Restorative dentistry refers to any procedure that is performed to correct damage to a tooth. Damage can come in the form of tooth decay, cavities, and trauma. Restorative dentistry can also include replacing missing teeth or teeth that can’t be saved. Severe gum disease can also cause the need for restorative dentistry, as teeth can become loose and fall out when the gum tissue is unable to hold them in place. How much does restorative dentistry cost? It depends on a lot of factors from the type of procedure to other variables. Here’s a breakdown of the average cost of typical restorative dentistry services.
What Are The Average Dental Restoration Costs Per Tooth?
Dental restoration ranges in price, dependent on what type of restoration you require and which dental clinic you are visiting.
Australian dental costs are not regulated, and so clinics will charge different costs between locations, type of clinic and in general.
Common check-up and cleaning costs vary. Dentists charge different rates depending on your situation and where you live. Check-ups are the cheapest way to prevent any major damage and reduce the need for dental restoration. Check-ups usually include x-rays and cleaning. Almost all insurance plans cover check-ups so you can be sure that you don’t need to pay out of pocket for them. Even if you don’t have insurance check-ups are still the cheapest method to restore your teeth and prevent further damage.
Cavity Fillings: $100-$500
A cavity filling is probably the most common restorative procedure. It involves removing the damaged tooth material and filling in the hole with either metal or composite resin. The cost of a cavity filling can fall anywhere within this price range. The actual cost depends on whether it is a silver filling or a composite filling. A composite filling costs more because it is designed to look like natural tooth material. The cost of a cavity filling can also depend on where it is in the mouth, how difficult it is to access, and how big the cavity is.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cover or cap that fits over a damaged tooth, allowing the natural root to remain. The cost of a crown depends on the type of crown. Porcelain fused to metal tends to be on the lower end of the cost range, where ceramic, gold, and metal alloys can be higher. Metals tend to be stronger, but ceramic and porcelain look more natural. A crown may cost more if a root canal procedure is required as well.
Root Canals: $900-$2,000
A root canal is required when the soft pulp inside of a tooth and root becomes infected. The procedure involves clearing the pulp out of the tooth and root canal and filling it up with composite resin. This removes the infection and keeps it from getting reinfected. The actual cost of a root canal within this range may depend on the severity of the situation and the location of the tooth.
Dental Implants: $3,000-$6,000
A dental implant completely replaces a tooth, root and all. If you have a tooth that is beyond saving or a missing tooth, a dental implant is the best replacement option. Because it is such an extensive procedure, it tends to cost more than other restorative options. But it gives you the best look and function of any replacement tooth. It also preserves the bone in your jaw, keeping it strong and vital. This cost range is what you can expect for a single dental implant.
Bridges: $4,000 and up (depends on # of teeth being replaced)
A bridge is another tooth replacement option. A bridge can replace a single tooth or a row of teeth. It can attach to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth with crowns, metal anchors, or dental implants. Because a bridge costs less than a dental implant, many patients choose this option. However, bridges have some disadvantages, such as the fact that they don’t last as long as dental implants, they can damage the healthy teeth on either side, and they don’t help to preserve the jaw bone as dental implants do.
Dentures are used to replace multiple teeth, often an entire arch of teeth. When you have many teeth to replace, dentures are less expensive than getting a number of dental implants. Traditional dentures attach to the gums with adhesives and suction. Implant supported dentures attach to dental implants that are placed in the jaw as anchors. Implant supported dentures cost more because of the higher cost of the implants themselves, but many patients prefer the solid hold they experience.
Does Dental Insurance Save Money?
Dental services can be expensive. Many patients try to avoid dental expenditures by avoiding dental insurance altogether. While dental insurance coverage does typically require a monthly or annual premium, and some upfront costs or co-payments, in most cases dental insurance actually lowers a person’s overall dental costs. Patients with “average” dental plans can reduce their costs by the following amounts:
- 100 percent of costs for annual routine care.
- 80 percent of costs for fillings, basic procedures, and root canals.
- 50 percent of costs for bridges, crowns, and other major procedures.
There are more dental insurance options than ever before, so finding the right plan to balance your costs vs. savings is possible. According to The American Dental Association’s research, the dental benefits market in 2015 provides more options for Americans and increased transparency by the federal government makes it easier to navigate the system. These governmental changes have made finding information and getting great coverage easier.
Can a decayed tooth be restored?
Several options, such as dental crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlays, can restore the tooth’s structure, appearance, and integrity once the decay has been removed.
How long do teeth restoration last?
Longevity of dental restoration depends on the type of procedure you and your dentist chose most procedures should last for years. Your lifestyle also plays a crucial role in the longevity of any dental procedure you go through. Talk to your dentist about how to care for your dental restoration.