|How Much Does Dental Care Cost
Dental care ranges from routine checkups to complex surgical procedures. Here are the average costs for most common dental care procedures.
Dental implants tend to be the most expensive dental treatment. The cost of getting dental implants can vary for different patients, but a single dental implant will typically cost between $1,500 and $2,000. This cost includes the price of the implant itself. Add in the cost of 3D imaging, tooth extraction, placement of the implant and abutment, fabrication of the crown, and its final placement, and you can expect to pay around $3,000 to $4,500 per tooth.
Dental implants are also used for multiple teeth replacement. In this case, if you need full mouth implants, the whole procedure from start to finish can cost approximately $60,000 to $90,000.
Dental bridges are a cheaper alternative to dental implants for the replacement of one or more teeth. The most common form of a dental bridge is a fixed bridge. In this method, the artificial teeth, also known as pontics, are supported in the middle of two dental crowns. A dental bridge can typically cost $500 to $1,500 for a traditional fixed bridge. For a bonded bridge, you can expect to pay $2,300 on average.
There is another option that people usually prefer for teeth replacement - an implant-supported bridge. Implant-supported bridges can start from $5,000 and go up to $50,000 for a complete set of replacement teeth.
Dental crowns are made up of the following materials:
Porcelain crowns are most commonly used because they are durable and look natural. The basic cost of dental crowns can range between $500 and $3,000. This cost does not include the examination fees, 3D imaging tests, and other procedures costs. The cost of getting dental crowns depend on many factors, such as the expertise of the dentist, the type of work and preparation needed for the procedure, dental insurance, and crown material.
For ceramic or porcelain crowns, you are looking at an average cost of $1,300.
Dental exams can be costly when you do not have dental insurance. Here are the dental care costs that are independent of dental insurance relief.
Our dentists Dr. Packman and recommend getting a dental examination every six months. If you have fewer dental issues, you can limit the dental examination frequency to once per year, and if you have serious dental problems, you should visit a dentist every three to four months.
The cost of a regular dental examination is usually $100 to $175. During this dental exam, you will undergo different procedures like x-rays or dental cleanings, which may or may not cost you extra money. A professional dental cleaning can cost between $75 and $200.
Dentures can be full or partial to replace all or a few missing teeth, respectively. The framework of dentures is made from porcelain, acrylic resin, or metal, and prosthetic teeth are crafted from porcelain or acrylic resin.
The cost of dentures can range from $2,000 for partial dentures, to $55,000 for full dentures or All-on-4 implant-supported dentures.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells of a tooth-colored material that covers the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years if you take good care of them.
The final cost of veneers depends on the material used, the dentist's expertise, and the type of veneer. The average cost lies between $900 and $2,500. If you are getting porcelain veneers, expect to pay around $1,200 for an individual veneer.
The cost of a teeth whitening procedure varies according to the products used and the type of treatment. Professional, or in-office teeth whitening, is considered the most expensive, and the price can range from $500 to $1,300 per visit. Alternatively, you can also ask for an in-home whitening kit, which can cost between $350 and $600.
What Does Dental Insurance Cover?
Dental insurance can reduce the cost of these common dental care procedures. However, it depends on the type of policy and dental work you require.
Typically, dental insurance does not cover all costs of dental care procedures. Some procedures are not covered by the insurance. Following are the reimbursement levels according to the type of dental care you need.
Preventative dental care, which includes regular dental examinations, dental cleanings, and associated x-rays, are typically covered by a dental insurance policy. Other such procedures may include cavity fillings, dental crowns, tooth extractions, and necessary root canals.
Major dental procedures such as dental implants, dentures, and bridges are only 50% covered by dental insurance. However, policies may vary and offer more generous coverage in many cases.
Dental insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures; for example, dental veneers, teeth whitening, inlays, and onlays. We recommend talking to your dentist before undergoing any dental care procedure to know what expenses you'll be expected to pay out of pocket.
It is essential to take advantage of preventative care that is usually 100% covered by dental insurance. Get your dental examinations and cleanings done every six months so that any small dental problem cannot grow into a larger issue, requiring higher costs for its treatment procedure.
Our dentists at Jon C. Packman DDS can offer you insights about financing your dental care and how to benefit from dental care services within your budget. Call us at (704) 978-7060 to schedule your appointment.