatly affect your quality of care.
The first of these is that the insurance company only pays the doctor a percentage of what he would normally charge for a service. This is why when you go into a low-end insurance office (such as an HMO office) you see a ton of dental chairs and will only see the doctor for a few minutes at the end of your appointment.
The doctor, in order to make the same amount as he/she would doing a service, has to see 3 times as many people. So the office, naturally, has to become a "mill" in order to make any money. The doctor has to hire people and then just runs in-between each room to double-check everything and say hi.
This model creates a situation that is very impersonal and, by necessity, gives you a low quality of dental care.
The reason why I wanted to let you know about this is because, as the patient, you need to be INFORMED so that you can make the best decision for your health.
It's not that the dentist running this office doesn't care about your specific health, the true problem that creates this is that the doctor chose to run his office based on insurance rather than based on the health and care of the patient. Then he or she gets used to and figures out a system and then just repeats it with no time or interest in improvement.
This type of office also requires the dentist to go at 100 miles-per-hour all day long 5-6 days a week in order to hit the quotas needed in order to pay himself and his staff enough to keep the office humming along.
This creates "burn-out" in the dentist. He or she will only do the bare minimum of continuing education and will, most likely, continue to do the exact same style of dentistry with little to no improvement.
He or she doesn't want to have ANYTHING to do with dentistry while "off the clock" because it becomes stressful and, eventually, a grind. Some dentists even feel "trapped in their office" because they get so deep into the insurance machine that they lose their interest and personal love for their profession.
This entire climate, combined with patients having little to nothing available to educate themselves, creates a situation where you have the exact same dental techniques being used today as over 100 years ago.
BUT there are a small handful of dentists who are out there who refuse to break down and shackle themselves to this system. It's not just us.
We dream of a better day where dentistry, like it was many years ago, is based on patient health and the patient having a choice because of PERSONAL PREFERENCE. This climate naturally causes COMPETITION in the marketplace and causes dentists to be "on their toes" as to new ways of delivery as well as forcing the marketplace to create aesthetic and consumable marketing and promotional activities that allow a patient to educate themselves on things that matter most like dental materials, techniques, chair-side manner, etc.
You don't buy a car based on the financing. It's a PART of the deal, but not the major part. What matters is how the car fits into your lifestyle. How does the car best represent you?
We want to earn your business because we fit your life and fit your needs.
We want to be that Mustang or Camaro that excites you every time you get in to drive it. Every time you eat or every time someone mentions about your wonderful smile we want to be in the back of your mind as such a wonderful experience that you can't help but tell them about us and how amazing your experience was. We want the experience with us to be so amazing that it causes you to smile and light up just over the thought of someone asking you "hey, do you know of a good dentist?"
We want to lead the way in a fight to get back what we believe is rightfully yours: your choice to educate yourself and decide what is best for YOU, not letting an insurance company choose for you.
This is exactly why we have spent months and thousands of dollars putting together my free holistic dental course.
Small restorations, such as 1 or sometimes 2-surface biomimetic fillings, are around $800 per tooth. Large restorations such as crowns, veneers, deep decay, etc are around $2,400 per tooth.
If you are strictly a price shopper who places no value on high-quality dentistry, we recommend going to one of the dental schools such as UCLA.
We work with several third-party companies such as CareCredit and Lending Club. We do not offer payment plans. All work must be pre-paid for when the service is placed on the schedule. Why? Because we only want patients who are 100 percent devoted to complete and utter health. We do not want people who are unsure about how important it is to have dental work that is 100 percent holistic and biomimetic.
Because my office is 1-on-1 and no-rush dentistry, having our patients pre-pay for their appointments allow me to keep in top-notch quality care because reschedules and cancellations are very rare.
We have many patients who borrow from family and friends for this level of care, or borrow against retirement funds, pensions, etc.
My patients often become my family because I provide one-on-one dentistry (patients are seen one at a time, ensuring my complete, personal attention). I do not and cannot service patients who are not totally devoted to full-body health, via the mouth.
There is a terrific mass of nerve endings in teeth. Barbaric conventional practices in dentistry grind down and butcher nerves, causing them to transmit danger and chaos through the whole body. Dentistry needs a facelift, but there is no necessity to do so, based on patient demand. Insurance companies have solidified this belief.
Computer companies change their technology by the day, sometimes by the hour, because consumers DEMAND it. There is no money in old technology. Dentistry is the total opposite. This will only change when you, the consumer, demand that inhumane practices be ceased. You do this simply by not paying for them. If you don't pay for them, they will be gone in the blink of an eye. We want a future where going to the dentist can be a decent experience; not one that you regret.
Make the decision that the subject of teeth and dentistry is not something you have to be a doctor to understand. Einstein once said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." We operate entirely on that principle. I believe that only good is derived from explaining things to patients in a simple way.
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