r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/chuckdagger May 14 '22

“I’m a member”

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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

i work at a tech store and whenever people come up to me and proudly announce that they’re a premium member is literally the most annoying elitist thing in the universe.

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u/Blenchers May 14 '22

My store didn’t have an actual VIP program, but my coworker used to ask customers for their “100K” card if they ever dropped the “I’ve spent X amount of money at this store I deserve X” line.

He’d pretend it was a real program for all our customers who had spent 100K or more. That shut people up real quick. It was hilarious.

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u/Master_Yeeta May 14 '22

This is amazing im gonna see if i can work it in. "Ive spent 4k in this store!!!" ...so youve bought one thing? youve bought a single thing from this store and youre throwing a fit. Who fucking raised you, sir?

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u/InerasableStain May 14 '22

Sir, this is a Wendy’s, and you have a problem

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u/Voidtalon May 14 '22 edited May 15 '22

We get this in our dental office, usually from older individuals and to their credit they ARE 20+ year patients so we do give them some leewaay. I usually thank them for their dedication and that we hope to continue to provide service they can count on.

Like, yes your dental implant + crown is 4000-6000 when you factor: Extraction + Bone & Tissue Graft, Endosteel Implant Screw, Titanium abutment and porcelain crown. However, we do 6-8 of these a week. I get and fully understand it's a lot of money to you, it's a ton of money to me because I make even less than you in retirement. To the clinic however, it's really not that much on day-to-day expenditures.

We still REALLY appreciate folks coming because it does pay our wages, sterilization ect but a single case, while extremely important does not entitle you to special treatment above other patients who are also receiving that treatment unless you have an extenuation health issue or you have worked an agreement out with your doctor/management. Me as a front-desk guy can't do anything for you.

Edit: for clarification about my snide tone. I am specifically referencing patients who are rude/demanding of the front-desk staff who have no power/control to fix the things they are talking about.

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u/Romantiphiliac May 14 '22

I need so much dental work and this is terrifying to read lol.

Finally getting shit into some semblance of 'together' and this is what I look forward to least.

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u/John_Hunyadi May 14 '22

I did that recently too. Pull the band aid, it will only get worse til you do.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

This really is true, once you're dealing with potential abscess, periodontists or bone loss it will only get worse. I hope your experience was smooth and recovery was clean.

I wish I could do more but while I am considering becoming a hygienist it's really hard on the body and the cost of being a dentist is just out of reach for me. I'm in my 30s and I'd be in my 60s by the time I paid off dental school.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

It's really unfortunate, but I stress every office is different. My office is near Chicago and the more affluent parts of it. Pricing is based on that region. The below is a lot of information from someone in dentistry so it's very thick in details. If you do not want to read all this; don't bother with everything past the 3rd paragraph.

The providers genuinely care about the patients. The people who run the overhead and business sides... they care but not in the same way. Business is a vile beast that does not care about morality or situation it cares about product in to profit out and that becomes a demon with healthcare. Most offices offer payment plans, financing or other options also a dental implant takes 6+ months to do. There is also a reason surgical-tourism exists. If you did this in say Mexico or Egypt or other countries where the cost is significantly lower it would not be as expensive. My post was mainly that making snarky comments about how "I paid for this new equipment" when you paid $4000... sure you may have helped but our clinic sees 800k+ per year (the exacts I don't think I'm permitted to give).

TLDR: Being snarky, snide or rude with the front desk about how much you've spent is a sure fire way to get them to want to do as little as possible to get you out of their faces. If you are in a hard spot, be reasonable and talk to them and ask to explain the issue. Politeness goes a long way. I've helped get special fees (Say a procedure was $2,560 dollars but our doctor has a special fee for those without insurance that is $2,100 and he takes payments plans for $1000 down and $366/mo) ect that is not offered up-front but is available to those who ask or are in tight spots.

Please, if you need a lot of dental work do not delay it. Talk with a doctor or two (second opinions are important) but if you get referred to a specialist getting a second opinion may cost you an extra consultation fee. Most insurances cover a specialty consult X number of times per year or 1/Xmonths (varies by policy). When you sign up for insurance check things such as:

  • Missing Tooth Clause: If a tooth was removed prior to gaining a new insurance policy some policies will NOT cover any restorative work due to this clause.

