To the Editor:

I am writing this letter about bill No. 133.7, which our lawmakers passed recently and that goes into effect Oct. 31, 2008, I did not know anything about this until last week when I went to a dental clinic in Seminole. I went to have a partial plate made. It was very reasonably priced, looks good and fits well. I was losing a front tooth and was told at OU Dental School, where I have been going for the last six years for my dental work, that the cost would be $450 to $550 for the partial and that a dental implant would be $3,000.


To the Editor:
I am writing this letter about bill No. 133.7, which our lawmakers passed recently and that goes into effect Oct. 31, 2008, I did not know anything about this until last week when I went to a dental clinic in Seminole. I went to have a partial plate made. It was very reasonably priced, looks good and fits well. I was losing a front tooth and was told at OU Dental School, where I have been going for the last six years for my dental work, that the cost would be $450 to $550 for the partial and that a dental implant would be $3,000.
I got it made for less than $200 at the dental clinic. I am insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Advanced Dental Insurance and was told there would be no coverage, since this would be cosmetic. Being on Social Security, I knew I had no other choice except to seek other alternatives.
My husband recently had a full set of dentures made at the clinic for $750. They fit good and look nice. The cost would have been more than $3,000 at a dentist office. People, we need to wake up and know what bills are being passed in our Legislature.
This bill will close denture offices in Oklahoma. This office has been in business for 40 years. They have made untold numbers of teeth for people who could not afford to have teeth if they had to go to the dentist offices. He said he makes many sets of teeth each month for people in rest homes; many are brought in wheelchairs, and with very small incomes, they will have to go without teeth if this bill is not repealed.
I called Rep. Shane Jett, Rep. Kris Steele and Sen. Charlie Laster on Monday asking to talk to them about this bill, and so far, several days later, there have been no returned calls. I wonder if they care about the middle class, retired and poor people in their district.
Dr. Harold D. Cook and Juanita L. Cook
Shawnee