Oral Surgery Costs and Prices
How much will it cost me?
If your instinctive response is “too much,” you aren’t alone. Oral surgery is surgery. That means it gathers medical expertise along with top technology and all that modern medicine entails. Part of this is, unfortunately, costs that continue to trend upward. Because of this, prices can change dramatically over time, and usually in the wrong direction.
The following table was gathered from information available in early 2012. It reflects average prices for a range of procedures in a few representative cities. It isn’t meant to give a solid figure for any particular situation, but rather a ball-park figure.
|Intake consult/physical exam||$50 -$100||$80 - $125||$80 - $125||$90 - $120|
|Teeth cleaning (oral surgeon)||$35 -$85||$100 - $125||$80 - $100||$85 - $110|
|Porcelain crowns||$900 - $1,500||$1,025 - $1,300||$860 - $1,100||$870 - $1,100|
|Root Canal||$600 - $900||$700 - $1,500||$600 - $1,000||$600 - $1,200|
|Surgical Tooth Extraction||$200 - $500||$150 - $350||$250 - $300||$250 - $300|
|General Anesthesia (per unit)||$200 - $300||$200 - $250||$200 - $260|
|Implant||$2,800 - $4,000||$2,300 - $3,700||$2,400 - $3,700|
Note: These figures are spot checks for major metropolitan areas; they do not include associated or incidental costs. For example, a root canal may include general surgery or not, it may be a single root or multiple, straightforward or complex – making the figures above very general.
Getting an estimate for your area
The most accurate pricing information for a particular patient and condition comes with a clear diagnosis and treatment plan. Without knowing exactly what you are getting the price of, you’ll end up comparing apples and oranges. Each oral surgeon (or dentist) has the freedom to set their own pricing structure. They have to account for their overhead and other expenses, but within this range, fees differ based on experience, competition and other factors.
Even with a clear diagnosis and procedure in mind, you are likely to get an estimated price. Why? Because not all root canals are the same. Each patient presents a different problem. However, you shouldn’t be shy about mentioning prices, especially if you will be paying a large portion (or all) of the bill. Dental professionals understand that oral surgery costs are an important issue to consider and will be upfront in discussing prices and options with you. You can ask for a range, as long as you understand that anything unexpected (longer anesthesia, an unforeseen problem) could increase the price, and sometimes substantially.
In general, rural prices are less than in a metropolitan area, and cities where there is more competition will tend to keep prices down compared to cities where oral surgeons are scarcer. A general dentist will usually charge less than an oral surgeon for the same procedure.
When shopping for the right provider for your dental procedure, remember that you are the consumer. You have options and choices about where to spend your money.
Elaine Swingle, DMD, FAGD, of Great Smiles in Westfield, New Jersey, gives us a great tip on finding a good dental professional. Dr. Swingle advises, "I tell people who are moving away to a new area to find a periodontist (the specialist who treats gum disease and does implants) and get a recommendation for a family dentist there." The reason this works is because periodontists see patients from all the dentists in the area and know who produces the best results.