There are many types of treatment that can help repair, replace, or reverse the effects of tooth decay. Each treatment option varies in cost, depending on which tooth is decayed, how many teeth are involved, payment options, materials used, and additional services.
As the dental care crisis grows more every year, knowing your options could save you more money over time.
The cost of dental treatment varies widely, depending on how damaged your child’s teeth are, treatment procedure, multiple visits and payment type. Call Kool Smiles, your local family dentist, today to see what your plan covers.
Besides practicing good oral hygiene, we advise that your child visits your kid-friendly dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings, which ultimately keep the cost of tooth decay treatment way down.
Here is a breakdown of several tooth decay treatments and their average costs:
Dental fillings help restore a tooth damaged by tooth decay. Fillings reshape your tooth with materials including gold, porcelain, and composite resin so it functions normally. The type of resin you choose can greatly affect the cost of the filling.
A dental extraction is simply the removal of a decayed tooth from the socket. There are three forms of extraction that vary in price: Non-surgical ($75–$300); Surgical ($150–$650); and Wisdom Tooth ($75–$3,000 per set of four).
Dental bonding applies a tooth-colored resin material to “bond” with a decayed area using adhesives and high-intensity light. For slightly chipped teeth, this procedure keeps decay from speeding up, cosmetically transforms a discolored tooth or fills a gap.
Dental crowns are caps placed on damaged teeth to restore shape and function. Like fillings, crowns are made up of variant materials, including porcelain ($800–$3,000), metal ($600–$2,500) or porcelain fused to metal ($500–1,500).
Root canals flush out dead flesh (pulp) left from tooth decay and rot. This involves removal, anesthesia, x-rays, and several visits to the dentist. Root canal treatments vary depending on which teeth need removal: Front tooth ($300–$1,500); Bicuspid ($400–$1,800); Molar ($500–$2,000).
Root canals are typically followed by a crown treatment, so prices can get expensive.
Fluoride treatments are the most cost-effective form of tooth decay treatment. This treatment is routinely done at dental exams. Fluoride treatments reverse early decay by making your teeth resistant to acid.
The best defense against tooth decay is preventative treatment, but sometimes care and prevention go beyond our control. With or without insurance, let the Kool Smiles general network of general and pediatric dentists, orthodontists, and dental care professionals help you treat your tooth decay safely and affordably.
Did you know that Medicaid helps families across the United States afford free or low-cost medical care, including dentistry?
Medicaid is accepted at every Kool Smiles location, and depending on your state, it may pay for the cost of services such as x-rays, exams, fluoride, fillings, and other dental issues related to tooth decay.
Other forms of accepted payment options at Kool Smiles include cash, TRICARE, SCHIP, CareCredit, credit cards, and more based on your budget.
Find a Kool Smiles location near you or call us today to schedule an appointment.
Dental Care Crisis: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DENTALCRISIS.REPORT.pdf
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/answers/medicare-and-medicaid/who-is-eligible-for-medicaid/index.html
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