What is the cost of some of the more common dental procedures?  Here are some answers that may help you…

This is a common question that we get from people when they call the office.  How much is a crown?  How much are porcelain veneers? Invisalign?  Of course there is no absolute answer.  For example, is the tooth a front tooth or a back tooth?  Is it one tooth that has to matched in the front to all the other front teeth?  Why does it need to be crowned? Is it hopeless to restore and does it need to be replaced be a dental implant?  Does it need an endodontic (root canal) procedure?  How is the surrounding soft tissue (gum)? Does the soft tissue have issues that need to be dealt with?  What is the occlusion on the tooth?  Did the occlusion (the bite) contribute to the problem?  If so, do we need to deal with the occlusion before we deal with the crown? Is there a need or wish to be sedated?  Are there other teeth that warrant treatment that the patient is not aware of?

So I hope you see that it is not an effort to obscure costs.  Accurate pricing over the phone is virtually impossible.  There are just too many factors involved.   A crown may cost anywhere from $1200 to $2500 depending on all the factors above.  And although a porcelain veneer has less porcelain because it covers a tooth 180 degrees instead of 360 degrees, the technical skills required are sometimes greater, and therefore the time spent on a veneer may be greater.  Typical costs for a porcelain veneer range from $850 to $1500. And Invisalign?…..there is a range here too.  There is no absolute.  Invisalign can cost anywhere from $3500 to $6500 with the average Invisalign case at $5000 depending on degree of difficulty.

Complete Smile Makeovers are another issue and certainly cannot be quoted.  The costs associated with this type of work is anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on number of teeth and the difficulty of the case. 

Shopping on the internet or calling around for pricing quotes is never a good idea. Cost alone is not the most important factor.  A poorly done crown in which the margin is not sealed will not last long.  A poorly done crown sometimes creates a scenario where not only the crown fails, but the follow-up work to correct the problem costs more than what it would of cost to have be done properly in the first place.