Welcome to Basic Dental!
If you need to get your teeth fixed, but you have been concerned about the cost,
you have come to the right place. We have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep our fees low, so that people who don't have dental insurance, or who live on a fixed income, or who just can't pay an arm and a leg to fix a tooth, can still afford to go to the dentist and get their teeth fixed.
We, the dentists/owners of Basic Dental Care, are as concerned about the cost of dental care as we are the cost of all health care. We know that going to the dentist may not always be something that you have planned for in your budget. We know it can be expensive, and most people are fairly concerned about the cost, especially if they do not have dental insurance. That is why we have gone to great lengths to keep our fees low.
Why our dental fees are lower
From the day we opened our office, our goal has been to provide the basics in dental care at fees that people can afford. We have long realized that all health care is too expensive, including dental care. Although we can't do much about the cost of medical care, doctor's fees, or drugs, we have felt like we could do something to reduce the price of a filling or the cost of a crown for people who don't have a dentist uncle. The price of a filling or crown depends on numerous factors, some of which we can control. Because our concern is to keep fees low, our focus has been to try to control our overhead costs. We can't control everything, like the lab work needed to fabricate dentures or crowns, but we can control unnecessary frills that don't have much to do with the actual dental work in your mouth. We thought we could do that, then pass those savings on to you, the dental patient, in the form of lower fees.
Some other things we have done to control our overhead, and keep the cost down for you
From the beginning, we tried to keep our overhead costs down. You may notice some of the things we have done (or have not done) when you visit our office. For instance, we are not in a fancy, new office building with plush carpets and expensive furnishings. You also won't find a lot of computerized gadgets, digital cad/cam machines (very expensive) or entertainment devices. You may also notice that we do not spend enormous amounts of money on yellow pages advertising (very expensive). Finally, we have instituted some common sense business policies designed to decrease the normal dental office costs of running a business. We collect payment for the dental work at the time we do the work. We do not extend credit, nor do we send out bills. The only way a person can come into the office, get their teeth fixed, and NOT pay for it in full that day, is if they have dental insurance that is going to cover the procedures.
We try to be inexpensive, but not cheap
Although we have done a lot to control our overhead costs, there are some things we don't do and won't scrimp on to try to save a little money. For instance, we research and use the best dental materials (fillings, cements, etc.) we can buy, which mostly includes respectable brand names. We don't use cheap stuff. These materials go into a dark, wet, harsh environment (your mouth), take a pounding multiple times every day, and then are "expected" to last forever. So we shop around to get the best price on our supplies, but we don't compromise quality and reputation for price when it comes to materials. Our dentures, partials, and crowns are made by the best dental labs according to our specifications.Those labs not only do our work, but the work of many of the dentists in Idaho. And although we care about the price they charge us, that is secondary to quality. Even if the price is low, if the quality is not good and consistent, we won't use that lab for your dentures and crowns. And we take great care in providing a clean dental environment and sterile dental instruments. We won't compromise your teeth or your health for a few bucks here and there..
Should you come to Basic Dental Care for your dental needs?
Obviously, we will not be for everyone. In fact, we do not try to accommodate everyone. We have a specific goal in providing dental care and we try very hard to meet those objectives. We want to provide basic dental services (ie. fillings, crowns, cleanings, some extractions, some root canals, etc.) to people we care about, at a fee that people can afford. For that reason, we do not do a lot of dental work that is best done by specialists. If we feel it is in your best interest to have a dental specialist do something for you, we will refer to you the right place. If you need something and have a question about whether or not we do it, please call us.
Keep in mind, if you like going to a big, designer office with plush carpets, and expensive furnishings, with multiple color-coordinated dental office people, Basic Dental Care is probably not the place for you. If you must get your teeth laser-whitened while you watch a movie on a big screen on the ceiling, Basic Dental Care is not the place for you. If you are expecting to go to a dental "spa", you will probably be disappointed at Basic Dental Care. If you are apprehensive or scared about going to the dentist and need nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or Valium, we are probably not the dental office for you. If your child is an uncooperative dental patient, this is not the place for him/her. However, if you just want to get your teeth fixed, so that they look good, chew well, and don't hurt, and you do not want to pay an outrageous fee to get them that way, Basic Dental Care probably is the place for you. If you don't mind a modest office setting, and you don't need a bunch of digital dental gizmos to look at and listen to, you will feel good about Basic Dental Care. We will fix your teeth in a completely professional way, according to today's standard of care and we will do it for a fee that will make you smile. We think being able to eat, smile, and enjoy life is essential, and that people ought to do all they can to maintain their teeth until they die. But we do not think people need to spend all of their hard-earned money to do it.
If you have a question, it is easy to call, 208-888-3384. The ladies at the front desk have years and years of dental experience and they are easy to talk to. (Check them out on the "Staff" page.) They will answer your questions so that you can understand and they won't try to pressure you, or convince you, or trick you into doing anything you are not ready to do.
What should you do?
Obviously, we think you should call our office at 208-888-3384 (88-teeth) and make an appointment to come in and see the dentist. But if you are still not convinced, shop around. Call up other dental offices and ask about fees to fix something. (Most offices will try not to quote any fees over the phone.) If you don't have insurance, ask if they have a discounted fee for people who have to pay for it themselves. Ask all the questions you can think of, then call us.