How Much Does Dental Care Cost?
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Figuring out what dental care is going to cost can be difficult and confusing because of all the variables involved. There are several factors that go into the expenses, including your healthcare markers, your required procedure, and the dental practice.
At Florida Smiles Dental, we want to provide you with rough estimates of what your out-of-pocket expenses for various procedures are going to be so that you can make an informed choice for your oral care.
Quick Dental Exam - Starting at $70
For most dental practices, you may have to pay anywhere from $70 to $200 for a dental examination. It is extremely important to visit our dentists at least once a year, or twice a year during six-month intervals for preventive dental care. A dental examination can reveal many issues that may be lurking without even knowing about them.
If our dentists find anything concerning or decide to delve deeper, they may ask you to undergo additional exams, such as x-rays, that may cost an additional $100 or more.
Dental Implants - Starting at $4,000 Per Tooth
Dental implants are an extremely popular option for patients who are missing teeth. The main advantage of dental implants is their role in preserving jawbone mass (and even encouraging new growth). This has a bearing on how your facial aesthetics will look because loss of bone can lead to saggy skin, which can impact your appearance.
Dental implants also restore oral functions, allowing you to chew whatever food you like or drink any kind of beverage. This improves your quality of life, allowing you to live on your own terms. Another advantage of dental implants is that they look much like your real teeth. Most people won't be able to tell that you've had dental implants because of how natural they look.
The average price of dental implants starts at $4,000 for patients with enough jawbone mass. However, some patients may not have adequate jawbone mass, in which case, they may be recommended for bone graft surgery. This is an additional expense that can cost around $1,000 or more, depending on the complexity of the procedure. It will also prolong the dental implant procedure by several months, requiring multiple visits, each costing you more.
Dental Bridges - Starting at $1,000
Dental bridges are a restoration technique that is used to replace one or more missing teeth with the help of artificial teeth and crowns. On average, a single dental bridge can last for up to 15 years, and sometimes even longer, with good care and maintenance. The average price for dental implants is around $1,000 for traditional fixed crowns, but they may cost as much as $2,500 for a bonded bridge.
The costs mostly depend on the material you use and your dentist.
Dental Crowns - Starting at $1,500
Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures. They can greatly improve how your smile looks and greatly improve how your teeth function. Simply put, a dental crown is a 'cap' that resembles the shape of your teeth and is applied over a tooth by our dentist. They can fix misshapen, discolored, or damaged teeth and are a convenient long-term solution.
Dental crowns can also be used on patients who have weakened teeth because they underwent a dental filling procedure. This makes dental crowns an extremely versatile solution that can be used to improve both the function and appearance of an existing tooth.
The price of dental crowns depends on various factors, including the material you choose and the location in your mouth. The cost of dental crowns will fall in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 per crown.
Invisalign - Starting at $4,000
Invisalign is a more convenient alternative to braces and can be used to straighten your teeth. The procedure has gained more traction over the years because it is virtually invisible to the untrained eye.
They have to be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. New aligners are then given to the patient every few weeks once the teeth have been moved into their desired location. It is worth noting that clear aligners will move teeth at a slower pace compared to permanent metal braces.
The starting price for Invisalign treatment is usually $3,500, but it may go up according to the patient's specific situation. However, patients with severe teeth alignment may have to opt for traditional metal braces.
Periodontal Surgery - Starting at $5,000
Periodontal surgery, or gum surgery, is usually recommended for patients who have advanced gum disease. There are various procedures that must be done to treat the disease, including flap surgery to lift the gums of the teeth in order to clean tartar. Once the tartar has been cleaned, the gums are put back into their original places.
Some patients may also have damaged or destroyed bone, requiring bone graft surgery to replace the damage done with donor bone or manufactured bone.
Periodontal surgery is an extensive procedure that may cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on how severe the patient's problem is.
Dentures - Starting at $1,000
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Our dentists Our doctors and our doctors will first take several impressions of your teeth and jaw using 3D scans. This information is then used to model precise dentures for a perfect fit. The average price for dentures starts at around $600 per plate or about $1,200 for a complete set. However, at the high end of the spectrum, the prices may go well above $10,000. A premium set of dentures usually looks more natural and will last for a much longer time.
Dental Sealants - Starting at $30 per Tooth
Dental sealants are used to prevent tooth decay. Our dentists will simply apply a layer of dental sealant to cover the surface of the tooth. This procedure is recommended for individuals who have deep grooves in their teeth that may require protection from plaque.
Want to learn more about common dental procedures and which ones are applicable to you? Call 754-354-0363, and our experienced specialists will guide you every step of the way.