How much dental procedures cost at our practice?
Well, dental procedures are services like any medical or health care service and not a product. There are essential care and optional care in dentistry. For example, dental extraction related to pain or infection is essential to care immediately, because if it is untreated it can sometimes lead to life-threatening emergencies. Depending on your oral health and general health conditions, the treatment cost can vary. It is inappropriate for an office manager or receptionist to discuss the list of any procedures and assess the cost of care. You need a licensed dentist to thoroughly evaluate and provide a treatment plan and the cost can be provided based on the treatment plan. On the contrary, tooth-whitening, cosmetic procedures, or other elective surgeries are optional services. The cost of these procedures varies depending on the choices you make.
Most dental practices set their fee schedule depending on various factors such as the standard of care, type of facility or dental practice, quality of care, specialization or expertise, and of course, the choices of dental materials. The fee is often referenced from the American Dental Association fee schedule,
At our practice, our standard fee schedule is based on the recommended fee by the American Dental Association for dental procedures. At our practice, we would like our doctor to evaluate your oral and general health status, formulate a treatment plan that is comfortable for you, and base the cost on your oral health needs. We are in-network with Aetna Dental PPO, Delta Dental PPO, Premier insurance plans. We accept Cash, Credit & Debit cards, and Care Credit. We offer discounts for seniors.
How often should you have a dental visit?
Routine dental exams help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid expensive treatment or unwanted pain and discomfort. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups every six months for people of all ages. This way problems can be caught in time, at an early stage.
Oral Cancer screening is another important aspect of the routine exam. An oral cancer screening is a visual and physical exam of the oral cavity, neck, and facial areas. It can reassure a patient that there are no apparent problems. It can help in getting early treatment if there are any questionable areas. National Cancer Institute, states that the cancer screenings should take place before symptoms begin to show.
At our practice any dental visit whether routine [a well-visit] or problem-based [a sick visit] will involve knowing your oral health concerns, understanding your medical history, your current medications, your current health status, followed by a comprehensive exam. Full mouth radiographs or problem focussed Xrays may be needed for clinical decision making. Based on the discussion and clinical presentation we can provide a personalized solution for your oral and dental health needs. The following are general recommendations for dental procedures. Patients with advanced dental care need personalized dental care with modification to the following dental procedures. At our center, we focus to provide comprehensive care for general needs and advanced dental care for patients under cancer care, seniors, or medically complex patients.
Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. This can help your dentist to identify problems, like cavities, periodontal disease, infections, oral diseases, jaw bone, and impacted teeth
At our facility, we provide a low dose of radiation x-ray with a state of the art technology. These X-rays with low levels of radiation are used to capture images. These images give details of the interior of your teeth and jaw areas. We also have the Cone-beam CT scan for the jaw and facial area screening. It provides better comfort while providing great diagnostic details.
Routine dental care is important to maintaining good oral health. Removing mineralized plaque that may develop even after regular brushing. Flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach are important to clean. So generally, professional cleaning every six months is recommended to maintain a healthy smile. Patients with medical conditions, on the contrary, may need more focused professional cleanings to provide extra care.
Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and jaw bone. This can lead to a loss of gum and teeth. There are two major stages — gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is milder and often reversible. Periodontal disease is often more severe. For improvement, gum surgery may be necessary in order to reverse the effect of the disease.
Fillings and Repairs
Dental fillings and repairs use restorative materials used to repair teeth. composite fillings are tooth-colored and provide aesthetically pleasing results. Composites helps to treatment repair chipped, decayed, discolored or fractured teeth. Hence, for this procedure, the dentist chooses composite resin to match the color of your teeth. Several layers of resin are applied to each tooth. Each layer is hardened under ultraviolet light or laser. Final steps include shaping and polishing the resin material so the finished tooth looks natural and smooth.
Crowns and Caps
A crown or cap covers damaged tooth by decay, broken, badly stained or misshaped. A crown is made of different types of material like Zirconia, acrylic, metal, porcelain, or porcelain bonded to metal.
The crowns are custom made and take more than one appointment to prepare your tooth. So to prepare a crown, the tooth is first frozen with anesthesia. It is then filed down so the cap can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is made. A temporary cap is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. On your next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary cap and cement the crown onto the tooth. The crown will closely match the color and shape of your natural teeth.
Dental extractions may be needed at some point in life. It is important to remove severely damaged teeth. Otherwise, it may cause severe pain or infection. The procedure may be a simple extraction or a complex surgical extraction depending on the tooth location, decay condition and other related factors. The procedure needs to be modified with a prevailing medical condition or the type of medication that you take.
There are two types of dentures – partial and full. A partial denture replaces only some missing teeth, a full denture replaces all teeth within a jaw have been lost. There are a variety of dental material choices available in the market. Based on the material choice the denture cost often varies. The procedure often needs 2 or more visits. Your jaw bone status along with your oral and medical condition, material choices are common factors of revolve on denture fit and durability.
Dental implants are a multi-step procedure. The exact steps vary based on your oral and medical conditions. Basically, the steps may follow starting from the extraction of the teeth.
- Tooth Extraction – In cases where the dental implant is necessary because an existing tooth is fractured or otherwise dying, the tooth will need to be extracted before the implant procedure can begin. If there is a pre-existing infection in the tooth socket or you have a medical condition that compromises your immune system, or an opportunity of infection may limit the possibility of proceeding to the next step. Steps are a little bit different when placing an implant for a tooth that has already been lost.
- Bone Grafting – Bone graft is a procedure that helps to provide adequate bone support for the implant. Some patients who don’t have a thick enough jawbone will require bone grafting to enhance the bone prior to the dental implant procedure. This may be done soon after the extraction.
- Dental Implant – In this step, the titanium implant is surgically placed into the bone. Usually, to replace more than one tooth, 2 or more implants are required. There is typically a healing period from two to six months to allow the jawbone to fuse with the titanium implant.
- Temporary Crown or Denture – Patients may choose to have a temporary crown or denture placed during the healing period. This step may be vary depending on the function and cosmetic reasons
- Placing the teeth: After the healing period, the teeth can be permanently placed as planned. It is a two-unit system called Abutment and the crown. The abutment is placed after reopening the gums to expose the dental implant and attach the abutment to it. A two weeks period is needed for your gums to heal after getting the abutment. The final step is placing the tooth.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant cost depends on various factors and requirements. The cost can also vary dramatically based on each patient’s needs. As a guideline, the cost of the implant procedure for a single tooth may range from in the $3,500-7,000 range. For each surgical step if the patient needs additional anesthesia procedures such as nitrous or sedation it may incur additional charges.