When you face a dental emergency, the first thing that goes through your mind might be something like, “I’m in pain and need help.” However, the second thing might be, “I wonder how much this is going to cost me.” Some people even hold back from getting emergency treatment because they are concerned about its price — but that is a mistake! On this page, you’ll learn about some of the factors that go into determining how much it costs to address a dental emergency and why you shouldn’t hesitate to visit your dentist for prompt treatment.
One of the biggest determining factors for the cost of treating a dental emergency is, of course, the type of emergency. If you just need some antibiotics, you will likely pay less than if you require an extensive or complex procedure. Really, there is no way to know how much your treatment will cost before a dentist is able to evaluate the situation, determine the extent of the damage, and discuss your treatment options with you.
You might have a few different options when it comes to emergency treatment. For example, it might be possible to address a broken or infected tooth with either root canal therapy or an extraction. An extraction might cost less upfront, but it may be more expensive in the long-term due to the price of tooth replacement. Root canal therapy has a higher upfront cost, but it is generally better for oral health. You may have to decide on other factors involved in your treatment as well. For example, you might choose to be sedated.
Our team will discuss all of your treatment options with you, including their pros, cons, and prices, so you can make a fully informed decision.
Emergency dentistry is certainly worth the investment. If you try to ignore your dental problem or delay treatment for more than a few days, you give the issue the opportunity to worsen. The worse it gets, the more expensive treatment is likely to be. Seeking treatment as soon as possible may help to mitigate the cost of your appointment.
You’ll need to check your specific policy to find out how it applies to the treatments involved in emergency dentistry. Most types of insurance cover at least 50% of the cost of major services, such as root canal therapy. Our team will help you navigate your dental benefits and use them in the most advantageous way possible.