Dental Procedure Fees
 

Dental procedure costs.

Prices / Fee estimates for cosmetic, basic and major dental procedures. | The method we use to estimate dental costs. | Factors to consider when comparing your dentist's prices to others.

This page serves as the hub for information on Animated-Teeth.com that covers dentist prices for procedures and dental work.

To get started, select from one of the following categories.

1) Cosmetic dentistry:
 
2) Basic dental procedures:
 
3) Major dental procedures:
 
 

Each of our "costs" pages includes procedure details.

Besides just information about the prices dentists charge, our dental work pages also include information about:

  • Important options or choices that are available or must be made for that particular treatment or procedure.
  • How selecting different options will affect the price you pay.
  • Common dental insurance issues that may apply, such as coverage limitations or benefit caps.

How we calculate dental costs.

We outline the method we use to estimate fees for dental work at the bottom of this page .

That section also explains why prices among any group of dentists in a particular area may vary, even significantly so. And how to make sure you're making an accurate comparison when evaluating the fees of different offices.


Dental costs, by procedure.

1) Fees for cosmetic dentistry procedures -

 a) Dental veneers ▼ 

  1. Porcelain veneers - Per-unit (tooth) fees.
  2. Lumineers® veneers - A type of ultra-thin porcelain veneer. Per-unit fees.
  3. Composite veneers - Veneers crafted out of dental bonding. Per-unit fees.

 b) Teeth whitening ▼ 

  1. Professional (in-office) treatments. - Per-session fees.
  2. Dentist-dispensed at-home systems. - Per-case, per-arch (upper or lower) fees.

 c) Orthodontic treatment ▼ 

  1. Removable braces - Invisalign® | ClearCorrect® | Invisalign Express® - Per-case costs.
  2. Lingual braces - Incognito® | iBraces® | In-Ovation® L | Harmony® - Per-case costs.
  3. Conventional braces (brackets and archwire) - Silver | Gold | Ceramic (white/clear) - Per-case costs.
  4. Orthodontic retainers - New | Replacement - Per-appliance (upper or lower) fees.

2) Fees for basic dental procedures -

a) Dental fillings ▼ 

  1. Dental bonding - Front teeth. - "White" fillings. Cost by number of surfaces.
  2. Dental bonding - Back teeth. - "White" fillings. Cost by number of surfaces.
  3. Dental amalgam - "Silver" fillings. Cost by number of surfaces.

 b) Root canal treatment ▼ 

  1. Root canal treatment - Incisors | Canines | Premolars | Molars | Retreatment - Cost by tooth type/number of canals.

 c) Oral surgery ▼ 

  1. Pulling Teeth - Simple Extraction (routine extraction) | Surgical Extraction - Per-tooth fees.
  2. Wisdom tooth extractions - Soft tissue | Partial bony | Full bony - Cost by impaction type, per-tooth.
  3. Sedation - Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) | IV (conscious) sedation - Per-appointment (procedure) fees.

 d) Preventive dentistry ▼ 

  1. Dental sealants - Per-tooth fees.
  2. Sports mouthguards - Per appliance (upper or lower) costs.
  3. Dental Space Maintainers

3) Fees for reconstructive dental procedures -

 a) Crowns and bridges ▼ 

  1. Dental crowns - Porcelain-fused-to-metal | Gold (all metal) | All-ceramic - Cost by fabrication type. Per-unit fees.
  2. Conventional dental bridges. - Porcelain-fused-to-metal | Gold | All-ceramic - Cost by fabrication type / abutment or pontic. Per-unit fees.
  3. Maryland Bridges - Abutments | Pontics - Per-unit fees.
  4. Dental post and cores. - Prefabricated | Cast | Core (only) - Per-unit fees.
  5. Recement a loose dental crown or bridge.

 b) Tooth implants ▼ 

  1. Dental implants - Implant Placement (surgery) | Abutment Placement | Restoring the Implant - Per-unit ("tooth") costs.

 c) Dentures ▼ 

  1. Complete dentures - Conventional | Immediate | Economy | Relines - Per-appliance (upper or lower) costs.
  2. Partial dentures - Cast Metal | Acrylic (plastic) | Flexible Acrylic - Per-appliance (upper or lower) costs.


How we calculate our dental procedure cost estimates.

We've developed our own methodology for calculating our dental work price ranges.

a) We start with local data.

First off, we collect fee data for our own local region. We start with that because our wide range of contacts allows us to collect information from a very on-target group of sources, including dentists, information dental staff members have assimilated from dealing with dental plans and insurance companies, reports from patients and information found on the web.

b) We then calculate our nationwide (USA) dental fee estimates.

The second step of our process involves extrapolating our regional data into a national price range. These calculations rely heavily on our proprietary interpretation of ACCRA's 'Cost of Living Index' information for cities across the country.

About the prices we show on Animated-Teeth.com.

  • The low end of our price range - We feel that the lower number of the range we report is representative of the average fee charged by dentists located in a small rural town or city (USA) whose ACCRA 'Cost of Living Index' is approximately 80 to 85.
  • The high end of our price range - We believe that the top end of our fee range is representative of the average price charged in large metropolitan areas on either coast (USA) whose ACCRA 'Cost of Living Index' is around 120 to 125.

Why do your dentist's prices seem out of line with our dental cost estimates?

It's common for fees to vary.

A big difficulty with estimating dental costs is that within any immediate area (even one smaller than a local zip code) the fees charged by dentists can vary significantly, often by as much as 30%.

That's because every dentist has their own unique set of issues that must be considered when creating their fee schedule.

What factors does a dentist take into consideration when setting procedure fees?

Here are some examples:

  • The dentist's cost of operation must be considered. This includes items such as office space and equipment costs, as well as the number of office employees and their comparative salaries. Each of these may vary widely among different dental offices in the same general area.
  • With some types of dental work (crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, etc...), the fabrication costs (lab costs) that the dentist must pay might explain at least a part of the reason why their fees are different than neighboring dentists.
  • There will also be many less tangible factors that are factored in. Things like - What type of patient base (socioeconomic status) is the dentist trying to cultivate? What is the level of the dentist's professional expertise (general dentist or specialist)? Even things like the dentist's degree of self-esteem (at least subconsciously) will play a role in the fees they charge.

How can you accurately compare dental costs between dentist offices?

It can be difficult for a person to get an idea of the comparative fees of different dentists.

As an example, when comparing the cost of dental crowns it must first be established precisely what type of crown is being referred to. A crown might be gold, porcelain-fused-to-base-metal or all-ceramic. The fees for each of these types of crowns typically vary substantially. If you don't know which one you are receiving information about, you will end up making an apples-to-oranges comparison.

Compare costs using dental procedure codes.

The solution to this dilemma rests with what is referred to as the "CDT® Dental Procedure Codes" list.

For ease and uniformity in processing dental claims, the American Dental Association has developed a list of code numbers for every dental procedure and type of dental work. These codes are formatted as the letter "D" followed by four numbers. (The numbers are the important part. When discussing codes, the letter is often just left off since it's the same for all of them.)

You don't really need to know the number for a procedure before inquiring about it. But once specific pricing information has been given to you, make sure you ask for the corresponding ADA code. Then, make sure you use that same code when inquiring at other offices.

If you'd like to see a list of codes for common dental procedures, use this link: ihs.gov

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