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The Most Expensive Dental Procedures


Like most healthcare fields, dentistry can provide for some pretty expensive procedures. Of course, many are covered by dental insurance, especially those that are preventive or medically necessary to correct health problems and reverse dangerous oral issues. Really good insurance may even cover procedures like wisdom tooth removal that are not necessarily mandatory, but are generally considered par for the course. However, there are a whole slew of dental treatments that are out-of-pocket expenses, for one reason or another. Here are just a few that you may want to try to avoid if at all possible.
1.       Bleaching. This doesn't have to be expensive; it doesn't even necessarily require professional help to undertake. Anyone can get whitening strips, gel, mouthwash, or toothpaste on the cheap ($5-$50), although they'll be lucky to see even one shade of whitening in the process. However, those that prefer expedience and more definite results will almost certainly consider professional grade bleaching procedures like custom trays or laser whitening. The former will generally set you back a few hundred bucks while the latter could cost as much as a grand.
2.       Orthodontia. Everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile these days, but this cosmetic procedure will certainly set you back. Braces not only require a pretty serious time commitment (you're probably looking at a couple of years minimum), but they can also take a chunk out of your bank account, costing anywhere from $4,000-$10,000. And good luck getting your insurance provider to cover even a dime of the expense; orthodontia is generally considered an unnecessary procedure and is therefore outside the purview of most dental insurance policies.
3.       Veneers. Yet another cosmetic procedure, veneers are like braces and whitening rolled into one. But with ease of use comes a high price tag. Sure you can get a brand new smile in one visit, but walking in with a mouthful of monster teeth and walking out with a perfect smile will set you back anywhere from about $1,000-$2,000 per tooth. And while most veneers are more or less guaranteed to last for about ten years without mishap (barring unusual treatment), you will have to replace them at some point (and pay the attendant cost).
4.       Gum surgery. Also known as periodontal surgery, this one is a real doozy. While it is generally reserved for cases in which the gum line is receding (and thereby exposing teeth to an increased likelihood of sensitivity and decay), it may also fall under the category of cosmetic surgery (for those that simply want the appearance of smaller teeth or patients that are looking to laser away a section of their gums in order to make teeth look larger). And since healthy gums are a prerequisite for many other cosmetic techniques, you may have to foot the bill here in order to get the whitening or straightening you desire. This will cost you upwards of $2K per quadrant of gum "restoration", although in medical cases a portion may be covered by insurance.
5.       Dental implants. This is by far the most expensive dental procedure around, mainly because it's almost never as simple as pulling a tooth and replacing it with an implant. Often, it also necessitates bone or gum restoration as part of the process, and if the tooth is in a difficult location (they're never up front, are they?) the price will also go up. But since you need your chompers to chew, you're looking at anywhere from about $1,500-$3,000 per tooth, although you could end up spending as much as thirty large in the process. You don't need a masters education online to know that you're much better off practicing proper dental care and going in for regular cleanings as a way to avoid these pricy problems.

1 comment:

wisdom tooth extraction said...

If you were gonna spent money, make sure they deliver good and nice service.

Even though expensive at least you are paying worthy.

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