How Much Does Emergency Dentistry Cost?
When you are in the midst of dealing with a dental emergency, you are not thinking about the exact cost of treatment, but you are looking to improve the situation to a stable one. After the emergency is controlled, then you may start to worry about the impact on your budget. There is not one simple price guide for treatments; they are affected by where you live, how serious your emergency is and how many teeth are impacted by the emergency.
Typically, dental emergencies include these common treatments: root canals, extractions, filling cavities, and finishing dental crowns.
Root Canals: When there is an infection in the pulp or inside layer of the tooth, the dentist will use root canal therapy to remove the infected and damaged tissue. Without treatment, the infection can spread to your jaw bone, neck, and even your outer face. Without dental insurance, a root canal for a front tooth is $700-$900, for a bicuspid is $800-$950, and for ta molar is $1,000-$1,200. In general, all dental treatments are more expensive on the coasts and in large cities.
Extractions: Most people are familiar with wisdom tooth extractions, but if the infection of the tooth is too severe or the tooth is fractured, the dentist may need to remove the tooth as a last option. For non-surgical, above the gum extraction, the cost is between $75 to $300 and between $200-$600 for an anesthesia aided extraction.
Filling Cavities: If your tooth’s enamel has been damaged and the tooth has started to experience decay, the dentist will use a filling to repair the tooth. The dentist may be able to use a filling to address a small fracture or damaged to the surface of your tooth. The material for the filling varies from metal amalgams, porcelain, and resin composite. An average amalgam filling costs $110 to $200 and a resin-based composite filling costs $135 to $240.
Completing Dental Crowns: In the case of large cavities, broken teeth, discolored teeth, and tooth replacement for dental implants, dental crowns are useful and protective. Crowns can be made from ceramic materials to produce a porcelain crown, metal crowns, or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns require at minimum two dental appointments and cost between $1,200 to $1,500. Metal crowns are less noticeable in the back rear of the mouth and are more durable than porcelain. These cost between $1,200 and $1,400. Porcelain fused to metal crowns or ceramic on top of metal are $1,000 to $1,150.
Just like you keep a first aid kit to help you stay prepared for an emergency, knowing the average cost for typical emergency dental treatments will help you be prepared. If you or your family member experiences a dental emergency, you will have bills to address after the treatments. And when you have the ability to plan for one of these treatments, like a wisdom tooth extraction, you will be prepared for the impact on your budget.
Before any emergency happens, you may want to call the dentist office to inquire about the pricing. It may even be helpful to reach out to your dental insurance company to understand their coverage of these treatments. If you are trying to prevent dental emergencies and keep your mouth as healthy as possible, be sure to keep your twice-yearly dental appointments. At home, between those appointments, take the time to brush, floss and rinse.