Tooth extraction cost, range

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    Tooth extraction cost, range

    Greetings, AV,

    We've been quoted $1300 - $1500 for a front tooth extraction (very front, small tooth, not a canine) that includes a full set of dental x-rays ($180) and hour cleaning ($160).  Does this sound reasonable to you?  I have a full breakdown of the price if you need more info.

    Thanks in advance for helping us figure out if we're the ones getting cleaned.

    ~kar

    P.S. Also, if anyone has had to do this for their dog, I'd appreciate knowing how much you paid if that's not too personal.
     
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    Thanks - that's about what I was expecting (my guess was $500), and I about threw up when I got the bottom line.
     
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    Thanks, again.  I just made an appointment somewhere else for a free second opinion.  They won't even give a ballpark figure over the phone.  I'm not very happy with our vet right now for sending us somewhere that charged $130 for an evaluation that's free somewhere else, and I feel pretty stupid for not investigating it before I brought her where we were directed to go.

    ETA:  I kind of wonder, though, if it's a matter of the doctor we saw charging far too much or if you get superior care there.  Do you get what you pay for in these things or are they all equally good?  How do you find out?
     
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    Hm...our regular vet doesn't do teeth.  I'm not familiar with the people I'm seeing Thursday.  Very nerve wracking.
     
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    Just a thought, Kargiver, I'm wondering if the size/weight and so amount/type of anesthesia used for the dog enters into it.  Gracie's a hefty beauty, and it would seem that might be part of the extra amount.

    Just for comparison I pulled out the estimate given me 2 years ago for Cheerio (a cat weighing 12 lbs - 9 years old then) to have her teeth cleaned.  It has a whole host of items including anesthesia, pain management, hospitalization, x-ray, CBC and chemistry/profile, intravenous fluids - on and on and on - and the total was $556.09.  I never had it done.

    So, looking at that, your figure for an extraction doesn't seem too far out of the ballpark.  I do think you're wise to get a second opinion.  It's still a lot of money.  Might ask if they have done an extraction on this size dog before.
     
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    Thanks, tt.  That's a good point; a lot of the cost is anesthesia according to the estimate breakdown.  

    dog-lady, I'd be willing to drive to Boston if I could find out how much they'd charge for a 77 lb "hefty beauty" over the phone.  I'll give them a call and see if they'll give me an idea.  Thanks.

    ETA:  I left a message at AV's...the main receptionist transferred me to the financial office, but they weren't there.
     
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    Probably like a lot of offices, close at 4 p.m.

    MSPCA is a good suggestion.  You know they have the best and most up to date medical care there.  They probably would not quote a price tho without x-raying the tooth and knowing just what is going on.
     
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    The specialist didn't x-ray her (what DID they do for $130?  Looked at her tooth and listened to her heart!) so I'm hoping they can give me a range of costs over the phone just knowing which tooth is broken.  Even if they can't narrow it down beyond saying something like, "between $300 and $1000 depending on xyz," that would be helpful.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    Never had it done for a dog, but when my older cat had her teeth done two years ago, the total, including meds, cleaning, 4 teeth extracted, was less than $400 (I want to say it was like $330, but can't swear to it). On the other hand that was nowhere near to you as I've been out of state for a few years. I can believe that the larger the dog the more it costs, between meds required and people required to handle an unconsious dog of larger size. As for why your vet recommended the specialist (and yes, specialists always cost more dang it) could be any number of reasons, maybe someone else went there and told your vet it was a good experience, or your vet knows them and feels they do a good job, or your vet likes their credentials, or (on the down side of things) your vet could get a kick back for sending patients there. The last isn't nessecerly bad, but neither is it good. Personally I'd be peeved too, with that signifigant of a charge for a look-see and they didn't even do xrays to see how complicated it would be (though, did your regular vet do xrays and send them over?). If it doesn't require treatment RIGHT NOW then the second opinion is never a bad thing, especially if its free. In my experience (at least for my cats) the vets usually have a basic estimate they can give for cleanings that includes lists of things that may not be required including extractions, but I can understand not wanting to give it out without seeing Gracie first.
     
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    Thanks, everyone, for the continued support on this.

    I've got a free second opinion scheduled for Thursday at a vet's office that does dental work about 35 minutes from here.  And, maybe AV's could give us a price range if not a tailored estimate.

    Maybe they'll answer it right here?  I can't remember what day they answer questions.  

    OK, here's the best I could do to photograph it - maybe this will help AVs make a guess?
     
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    Hi Kar,

    Angell is great for excellent, yet still low-cost, care.  We had Jax's neuter done there for about $150 where it would have cost over $350 at our vet, and they took great care of him.

    What about Tufts?  Are they closer to you?  I imagine they'd have lower prices for what sounds like a routine procedure.
     
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    dog-lady, yeah, it's a terrible picture, but you're seeing it right, the missing part looks black.  Your dog's just fell out?  I wonder if we could wait and see.  The doc said the pulp is affected so Gracie is probably experiencing a constant dull ache, but she doesn't seem too bothered to me, although, it clearly hurt for a couple of days right when she did it.

    Nov, I looked into Tufts and didn't see that they did dental work.  Maybe I missed it - it seems odd they wouldn't.  They are closer than Boston to us.
     
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    No, it's not loose at all.  My DH said something about pliers when I brought home that estimate!
     
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    We know he's just kidding - but seriously, what if you should have trouble with excess bleeding - I know you'll have a vet take care of it.

    Makes me think of conversation I had with GD who is expecting first child next month.  She is having a midwife deliver.  I asked her if it would be a home setting or in a hospital.  She quickly answered - oh, in a hospital.  I want the baby to have as calm and serene an entry into the world as possible, but I want those monitors there too - just in case.
     
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    Don't worry, he WAS kidding, lol.
     
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    I knew that.
     
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    I just wanted it out there just in case there was any doubt at all.  Poor DH couldn't even look at her leg when I was taking care of the infection let alone take pliers to her mouth!
     
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    how did she chip it?  i would think tufts does teeth - i think they do everything since they are a teaching hospital -- i think the price they quoted is outrageous
     
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    lukes, I'm pretty sure she did it by grabbing a stick that was sitting on the patio bricks.  I saw her start licking her nose right after she did that, but I was unaware at the time of what she had done and why she was licking her nose.  I didn't think to look inside her mouth right away.  

    I'll look again at Tufts - you're right, it totally doesn't make sense that they don't do dentistry.  The thing with Tufts, though, is that their services do revolve around the school schedule.  For example, we couldn't get her spayed there because they weren't doing spaying lessons at the time Gracie was 5 or 6 months old, the age we wanted to do it.  If they are doing extractions right now, we'll be in luck.  I'm sure they must do it and I just missed it.  I'll give them a call.
     

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