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Dental Procedure Costs: With and Without Insurance

Paying for Dental Insurance may seem like an unneeded added expense, but there are many more reasons to get a dental insurance plan than not to. Not only will you have access to a range of dental services and procedures, but you’ll actually end up saving money on them, too!

Though it’s always good to be prepared for emergency medical expenses, it’s never fun to pay an overwhelming amount of money for them. Without proper dental insurance, dental procedures can, unfortunately, add up quickly, especially if you go in for an emergency and end up having a much larger problem. The difference in dental procedure costs with and without insurance is dramatic. Take a look at the average costs of common dental procedures without insurance:

  • Check-Up Exam- May include x-rays, oral cancer screenings, and/or a dental exam, and more. Though the price varies depending on the dentist and location, they average roughly $90-$300 per exam, with the average price coming in at $288.

  • Cleaning- A professional teeth cleaning procedure to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Occurs every 6 months or twice a year. The price can depend on how thorough your cleaning is, the cost of a cleaning can span from $75-$1000.

  • Filling- Tooth filling prices can vary depending on the material and size of your filling, as well as your dental practice and location. A single, silver amalgam filling ranges from $50-$150/tooth, a single, tooth-colored amalgam filling can be $90-$250/tooth, and single, gold and porcelain fillings can be $250-$4,000/tooth. Generally speaking, most fillings average from $125-$175/tooth.

  • Crown- Crown costs depend on the same factors that affect the pricing of fillings. Pricing typically is: Metal- $500-$1,000/tooth; Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)- $600-$1,800/tooth, and Ceramic- $800-$2,000/tooth.

  • Root Canal- The price of root canals change depending on what tooth is affected and how bad the infection is. On average, a molar root canal ranges from $500-1,000/tooth, and an incisor can be $800-$1,500/tooth.

  • Tooth Extraction- Different tooth extractions can require different things, which, of course, can all affect the cost of your tooth extraction. A simple tooth extraction averages about $125-$175, surgical tooth extractions can be $180-$550, and wisdom teeth extractions can be anywhere from $120-$880.

These costs can be easily avoided by purchasing a dental insurance plan. At an average of $30/month, dental insurance plans typically cover 100% of the cost of annual routine care procedures, 80% of fillings and root canals, and 50% of major procedures, such as bridges and crowns. For just a little each month, you can save a LOT!

Value Dental Care is committed to bringing you quality dental care at an affordable price. With experienced dentists and dental technicians, we will work with you to feel comfortable and informed, as we welcome you into our practice and explain all of your options. We also offer several dental specials for great care at great prices and keep our prices low so you can maintain your dental health. Visit our website to learn more and to find a location near you!




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