Restorative dentistry refers to any procedure that is performed to correct damage to a tooth. Damage can come in the form of tooth decay, cavities, and trauma. Restorative dentistry can also include replacing missing teeth or teeth that can’t be saved. Severe gum disease can also cause the need for restorative dentistry, as teeth can become loose and fall out when the gum tissue is unable to hold them in place.
How much does restorative dentistry cost? It depends on a lot of factors from the type of procedure to other variables. Here’s a breakdown of the average cost of typical restorative dentistry services.
Cavity Fillings: $100-$500. A cavity filling is probably the most common restorative procedure. It involves removing the damaged tooth material and filling in the hole with either metal or composite resin. The cost of a cavity filling can fall anywhere within this price range. The actual cost depends on whether it is a silver filling or a composite filling. A composite filling costs more because it is designed to look like natural tooth material. The cost of a cavity filling can also depend on where it is in the mouth, how difficult it is to access, and how big the cavity is.
Crowns: $850-$2,000. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover or cap that fits over a damaged tooth, allowing the natural root to remain. The cost of a crown depends on the type of crown. Porcelain fused to metal tends to be on the lower end of the cost range, where ceramic, gold, and metal alloys can be higher. Metals tend to be stronger, but ceramic and porcelain look more natural. A crown may cost more if a root canal procedure is required as well.
Root Canals: $900-$2,000. A root canal is required when the soft pulp inside of a tooth and root becomes infected. The procedure involves clearing the pulp out of the tooth and root canal and filling it up with composite resin. This removes the infection and keeps it from getting reinfected. The actual cost of a root canal within this range may depend on the severity of the situation and the location of the tooth.
Dental Implants: $3,000-$6,000 (we have a specialist on staff). A dental implant completely replaces a tooth, root and all. If you have a tooth that is beyond saving or a missing tooth, a dental implant is the best replacement option. Because it is such an extensive procedure, it tends to cost more than other restorative options. But it gives you the best look and function of any replacement tooth. It also preserves the bone in your jaw, keeping it strong and vital. This cost range is what you can expect for a single dental implant.
Bridges: $4,000 and up (depends on # of teeth being replaced). A bridge is another tooth replacement option. A bridge can replace a single tooth or a row of teeth. It can attach to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth with crowns, metal anchors, or dental implants. Because a bridge costs less than a dental implant, many patients choose this option. However, bridges have some disadvantages, such as the fact that they don’t last as long as dental implants, they can damage the healthy teeth on either side, and they don’t help to preserve the jaw bone as dental implants do.
Dentures: $2,500-$5,000. Dentures are used to replace multiple teeth, often an entire arch of teeth. When you have many teeth to replace, dentures are less expensive than getting a number of dental implants. Traditional dentures attach to the gums with adhesives and suction. Implant supported dentures attach to dental implants that are placed in the jaw as anchors. Implant supported dentures cost more because of the higher cost of the implants themselves, but many patients prefer the solid hold they experience.
Affordable Restorative Dentistry Services at Emerson Dental
If you’re in need of any restorative dentistry procedures, Emerson Dental provides a wide range of services. You can receive complete dental care at one convenient location. When it comes to the cost of dental procedures, the first option is to access your dental insurance. Whatever is left after your insurance or if you don’t have insurance, that amount can be financed through CareCredit.
Call (978) 399-0017 to schedule a consultation at our Westford office or (781) 394-9213 for our Bedford office. You can also request an appointment at either office. We look forward to helping restore your smile.