Overview of Prosthodontics Prices
Prosthodontics prices vary greatly depending on a variety of factors including:
- The materials used in the restoration
- Whether your dental prosthesis is provided by a cosmetic dentist or an actual prosthodontist
- The number of visits required to complete the installation and adjustment of the prosthesis
- The complexity of the procedure (dental implants are more challenging to place than crowns or bridges)
- The lab fees for creating custom dental prostheses (a master ceramist with decades of experience can justify charging more for high quality work)
- Whether temporary crowns or veneers are provided prior to the placement of the lab-fabricated versions
- The type of equipment used (the use of more modern computerized technology may be reflected in the cost of services)
- Whether the restoration is considered cosmetic or medically necessary (cosmetic treatments such as veneers are typically not covered by dental insurance)
- The area of the country where you live and what other local dentists are charging
This means it’s only possible to give a ballpark price range for commonly requested services. Here are some numbers that you may find helpful in determining prosthodontics costs. Prices shown below may still differ significantly in either direction based on the factors listed above.
Prosthodontics Prices Overview
A small metal filling may cost about $100, while a composite resin filling in the same location would cost as much as $200.
A porcelain inlay or overlay can vary in price from $600 to $1,200 depending on where it will be placed and how much damage it is intended to restore.
A full crown made of porcelain is usually somewhere in the $800 to $900 price range, while a porcelain crown with a metal base is slightly more expensive. The cost of a gold alloy crown is usually over $1,000 (this can go up or down based on the current price of gold).
Dental composite bonding (tooth colored resin used to fix a chipped area in a tooth that is visible when you smile) may cost around $450 per tooth. The more complex the restoration and the more surfaces involved, the higher the price.
Veneers typically cost $1,000 to $1,400 each. Prosthodontics prices for veneering multiple teeth in a single procedure often include a modest discount per tooth.
A bridge can cost from $500 to $1,200 depending on the type of bridge being used. This cost is only for the bridge itself and the prosthetic to replace the missing tooth. One tooth on each side of the lost tooth must be modified and restored with a crown as part of the bridge placement. The cost of these crowns is in addition to the price for the bridge itself.
Dental implants top the list in terms of prosthodontics costs. However, many patients feel the long lasting results are worth the higher investment. The cost for a single tooth replacement may vary from $1,500 to $3,000. Double check what’s included when you get a quote for this type of treatment. Prices listed in advertisements may be only for the post and the abutment – in which case the cost of the crown could potentially add $800 dollars or more to the total price.