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Average Cost for Dental Procedures

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If you need to have dental work done, one of the foremost questions on your mind will usually be how much it’s going to cost. While fees can vary widely depending on factors like where you live and the complexity of your particular treatment, there’s an average range that can give you some idea of what to expect.

Paying with Insurance

If you have dental insurance coverage, some or all of the cost may be subsidized by your insurer. In addition, if the dentist is a participating provider with your insurance carrier, your dentist may charge a lower fee than he would charge for someone who is not part of the insurance network, since the insurer may set a limit on the fees he can charge. Your cost will generally be limited to a copay.

Paying Cash

The question of how much dental insurance procedures cost is usually more important for those paying cash. If you are paying cash for dental procedures, you should shop around to find out what the lowest cost for dental procedures will be, and you can consider asking whether the dentist will give you a discount for paying up front or whether he can match the prices he charges the insurance company if you pay cash for the service.

Average Cost for Specific Dental Procedures

As mentioned above, the cost for dental procedures can vary depending on where you live and the type of procedure you are having done. Generally, however, the average cost of some common dental procedures is as follows:

  • Fillings, the appropriate treatment for cavities, can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 per area filled. One tooth may require multiple areas to be filled, so expect to pay for each one.
  • Teeth bleaching is usually around $300. This is designed to make your teeth whiter and is considered cosmetic, so most insurance companies will not pay for this procedure.
  • A crown, or a cap that goes over the top of your teeth and essentially becomes the new surface of the tooth, can cost between $700 and $1200. Crowns can be ceramic, metal mixtures, or solid gold. The price varies widely depending on which material you use, with a metal mixture normally being the cheapest.
  • A dental bridge, which is a set of caps that fit over several teeth, is normally around $2000 to $3000, again depending on the material used.
  • Simple tooth extractions to remove wisdom teeth or loose/broken teeth that are visible above the gum line are around $100- $200 per tooth.
  • Surgical tooth extractions, to remove teeth that are not visible above the gum line (like impacted wisdom teeth), are around $200-$400 per tooth.

It’s always a good idea to ask for the exact cost of your dental procedure upfront, even if you have insurance. This helps avoid any unpleasant surprises and allows you to plan accordingly.

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