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How to know what’s the Right Price for Dental Procedures

Monday - November 25th, 2019
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Finding a competitive price for your dental procedure can be difficult due to a lack of pricing transparency. We are here to help you find the right competitive price for your dental care along with financing options and preventative measures you can take.

Are you confused by the costs of dental procedures? When it comes to healthcare costs, it’s hard to be a smart consumer because there is a lack of price transparency by the providers. Especially since it’s important to know if the dental procedure you are quoted for is being quoted at a competitive price. Dental plans take the confusion out of dental care by making it easy to view pricing for common dental procedures. Here are other ways to know if you are getting the right price for a dental procedure and tips on keeping your dental costs low.

How can you budget for dental care?

Don’t be tempted to put off dental care even when faced with an unplanned dental procedure. If you do, the cost for treatment could end up being much higher as the problem gets more severe without early intervention. Most dental insurances only cover preventative care in full, such as dental exams and cleanings, leaving you with out-of-pocket expenses for dental procedures such as crowns and root canals. Dental insurance plans also have an annual cap, so you might be in a situation where you are close to exceeding your cap.

The first step to budget for dental care is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s never wise to avoid going to the dentist because you didn’t budget for the expense. When you don’t take preventative care of your teeth and gums, more serious oral (and general) health issues can erupt over time. Be sure you see your dentist twice a year for an exam and teeth cleaning. This is one of the best ways to avoid serious oral health issues. Even if you don’t have insurance, dental exams and cleanings are much less expensive then dental procedures.

A thing to note, children covered under Medicaid do get comprehensive dental benefits through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, adults aren’t covered. Additionally, Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care or most dental procedures.

Why are there different prices for dental procedures?

There can be wide variations in prices for the same dental procedures from different providers. Individual dental practices set prices for their offices based on market prices and the costs of doing business. These costs include rent, salaries, insurance, supplies and more. Unfortunately, most dental practices don’t publish a list of prices to make it easy for you to compare. Here are some tips on how to verify that the price you were quoted is competitive and fair for the dental procedures you require:

How can you help keep dental costs down?

How you do control the costs of your dental care? While many of the variables that impact the pricing for dental services are out of your control, there are things you can do to keep your dental care affordable:


At Bright Now! Dental, we know that it’s hard to know if you are being charged a fair price for dental services. We are here to help! We can provide options so you are prepared if you face an unexpected dental procedure. One of the best things you can do is be proactive with your dental care, so be sure to schedule your next appointment today!