I have snap-on dentures with four dental implant posts. Periodically, I need to replace the male retention caps. My dentist has been charging me $25 per cap; not the set, just one. I just can’t afford that any longer. I’ve looked online and they are pretty consistently $20 for a set of four. When I try to order them, though. I have to prove I am a dentist. Is there any way to get these without being a dentist?
That is quite a markup! My guess is your dentist is trying to use that to cover some of his overhead. However, that isn’t a major item and not likely to do much for him in the long run. The first thing I would do is simply talk to the dental assistant and tell her the price is too much for you and ask if they’d be willing to sell them to you cheaper. It’s usually not the dentist who does the ordering anyway.
If they say no, then I would simply call around to other dental offices explaining your situation and asking if they’d be willing to order them for you. You are likely to find that many people in the dental field are nice and really want to help people. I think you’ll find someone willing to help you.
On the off chance you don’t, there is another option. I’ve noticed on eBay you can get the same thing from overseas sellers. They do not require you to be a dentist to purchase. The one hiccup is you will need to know exactly what you need. These caps come in different strengths of resistance and you’ll need to know what your dentist provides for you.
Hope this helps.
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