Recently I had to do a root canal work on my 2 teeth. I had to do something quickly in a matter of few days.I have found a local clinic which gave me an appointment on Saturday. Doc came to a conclusion that one tooth will need root canal work (RCW) and most likely another one will, too. He asked if I knew what RCW meant and explained that he'd have to open both teeth, clean the damaged tissue, see if the nerves are possible to save. If not- he'd have to kill and remove the nerves, and patch the teeth with a temporary filling. Then I'd have to take a course of antibiotics, and then come back in a week to have a RC filled with a permanent filling. Then, he said, the tooth will need to be capped because otherwise it becomes brittle and may crumble off easily. I did not specifically asked if this was all considered to be one process. Unfortunately for me, I assumed it WAS one process, as without cap it seemed my teeth would not be operational. Then doctor left, and billing lady came in and told me that each root canal would cost $1200, and as my insurance won't cover everything, I will have to pay $1700 out of my pocket, and she asked if I still wanted to proceed. I agreed. Then doctor did the cleaning, and I left till next Saturday. This past Saturday I came back and thought I would leave the place with at least a temporary crowns of some sort. The specialist took care of the root canals, filled them and put in the temporary filling to cover them till the crown is put on. Then I went to the front desk, and before I paid for the visit, I was told that I would have to come back twice, one time - to take impression of my teeth and put a temporary crowns on, and second time - to put permanent crowns on. And because the amount I have to pay is so big - $3320 - the are okey with me paying in 2 increments, $1610 each visit. WHAT? it took me 15 minutes to figure out that the charge of $3320 they were talking about was a NEW charge I had to pay, apart from $1700 I was already due to pay today. I just could not believe it (well, also, being drilled in your had for good 40 minutes does not help). I "knew" that I had the job to be done, and in the end of it, I would have teeth "capped" and functional, and that it would cost me personally $1700 (or $2400 before the insurance). Now I am bound, I HAVE to do something with these 2 teeth that are only covered with a temporary filling, and it will cost me extra $3320. Should I have known it would cost this much, I would perhaps just do the emergency canal cleaning, and would have a temp filling till I'd shop around for something else, perhaps a cheaper clinic or even till I at least would do some financial planning and find money.. with my husband being out of work and me staying at home with our baby, it's not that easy.. I feel like I have been if not directly lied to, than not told the whole picture in hopes I'd proceed with the procedure. Unfortunately, I have never asked for a treatment plan and so I did not see the numbers. Yesterday when I was presented with a treatment plan that showed I'd still have to come up with extra $3320, I aksed why I never heard of this being separate procedures, on which billing lady replied that she "told me last time, but I was probably in so much pain I did not understand her". I was NEVER presented with any number other than $1700. All it is at this point, is my word against theirs. I do feel mistreated and am under great stress now trying to figure out what to do with my 2 half done teeth until the temp filling will crumble off and they will get infected..