I wear completely removable upper dentures that can snap on. I am on an extremely tight budget and it is starting to get hard to pay for my male retention caps. My dentist charges $30 for one individual cap. I see online that I can get a set of four for $25, which would save me a significant amount of money. However, you have to be a dentist to order them. Do you know of any place you can purchase these without being a licensed dentist?
I have a couple of ideas that may help you. First, I would just talk to your dentist and explain the hardship. While I understand that there is a need to mark some things up in order to cover overhead expenses, this is such a small profit margin that I don’t think he will care about selling them to you at cost or at least much closer to it. If he or she does, you still have a couple of options.
First, you can call around to other dental offices explaining your situation. In most cases, dentists and their employees chose their profession because they want to help people. You would not have to speak to the dentist directly. It is generally an employee who orders all the supplies for the dentist anyway. You may be able to work out a deal with them.
If both of those things fail, I see that you can purchase retention caps for dental implant supported dentures on Ebay from overseas dealers for about $20 a set. They do not require verification that you are a dentist. The only downside to this is you need to know exactly what you want including strength and resistance, as well as how to place them on your denture.
I hope this helps.
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