How Much Does It Cost to Go to The Dentist?

How Much Does It Cost to Go to The Dentist?

Many people find the task of going to the dentist in Newport Beach, California to be taunting, not only on their nerves but on their wallets too. While certain dental treatment costs can be quite a bit, there are others that are highly affordable.

Fillings: Silver vs Composite

If you have a cavity, we can remove the diseased part of the tooth and repair the void with a filling material.  A composite is a tooth-colored restoration that will cost you a couple of hundred dollars or more, depending on its size.  If you want to spend even less than that, a silver filling (amalgam) could be just as successful and may save you about $50 or so.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a hollowed-out, tooth cover (“cap”) that slides over your natural tooth and is used to protect a weak and damaged tooth from experiencing further trauma.

Crowns take longer to make than fillings, often requiring more than one appointment.  There’s also a lab fee that most practices will incur because they’ll have a dental technician design and create the crown for them.  For these reasons, a crown comes with a price tag of about $1,000 per tooth before your dental insurance kicks in.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal will clean the affected nerve tissue out of a tooth and seal it in to avoid future contamination. Root canal prices may range from $750 – $1,000, depending on how many nerve canals the tooth has.  Fortunately, it’s still cheaper than having the tooth extracted and replaced! Often times our Newport Beach dentist will recommend covering a root canal tooth with a crown, so keep this in mind when configuring your total costs.

Extracting A Tooth

You can always opt to get your tooth pulled.  At about $250 – $300 each, tooth extractions are one of the fastest and cheapest dental treatment costs available. However, before deciding to pull a tooth, you should consider if you really want to go without it for the rest of your life. Pulling teeth has its consequences.  Your remaining teeth begin shift making them slanted, gapped, or even crooked.  Gum issues can arise, causing inflammation and putting you at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Excessive wear can also occur due to the remaining teeth working overtime to withstand the force of your biting. You’ll want to think about the cost of your replacement partial, bridge, or implant on top of the extraction cost.

Dental Implants

Unfortunately, there may come a time when you have a tooth that can’t be repaired. After having it pulled, we can do a dental implant to replace it.  Dental implants (and the crown that attaches to it) usually cost around $3,000 or so if you don’t have insurance. Though this sounds substantial, dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime. The one-time investment can help maintain a healthy smile, so you might find the initial fee is well worth it.

Again, all of these costs are just average estimates that don’t include insurance.

Smile Makeovers

To get a million-dollar smile there’s no need to spend six figures.  Porcelain dental veneers, a cosmetic dental treatment costs around $1,000 per tooth and typically we’ll place anywhere from 6-10, depending on the span of your smile.

Dental Cleanings, Exams, and X-Rays

Preventative cleanings, exams, and x-rays cost around $200 without insurance.  When you have a regular prevention plan like this in place, we can catch dental issues early, which means that if you have a tooth that needs treatment, the repair needed will be less invasive and cheaper. Going to the dentist routinely is the best and most affordable way to enjoy a healthy smile.

Since your insurance usually covers two checkups per year, it practically pays for itself when it comes to preventative dentistry.

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Is Dental Insurance Coverage Worth It?

Paying a monthly insurance premium will give you dental insurance coverage to help pay for unexpected dental expenses.  However, dental insurance may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Here’s why…

The Yearly Maximum

Your insurance dental insurance coverage plan will have a yearly maximum (usually between $1,000 – $2,500) that will help pay for your dental needs. This number hasn’t increased with inflation since the early 1980s (unlike medical coverage.) After they’ve paid this amount in one calendar year, they will not contribute another cent. Any unused benefits are lost and not rolled over for you to use the next year.

Your Deductible

Each year, the first time that you have dental work done you’ll pay a deductible before the policy kicks in. Usually, this amount isn’t over $100 and doesn’t apply to services like cleanings or exams, but rather actual treatment like fillings and crowns.

Your Co-payment

When the dental insurance coverage pays their portion, it’s only a percentage of the actual fee.  For example, if you need to have a crown done that costs $1,000, the insurance won’t pay the whole $1,000, they might only pay a certain percentage (typically 50%.)

Dental Treatment Costs in Newport Beach, CA

To avoid high dental treatment costs, call Dr. Yazdan at the Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist in Newport Beach, California. We’ll get you started with routine checkups and cleanings that will help keep you healthy, and your costs low. Ask for a customized care plan that outlines all of the fees and your estimated coverage, so that you won’t have to be caught off guard by a high dental bill!

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