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How Much Does Emergency Dentistry Cost?
It is never the ideal circumstance to be facing an unexpected dental emergency, especially when it comes time to pay the bill. For these reasons, it is a good idea to have a general idea of how much an unexpected dental incident can cost so you can budget your finances accordingly. Overall costs of emergency dental procedures will vary greatly depending upon a variety of factors, including the severity of your particular case, how many teeth are affected, your geographic location, and/or your level of dental insurance.
Here is a brief overview of the most common type of emergency dental issues and the general cost associated with having them performed in an emergency situation.
Cost of a Root Canal
One of the biggest cost determinants of your procedure is the location of the affected tooth. Front teeth are generally cheaper to address, because they only have one root. Molars have as many as three roots, which means a greater amount of work for your dentist, and a higher overall cost. While the final costs will be determined by geographic location and the type of clinic you are visiting, the national average cost is $750 for a front tooth root canal, $900 for a premolar, and $1,100 for a molar.
Cost of a Tooth Extraction
If your tooth has become severely infected or fractured and you are experiencing severe enough pain to seek out emergency dental intervention, you may need to have a tooth or teeth extracted. The general cost for a non-surgical gum erupted tooth extraction is between $75 to $300, and an extraction that requires anesthesia will run between $200 to $600. If possible, it is best to wait until normal clinic hours to have this procedure performed, but the most important thing is that you do not leave the infection unchecked for too long, as doing so can affect other parts of your mouth.
Cost of a Cavity Filling
If you need to have an emergency cavity filling, the final cost will be determined primarily by what type of material your dentist uses. While gold and porcelain fillings tend to be pricey, the average cost for an amalgam filling is around $100 to $200, whereas a composite filling will be slightly more expensive, ranging from $130 to $250.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Emergency Dental Procedures?
If you currently have dental coverage, there is a good chance that at least some of your procedure will be covered by your plan. It is important to be aware that your out-of-pocket costs will likely be less if you receive care from a dentist who is part of your covered network.
If you do not have insurance or are concerned about the overall costs of your procedure, it is a good idea to discuss installment plans with your dentist. It may also be worth contacting your local health department, who may be able to provide you with information about federally funded support services that provide free or reduced-cost dental care services.
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