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What should you expect to pay at the dentist?

What should you expect to pay at the dentist?


In this short article, I am going to try to uncover the myth about the fees that you get charged at the dentist. In our open economy, every dentist is free to determine the fees they want to charge. So how do we determine the fees?

Dental procedure fees are determined by several factors, including the dentist’s level of training and experience, the geographic location of the practice, supply and demand dynamics in the local area. Ultimately, the dentist sets the fees for each procedure.

When you are choosing your office, ask yourself: what is the most important factor for me to decide on which office to go to? If you want amazing customer service, a highly trained dental team, top-notch technology, and a desirable location be prepared to spend more.

Dental procedures can be expensive, and the cost of these procedures varies greatly depending on the type of procedure and the location. In Los Angeles, dental procedures can range from routine checkups to complex surgeries, with prices that reflect the complexity of the treatment. So, what are the acceptable fees for common dental procedures?

1. Teeth Cleaning: A routine teeth cleaning procedure in Los Angeles can cost anywhere from $75 to $200. This procedure is typically covered by dental insurance and is essential for maintaining oral health. Let me clarify that some patients might need more than routine cleaning. The common term for that procedure is deep cleaning, which requires more time and dedication from your Hygienist. The deep cleaning cost in Los Angeles can vary from $500-$2000.

2. Fillings: Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures and can range from $100 to $500. The cost of fillings will depend on the size and location of the filling, as well as the material used. In our office, we use only tooth-colored materials to deliver safe and aesthetic results. I like to tell my patients that best dentistry is less dentistry. Dental fillings are the least expensive procedures in dentistry that can restore your tooth and protect from more expensive treatment needs in the future.

3. Dental Crowns: Crowns are commonly used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth and can cost anywhere from $800 to $3,000. The cost of a crown will depend on the type of crown used, the location of the tooth, and the complexity of the procedure. In our office, we use digital technology with no impressions. This allows us to deliver perfectly fitting no metal restoration same day. Only 10 % of dental offices are currently using this technology. The traditional methods include impression-taking and fabrication with physical models. This method takes about two weeks and can be flawed due to shrinkage of impression materials, model-making or impression-taking process.

4. Root Canals: Root canals are used to treat a damaged or infected tooth and can cost anywhere from $700 to $2,500. The cost of a root canal will depend on the complexity of the procedure and the location of the tooth. Please keep in mind that after getting root canal treatment, you will most likely need a crown restoration to protect what is left of your tooth.

5. Implants: Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000. The cost of an implant will depend on the type of implant used, the number of teeth being replaced, and the complexity of the procedure. I know this is a wide range, but getting an implant can take about 1 year and might involve several procedures.

In conclusion, dental procedures can be expensive, but there are several options available to help offset the cost. Our office works with all dental PPO plans and will work alongside you to help you maximize your benefits. Dental savings plans and payment plans are just a few other options available. It is always best to discuss your options with your dentist and compare prices before undergoing any dental procedure.