Financial Information

The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before you begin, so that you can make the best choice for you.

Affordable Payment Plans

Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it.

Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans.

We also offer Care Credit payment plans as a convenient alternative to consumer credit cards, cash or checks.

Learn more about Care Credit here.

Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We'll work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.

Discount Dental Clinics

Dear Patient,

Getting the same thing for a discount price is good consumerism.  Getting taken advantage of is not.  I can help you save more, and spend less for your dental needs by prioritizing only necessary treatment.

Just last week I met a new patient who was unsure of the previous office’s treatment plan.  I examined their X-rays, teeth and gums.  My treatment plan had fewer restorations (lower cost).  I struggled to explain how non-cavities could need fillings, and acceptable fillings need crowns according to the previous office.  This happens several times a month, and usually the patient has come from a Corporate Dental Practice.

We now have several Corporate Dental Practices in our area. It sickens me how patients are enticed into a Corporate Practice because of their insurance.  What makes Corporate Dental Practices different from Private Dental Practices?

It is the Corporate Dental Practice’s bonus payment structure that creates the wrong incentives.  Congress has recently investigated one such Corporate Dental Office, with these findings:

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) “You have dentists under pressure to perform more services than may be necessary — giving a child a crown instead of a filling, for example — because of a bonus payment structure that creates the wrong incentives.”

Grassley said the problem was rooted in the structure of these chains, saying that it claims that dentists own the practices but in reality they do not have control.  “These ‘owner dentists’ are effectively ghost owners who maintain none of the traditional aspects of ownership of their operations, allowing the corporate investors to have control over clinical operations,”

How do these companies get around the ownership issue?

By claiming that they offer business management and marketing solution to dentists, and don’t own the practice. The companies own the building, hire the staff, determine pricing and sales goals and can, in essence, fire the dentist if they don’t make the numbers, so it’s up to you to decide who actually “owns” what.

Along with the unnecessary treatment, The Center for Public Integrity found patients who have been pressured into accepting treatment they could not afford and coerced into signing up for long term financing contracts.  My heart goes out to those Dentists who are stuck in these clinics.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE

I’m a private practice Dentist. A private practice is; owned by the dentist who is responsible for the care of his patients.  My dental practice answers only to my patients.  I’ve been practicing in Tracy for 22 years now, and my father 30 years before me, at this location.

Many satisfied patients referred their friends and families. When there are treatment options we discuss pros and cons and of course, “will the service/benefit be worth the fee?”  My fees are fair, and I will not push you into unwarranted treatment. My patients know that I stand behind my work.

Trust is earned.

 

Sincerely, 

Ronald G. Miller D.D.S. F.A.G.D.

 

Call for my Second opinion.

 

Ref: FRONTLINE: Dollars-and-Dentists

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dollars-and-dentists/

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