If you live with noticeable and embarrassing dental issues, such as crooked, damaged, decayed, or discolored teeth, you have access to several dental restoration options. You no longer have to live with being unhappy because of the appearance of your teeth. Modern cosmetic dentistry treatments can fix any oral problems, and the costs vary depending on the dental restoration type you choose. Below, we break down the several dental restoration types and their prices.
What Is Dental Restoration?
Dental restoration refers to a procedure performed to restore the aesthetics and natural functioning of your teeth. Restorations also involve replacing missing teeth or parts of your tooth structure or structures that can't be saved. This helps to prevent decay that may cause you pain in the future.
Types of Dental Restoration and Price
Before a dental restoration procedure, your dentist will first determine the condition of your tooth and the severity of the damage and advise on the best dental restoration option. That’s why it's recommended to go for dental checkups at least once a year so that dental issues can be detected early and fixed.
There are several dental restoration procedures offered by dentists:
If you suffer from tooth decay, you're likely to develop cavities, which can be painful. Tooth decay occurs when the food particles in your mouth are converted to acids by the bacteria living there. The acids eat away at the tooth enamel and eventually the inner layers of your teeth.
If left untreated, tooth decay digs deep into your tooth until it reaches the pulp chambers, leaving the nerve and pulp exposed to bacteria. In the long run, you’ll be forced to do a root canal or tooth extraction to fix the problem.
Fillings offer a minimally invasive treatment to decays and cavities. The procedure involves your dentist removing the damaged or decayed parts and filling the cavity. The fillings are available in different materials, including silver amalgam, metals like gold and silver, and composite resin.
Composite resin is more popular since it has the same color as natural teeth, making it less noticeable. Dental fillings can also be used to even out tooth surfaces for better chewing or biting.
The Cost of Cavity Filling
Dental fillings differ in price depending on the material used. A composite filling costs more because it's designed to look exactly like your tooth. Silver fillings are more affordable. The cost will also depend on where it is in the mouth, the size of the cavity, and how difficult it is to access.
Generally, the cost may range from $100-$500.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps or covers used to protect badly damaged teeth. A crown covers the tooth completely and is used to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth with significant structural impairment.
Crowns are used to protect:
Tooth after root canal
Worn down tooth
Weak or fractured teeth
Teeth with cavities that are too large for dental fillings
The specialist dentist who installs crowns is called a prosthodontist. Crowns take a long process that may involve sending an impression to the lab, where your crown will be made. There are several types of crowns, including:
Stainless steel crowns
The Cost of Crowns
Crowns cost anywhere between $600-$3,000, depending on the type of crown. Porcelain crowns are the most expensive, while porcelain-fused-to-metal are on the lower end.
Implants are small anchoring posts that replace the tooth root, hence helping to preserve bone health and dental alignment. They are made of metal, usually, titanium or a titanium mixture, and are used to hold replacement teeth like crowns or bridges in place.
Implants look and feel like natural teeth and can help improve your speech and bite. Oral surgeons or periodontists handle the procedure, and dental implants can last a lifetime.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Implants involve an extensive process, making them the most expensive dental restoration types. On average, implants will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $,6000 per tooth, depending on your expected outcomes.
A bridge is used to cover a gap left by missing teeth. It combines several dental crowns – usually three to four. A bridge can replace a single tooth or an entire row of teeth and is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth with crowns, dental implants, or metal anchors.
Bridges are made from several materials like gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination. The procedure can be done by a general dentist or prosthodontist.
The Cost of Bridges
Dental bridges are costly, with prices starting from $2,000. Insurance typically covers around 50 percent of the cost.
If you have multiple teeth missing, dentures offer the best solution to replace them. You may have lost your teeth due to injury, gum disease, or tooth decay. There are complete dentures that replace all the teeth and partial dentures that are used when parts of natural teeth remain.
You can opt for one of three denture types:
Conventional dentures. These are removable. They are inserted after some months once the remaining teeth are removed, and the surrounding tissues have healed.
An immediate denture is also removable. It's inserted the same day the last of your teeth are removed.
Overdenture is a type of denture used when some teeth are still remaining.
The Cost of Dentures
Partial dentures can cost between $900-$1,500, while you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,500-$2,000 for a full denture.
Your dentist will usually recommend the best dental restoration type for your oral health. Most of these procedures aren’t cheap, and your first option is to access your dental insurance. Generally, insurance may cover up to 50 percent of the cost of restorative dentistry procedures.