Lately, your teeth may have been feeling extremely sensitive to cold fluids, or maybe you just chipped a tooth; while the pain is searing, you can’t help but ignore the looming cost. There are many factors that will affect the cost of emergency dental procedures including location, severity, and number of teeth affected.
While emergency dental costs are notoriously high, we understand it’s a bill not many are expecting to pay on any given day. We’ve listed a few of the most common/ expensive dental procedures you might visit one of our offices for, as well as our list of payment options. As many as 69% of Americans have under $1,000 in savings and 34% of Americans have a balance of $0 in savings.
Don’t neglect your smile, after all, you only get one! Take a look at these common procedures followed by some favorable payment options to help get the service you need.
Cost of Emergency Dental Procedures
When you might need one: Dentists will generally decide on performing a root canal when there is a tooth that is at risk for or already has, an infection that has potential to spread into the neck and face. Costs range:
- Front: $700-900
- Bicuspid: $800-950
- Molars: $1,000-1,200
When a tooth is rooting, infected, or even fractured, dentists can extract the tooth to ease pain and prevent the infection from spreading even further. Without anesthesia (or sedation dentistry), costs can vary between $75-300. With anesthesia (sedation dentistry), emergency tooth extraction is roughly $200-600. With or without the help of anesthesia, recovery time is generally 2 or 3 days.
Cavity fills are needed when a tooth (or several) have minimal fractures, enamel decay, or otherwise damaged on the surface. Materials dentists will use to fill the space for easier, more comfortable chewing, include: porcelain or silver amalgam (although these are rarely done nowadays). The costs for each:
- Silver amalgam filling: $110-200 per tooth
- Resin-based composite filling: $135-240 per tooth
Crowns are on the more expensive side, mostly for the materials and they generally require two visits instead of only one like the other common procedures. Crowns made of porcelain or ceramic materials take two dental visits and range in price from $1,200 to $1,500 per tooth. Metal crowns, more suitable for rear teeth due to durability, are between $1,200 and $1,400 per tooth. There are also options for porcelain fused to metal crowns and can be a little cheaper ($1,000-1,150 per tooth).
Emergency Dental Payment Options
CareCredit is the saving grace when your insurance falls short of covering your dental procedures. CareCredit covers anything from pet care, beauty care, and more, so your family can afford all areas of care you need.
No Credit Check
Roughly 14% of Americans don’t have a credit score, stymieing them from qualifying for major life necessities. At Emergency Dental, we don’t run credit checks for the “credit invisible” visitors who need our care.
Little or No Down Payment
Earlier we mentioned many Americans having little or no money in their savings account, which is why we offer a little or no down payment option for care procedures. We don’t want our patients to feel like they need to compromise their oral health due to costs.
Affordable Monthly Rates
If you love budgeting and chipping away at big bills one month at a time, this payment option is for you. We will work with patients to decide on a reasonable monthly payment until the procedure is completely paid for.
Dr. Roberto Monteagudo is an expert in advanced dentistry, full mouth reconstruction, neuromuscular dentistry and sedation dentistry. He attended the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies from 1999 to 2006 and graduated from Marquette University, School of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Monteagudo speaks frequently throughout the Wisconsin area on advancements in dentistry and patient education. Dr. Roberto Monteagudo lives in Milwaukee with his lovely wife, Gina, and their seven children whom they make a top priority. He also enjoys outdoor activities and is deeply committed to giving back to his community through charitable events. His warmth and caring combined with his commitment to patient comfort through sedation dentistry, leading edge, gentle, and non-invasive technologies is the reason that his patients travel long distances to see him.