Because of COVID-19, a lot has changed for dentists. One of those changes is that our costs have gone way up – nearly across the board. We are now paying 5-10x the normal amount for high-demand items like masks and items used for sterilization, as well as quality dental materials.
Add to this the fact that reimbursement from many insurance carriers went down during this period. That’s crazy in and of itself, but more to the point, it means that income is down for many dentists.
So costs are up. Income is down.
In addition to these factors, there are circumstances with limited supply for many dental materials.
I have spent hours online looking for many dental material items. Many of them are back-ordered, unavailable, or price gouged.
What shocks me is the sheer number of cheap knock off items currently on the market.
Nearly all dental materials come with something called a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). This sheet essentially lists the material “ingredients” in each item. Any dentist worth their salt could take one look at these ingredients and see the cheap materials that are not built to last. Materials for crowns and fillings are supposed to last you for years, if not decades.
Knock-offs are fine for trash bags or other disposables. But do you really want someone to cut costs with what goes in your mouth?
If you’re worried about the ingredients that may be in the materials your dentist might using, I would be too. Don’t assume your dentist will do the homework. Some dentists might be more focused on the costs, and not the ingredients.
For an entirely different experience, visit Moonlight Beach Dental.
You’ll find we have doubled down and invested in high quality materials for the practice in these difficult times. I’m happy to have a dialog with you about any materials used in your procedure, and explain the thought process that went into their selection for reasons of safety and overall quality.
At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself: What do you want in your mouth?