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The Health Card DOES Pay For Some Dental Work
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jim_we



Joined: 06 May 2004
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:25 pm    Post subject: The Health Card DOES Pay For Some Dental Work Reply with quote

I went to the dentist today for some work and asked about the health insurance card. He said it will pay for material such as amalgum, his labor and pain killer.

I need a crown put in and it won't pay for a post or the material for the crown, but it will pay for another cavity which is a simple cavity. So, the health card will pay for some things but not all. Contgrary to what I've always been told by other teachers.
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Hollywoodaction



Joined: 02 Jul 2004

PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've posted something about that before. There is no need to delay dental work while living in Korea since it is covered by the health insurance and there are lots of good dentists.
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fusionbarnone



Joined: 31 May 2004

PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, I used the health card to pay for 6 cavities(cheap oj) when I heard I could choose an alternative other than gold.
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discostar23



Joined: 22 Feb 2004
Location: getting the hell out of dodge

PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My girlfriend just had two bridges and two crowns put in for the lovely cost of 1.7 million won....but it would be three times as much in canada.
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jazblanc77



Joined: 22 Feb 2004

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cavities with the old lead/silver caps are free. Gold and ceramic are not covered and can vary in price. I paid 60,000 won two years ago for a cermaic cap.
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Gollum



Joined: 04 Sep 2003
Location: Japan

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was told by my dentist that the amalgum fillings are not healthy, and that most dentists don't put them in any more.

My mom agreed.

Was he lying?
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merryprankster



Joined: 05 Nov 2003

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was under the same persuasian, but I was home recently and my family doc told me that amalgamum (sp) posed no threat.

Flip a coin- I had the clear ones and he said that they'd only last for 10 years.
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mishlert



Joined: 13 Mar 2003
Location: On the 3rd rock from the sun

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just go to WebMD and find out for sure.

In case some of you are busy:
Are Amalgam-Type Fillings Safe?

Over the past several years, concerns have been raised about silver-colored fillings, otherwise called amalgams. Because amalgams contain the toxic substance mercury, some people think that amalgams are responsible for causing a number of diseases, including autism, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The American Dental Association (ADA), the FDA, and numerous public health agencies say amalgams are safe, and that any link between mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded. The causes of autism, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis remain unknown. Additionally, there is no solid, scientific evidence to back up the claim that if a person has amalgam fillings removed, he or she will be cured of these or any other diseases.

As recently as March of 2002, the FDA reconfirmed the safety of amalgams. Although amalgams do contain mercury, when they are mixed with other metals, such as silver, copper, tin, and zinc, they form a stable alloy that dentists have used for more than 100 years to fill and preserve hundreds of millions of decayed teeth. The National Institutes of Health has several large-scale studies currently under way to ultimately answer many of the questions raised about silver-colored amalgams. Results of these studies are expected to be released in 2006.

In addition, there has been concern over the release of a small amount of mercury vapor from these fillings, but according to the ADA, there is no scientific evidence that this small amount results in adverse health effects.
(Source)
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Gollum



Joined: 04 Sep 2003
Location: Japan

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, mish.. you just saved me about 800,000 won. (replacing 5 more fillings).
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paperbag princess



Joined: 07 Mar 2004
Location: veggie hell

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can anyone recommend a good dentist who speaks english? i need to have a cleaning and two teeth fixed.
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taejonguy



Joined: 14 Jan 2003
Location: Daejeon, Korea

PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:54 am    Post subject: Dentist in Taejon (or Daejeon if you inssist!) Reply with quote

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can anyone recommend a good dentist who speaks english


Yes my wife has a friend and I can easily get her number if you wish...Her husband also speaks English well and they share a clinic in Dunsan.
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paperbag princess



Joined: 07 Mar 2004
Location: veggie hell

PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where is dunsan?
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mishlert



Joined: 13 Mar 2003
Location: On the 3rd rock from the sun

PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dentist I use is at A+ in Apgujong. He, and the others are fluent in English and did their post studies in the States.
Phone: 02 3442 7575
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parkhelens



Joined: 04 May 2007

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: reasonably priced dentist? Reply with quote

I read through some of the posts on dentists here and they seem a few years old...I went to a dentist--Ye dental clinic at gwanghwamun and here is what they want to charge me:

1. Upper right side (#16, 17) : replace old Amalgam, cracked tooth and 2nd cavity treatment

->onlay~crown : KRW 480,000~ KRW 800,000 per tooth

2. Lower right side (#47) : replace old filling, cracked tooth and 2nd cavity treatment

->onlay~crown : KRW 480,000~ KRW 800,000 per tooth

3. Upper left side (#26, 27) : replace old Amalgam and 2nd cavity treatment

->inlay~crown : KRW 450,000~ KRW 800,000 per tooth

4. Lower left side (#36, 37) : replace old Amalgam and 2nd cavity treatment

->inlay~crown : KRW 450,000~ KRW 800,000 per tooth

5. Upper left front (#22) : cavity treatment

->Filling~build up : KRW 350,000~ KRW 450,000 per tooth


Total: KRW 3,590,000~ KRW 6,050,000

* Prosthesis will be depends on size of cavity. (Depends on cavity case)
* Reinforcement material fee exclude. (Post, pin and Fuji base)

(KRW 200,000/post)(KRW 100,000/pin)(Fuji base KRW 60,000)

* If there have any deep cavity then you might need root canal treatment.
* Root canal treatment fee exclude.

(Base rate KRW 200,000 added KRW 100,000/canal)



IS THIS REASONABLE? What's really strange to me is how I had no cavities before coming here (1 year ago)...
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Atavistic



Joined: 22 May 2006
Location: How totally stupid that Korean doesn't show in this area.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My last filling was less than 8,000 won. So I'd say you were being overcharged.
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