Posts for: September, 2015

How Much for an Extraction?

The time and difficulty involved in extracting a tooth can vary from A to Z. Teeth that can be removed with minimal time and instrumentation are called  "simple extractions". Extractions that are more complex, requiring more time, expertise, instrumentation, and post-op care are called "surgical extractions". Wisdom teeth can be simple or surgical, but often they are "impacted", that is, submerged below the gum and embedded in bone.  The cost of extracting an impacted wisdom tooth depends on the degree of difficulty. 

The cost range (2015) for extractions

Simple Extraction:$136

Surgical Extraction:$270

Impacted Wisdom Tooth: $320--$425

Unfortunately, we cannot determine which type of extraction you might need over the phone.  It requires a dental exam and X-ray.  This allows us to assess when (today or another day) and where (here or other DDS/oral surgeon) the tooth may be extracted.


September 15, 2015
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How Much for a Filling?

Not all cavities or broken teeth can be fixed by only a filling.  Many require crowns and sometimes even root canals.  The cost of a filling depends on its size and location.  We use tooth colored composite resin (not silver amalgam) for all our fillings.  

The cost range (2015) for our most common dental restorations

Fillings: $128--$260

Crowns: $800--$1200

Root Canals: $640--$800

Unfortunately, we cannot determine which type of restoration you might need to fix your tooth over the phone.  It requires a dental exam and X-ray.

This allows us to assess what is needed to get your tooth back into good condition.


How Much to Clean My Teeth?

This is like asking "how much to clean my house?". It depends.  How many rooms?  How long has it been since the last cleaning?  What are the condition of the rooms?  Do the carpets simply need to be vacuumed or do they require deep cleaning with shampoo and stain remover?  The cost of cleaning your teeth or your house depends on the time and difficulty involved. 

Cleanings fall into three categories:

For healthy patients with good oral hygiene, a simple cleaning (prophylaxis) is most suitable.

For heavier stain and build-up but not yet gum disease, we would do a "debride cleaning" which includes some local anesthetic numbing and more chair time (still one visit only). 

If there is gum disease (bleeding gums, deep pocket measurements between the gum and tooth. loss of supporting bone), it requires non-surgical periodontal treatment (deep cleaning) which is done with local anesthetic numbing by quadrant over multiple visits.

The cost range (2015) for cleanings

Adult prophy: $82

Debride Cleaning: $164

Perio treatment (deep cleaning): $225/quadrant

Unfortunately, we cannot determine which type of cleaning you might need  over the phone.  It requires a dental exam and X-rays. This allows us to assess what is needed to get your teeth clean and healthy.