I've been going to the dentist for a partial plate, upper. The cost has never been mentioned. I didn't ask because I knew that however much it was I would be uncomfortable with it, and he didn't volunteer because I never asked.
Today I told the receptionist that I'd better pay for the work so far... the fitting. I asked what I owed.
"Ten, fifty three," she replied.
I was astounded. "How much," I asked her so she would repeat.
"Ten, fifty three."
In disbelief I said, "Ten thousand fifty three?"
She smiled. "No, one thousand fifty-three."
I paid before she changed her mind.