Over two months ago I went for a routine cleaning. That lead to a series of fillings, some gratuitous and some justified. One back tooth had decay under a filling, which lead to first a filling and then the need for a crown. The initial filling traumatized the root. A root canal was completed . . . and the crown placed. Total cost about $3,000.
Dentists are clearly better than tax collectors, but they always seem to involve both pain and cost.
I'd rather have my teeth go as long as possible, don't get me wrong, but it is what it is.