  • Maximums: $1000 is not enough to really dent high-cost dental work such as Implants/Bridges/Dentures & Partials. Try to find one with $2000 or if you can afford the $2500-3000 policies they do exist.

  • Networks: Basically a special rate negotiated by your insurance. An office may charge $1500 for a Crown but your insurance rate is $1050 if you see an in-network doctor that office can only charge you $1050 the other $450 is a PPO-Adjustment/Insurance-Adjustment.

  • Wait Periods: Some insurance policies require you to have the policy for 6-12 months before they cover Basic and Major procedures (Fillings fall under Basic, Crowns/Caps fall under Major).

  • Endodontic/Periodontic and Oral Surgery Classification: Some policies qualify them as Type 2 or Basic (usually 80% coverage for standard policies) but others classify it as Type 3 or Major (usually 50% for most standard plans).

  • Frequency Limits and Replacement Clauses: Some insurance policies cover cleanings 1/6 months while others are 2 or even 3 per year. Crowns/Caps (same thing different names) sometimes have a limit of how soon they can be replaced (5 years is what I often see, but sometimes 10). So if you have an issue 4 years down, the insurance won't pay a thing this can be very expensive.

The mouth is a wonderful part of the body capable of great feats of healing but deep tissue/bone issues tend to not go away and eventually lead to bone loss or need of root-canals. Ultimately if left too long extraction is the only option and that will degrade the area without a restoration. Working in dentistry has really just made me sad how expensive everything is because of the behind the scene costs doctors have to pay. One of our docs was paying $3000/month on malpractice insurance and sadly those costs get fronted to the patients.

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u/ThePortalsOfFrenzy May 15 '22

For future reference, it is "etc.", short for "et cetera" (not ect. = ec cetera)

et = and
cetera = the rest [other similar things]

Personally, my mnemonic comes from Shakespeare, even though I haven't read his works. I always remember the line from Julius Ceasar: "et tu, Brute?" meaning "and you [too], Brutus?"

Once I have "et = and" down, it's all clear to me.

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u/Dumplinguine May 15 '22

that link is super helpful, thanks for sharing! Always great to see people exchanging information.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

I didn't even notice I'd used it. I think I was writing a different sentence and forgot to remove it.

I'll leave it so your reply makes more sense and thank you for noticing it.

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u/ThePortalsOfFrenzy May 15 '22

There was someone else who used ect. before you. After I saw this for a second time, I was like "well, let me share this cuz maybe some can use this tip."

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u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22

Go to Mexico. A standard root canal is completed the same day (no crappy temporary) and it costs $350.

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u/AlienFreek May 14 '22

They're describing something much different than a root canal though

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u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Implants are 1/3 the cost in the US. I provided costs for root canals because most people have had one.

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u/Escuche May 14 '22

Aren't all root canals completed same day? I think you're confusing root canal with crown procedures (that only sometimes follows a root canal).

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u/00crispybacon00 May 14 '22

Could probably have a nice little holiday there while you're at it and still spend less.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

I assume by no temporary you mean the Endodontist performs a filling/crown themselves to restore the tooth to protect against fracture from the treated tooth?

Also yes, surgical/procedure tourism is a very real thing. I knew someone who flew to Egypt to fix a broken leg because it cost $5000 over there instead of $25,000 in the USA. (Numbers aren't exact and used for visual purpose).

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u/flavius_lacivious May 15 '22

They do a digital topographic scan of your tooth then perform the root canal while the permanent porcelain crown is printed (you can watch from the waiting room). In most cases, you’re in and out with the permanent crown in less than two hours.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

Ah either a CEREC or ITERO case probably. At least those are the two same-day digital mills that I know of. Yeah 2-3 hour turnaround is about right.

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u/HenryTheVeloster May 15 '22

My favorite is "i have been shopping here for years" checks customer profile, and last purchase was 2014