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My dad's dentist recommends almost $18,000 (dental, oral surgery, and endodontics) of care for him. My dad is 87 and in good health, except his teeth! What have you learned about dental care for your aging parent(s)?

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Is dad in pain?
How well do you know this dentist ?

Mom is soon 94 and her X-rays showed cavities under two crowns
Her dentist spent about 20 minutes examing her teeth and then asked me to step outside
My first thought was oh god it's worst than he thought
Instead he said you know I make my money off of crowns but her teeth don't look as bad as the X-ray
He then said It's your choice but I don't think it will improve the quality of life for her to do the work
What a relief

Ask the dentist if his dad was nearly 90 would he put him through it ?
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That it's worth paying for quality. But if you think the price quoted is excessive for the work to be done, ask around. And if you think the dentist might be adding too many bells and whistles, have a frank discussion about what is really necessary and why.
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