My experience was just fine. Dr. Antonis is a good dentist and did a nice job working on my cavity.
One item of concern is the lack of transparency during my procedure. I was quoted at a certain price for the filling I was to receive and upon completion of my procedure I was asked if he told me about "the extra medication that needed to be used"––I was never made aware of this and subsequently incurred an additional charge, raising the original amount that I was quoted quite a bit. This added fee came as quite a surprise to me and leaves me feeling rather suspect, considering I was NEVER made aware of this during my procedure.
Moving forward, I believe the practice should make a point to alert it's patients of additional charges that may occur during their procedures––no one likes surprises.
We strive to give our patients the most accurate estimate we can prior to treatment. Unfortunately dentistry is not an exact science and many factors can affect the pricing. A filling is charged per surface of the tooth involved, when we remove the decay it may have spread in to an additional surface which would cause the price to increase. Another example would be, the decay extending very close to the nerve. This would require an additional medication being placed under the filling, to protect the nerve of the tooth. Unfortunately in both of these cases there is no way of knowing this prior to the treatment and they are both things that would need to be done in order to properly restore the tooth.