September 21, 2012 8:43 AM Subscribe
Dentalfilter: I have several old amalgam fillings with decay under them that I need to replace. Should I get dental insurance? What kind? Also, UK or US?
posted by carolinaherrera to health & fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a few very old amalgam fillings with decay under them that I should get fixed in the next few months. I'm not in pain, yet, but one caused a toothache, and I had to get it replaced on an emergency basis, which led to the discovery of the other ones. Getting all of them replaced at full price would probably cost several thousand dollars.
I would like to save on costs and can wait a few months to have them done if necessary.
I don't have dental insurance in the US, but I do have medical insurance. I also have access to the NHS in the UK. I could go to a teaching clinic at the local dental school if that makes sense.
- Should I buy dental insurance in the US, wait out the waiting period, and then get them fixed? Is there a particular company you would recommend? I've heard that dental insurance can be a rip-off.
- Can I get these fixed in the UK through the NHS? I'm trying to figure out how that system works.
Thanks so much, Mefites!