Maintaining a dental practice that routinely delivers a high standard of dental care can be expensive proposition. Dentists have student loans that must be paid, loans for equipment and construction, staff salaries and it often takes years of extra learning after dental school for them to become truly proficient.
Fees are of intense interest to many people shopping for a dentist on the internet and often patients seem to be shopping for affordable dentistry. This is all well and good, but usually it is wise when seeking ‘bids’ to stay away from the low bidder (unless you’re our government?) As one of my wise dental assistants once pointed out ‘You can’t get to heaven without dying”. Similarly where dentistry is concerned good work takes time and usually has a fee that properly reimburses the dentist for his time.
Providing consistently high level results may take extra time to achieve. In my dental practice most of my patients are scheduled for an hour or more. Scheduling long appointments for patients may tend to produce good dentistry, but it does tend to limit the number of patients a dentist can see per day.
Although dentistry can be treated like a commodity just like any other, it is an art and not a science. Often in dentistry as in life, it not what you do that’s important, it’s how you do it! An excellent filling is better than a poorly fitted crown. Many dentists do things differently and invariably some offer better results than others.