|How Much Does Dental Care Cost?
Regular dental care is the best way to keep up with your oral health and prevent problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and others. The exact price of dental care can vary depending on the exact procedure.
For example, dental cleaning costs will cost anywhere from $75 to $300, with an average cost of about $200. Dental filling costs, on the other hand, will range from $50 up to $5,000 for a single tooth, depending on the material used.
Restorative costs, such as dental bridges, start at $600 per tooth, and dentures can go all the way up to $3,000 per plate (upper or lower).
Let's take a more detailed look at the most common procedures involved in dental care.
Dental Fillings: Starting at $75
Dental cavities are more common than you think, and about 90% of adults 20 years and older have had at least one cavity in their life. Because they are so commonplace, dentists have more experience in dealing with them. The go-to solution for dental cavities is fillings.
Our dentist will remove the infected part of the tooth to make way for an amalgam filling in the hole that was left behind by the cavity. This will restore both the functionality of your teeth and their appearance.
Fillings can also be used to take care of chips or cracks in teeth. In general, you may be expected to pay anywhere from $75 to $600 depending on the extent of the damage and the location of the filling in the mouth.
Root Canals: Starting at $600
A root canal is a very common dental procedure that is used to deal with an infected or severely damaged tooth. The procedure clears out pockets of bacteria hiding inside the tooth within the spaces of the root known as canals. This will prevent a future infection that could lead to more severe tooth damage.
The procedure is performed when the dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans, and shapes the root canal before filing and sealing the space. As you can tell, it is a fairly complex procedure that requires the dentist to be extremely careful.
The price of a root canal costs anywhere from $600 to $2,000, depending on the extent of the infection and the tooth's location.
Dental Crowns: Starting at $500
Our specialists, Dr. Flores and , may recommend dental crowns for a number of reasons, mostly to replace the enamel when it fails to perform its function. The dental crown itself is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to repair broken, worn down, or weak teeth.
Another popular use of dental crowns is to cover dental implants. They are usually made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and resin. Crowns can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years with proper care.
The cost of a dental crown depends on the material used. Metal crowns usually start at $500 to $2,000 per tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal costs about $1,000 to $1,500 per tooth. Ceramic, which is the more popular option due to how well it mimics the natural color of teeth, is about $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth.
Tooth Extraction: Starting at $75
The three most common types of tooth extractions are:
How much you end up paying for tooth extraction depends on the size of the tooth, its location, and the overall difficulty of removal. Simple tooth extraction is usually the most affordable option because the removal technique can be completed without having to go below the gum line. Make sure to follow post-op instructions carefully to ensure that the site heals properly.
Dentures: Starting at $1,000
Dentures are a popular option for replacing missing teeth and restoring proper oral functionality, including the ability to chew foods properly. The most affordable custom denture set will start at about $1,000, but the price quickly goes into the five-figure range if you opt for expensive materials such as gold or diamond.
Teeth Cleaning: Starting at $70
The cost of routine teeth cleaning ranges in the $70 to $200 range, with an average cost of about $150. Most procedures start with a process known as scaling, where an ultrasonic scaler is used for the removal of debris, plaque buildup, and calculus from the gum line. This is then followed up by polishing the teeth with the help of a special polishing paste that is carefully applied to each tooth.
Finally, the dentist will apply dental floss to clear out any remaining debris. The entire procedure shouldn't last more than 30 minutes and is generally pain-free. If you do feel a little pain, let our dentists know.
Note that during a teeth cleaning procedure, our specialists may require you to undergo x-rays and other examinations. This is done to ensure that you are not at risk of any oral health issues. These examinations usually cost anywhere from $50 to as much as $750, depending on your specific case and the type of x-ray exam you need.
Teeth Whitening: Starting at $300
Teeth whitening prices depend on your specific needs, but you can be expected to pay anywhere from $300 to $500. Although the whitening procedure itself isn't crucial to oral health, it can play a part in boosting your confidence. Some people opt to perform the teeth whitening procedure at home using a dental kit, but results vary.
For optimal results, schedule an appointment with our specialists, Dr. Flores and . At Ortega Dental, we offer all the dental procedures you want with options that match every budget. Our goal is to always put your needs and your smile first. Call 904-752-9522 to book an appointment with our experienced dentists and discuss your options.