It would not be too farfetched to say that a great smile can really take you places. Of course, maintaining that stunning smile can cost a pretty penny. Sure, your dental insurance—if you are fortunate enough to have it—could cover basic cleanings, but you still need to buy toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and perhaps other dental hygiene products for your home. And if-and-when you need a procedure those can start to add up.
If you do have insurance, though, some of the more common and most affordable Des Cedres Dental Clinic procedures can still tick pretty high in terms of cost.
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY—Average cost: $100 to $700
Covering a wide variety of simple soft and hard tissue procedures, this category is really diverse. It can include anything beyond a basic cleaning but probably far less invasive than most other types of surgery.
SINGLE RESTORATION/CROWN—Average cost: $285 to $1026
One or two cavities in a lifetime is pretty common, and when you get one you will have to sit in the dentist’s chair so they can fill the hole and seal it or crown it. This prevents the damage from spreading. If you do not address this quickly enough, though, it will probably result in more damage—and more pain—and that means a more complicated—and costly—procedure.
IMPLANT—Average cost: $600 to $2100
You might chip a tooth—or even have one knocked out—and that is when you would consider an implant. Sometimes you can reattach a tooth or a chip but when you can’t, a surgical implant adds supports and anchors that help to readjust the tooth in the jaw. Perhaps the most surprisingly affordable of any procedure on this list (when you consider the benefit).
ROOT CANAL—Average cost: $650 to $920
If your teeth have damage—or have eroded away—they may need total restoration if you want to be able to use them. However, if you catch the damage early enough you can get an endodontic therapy—otherwise known as a root canal—to remove affected tissue and save the tooth. The price varies according to the size of the tooth and where it is located in the mouth, among other variables.
COMPREHENSIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT—Average cost: $4,750
Braces are not just a cosmetic procedure. Sure, they straighten crooked teeth and fill gaps but this type of correction can, in fact, improve your health. As such, while it is often considered a “cosmetic” treatment, health insurances still offer coverage for it.