Agnostic asked in HealthDental · 1 decade ago

About how much does it cost to get a dental check up and work done on a cavity without insurance, please help?

My Fiancee is having major tooth pain, one of his molars has a huge cavity in it and it goes clear down to the root. He really needs to see a dentist, but heres the problem. He doesn't have benefits yet through his work, he has to wait 2 more months to get them but he can't wait that long because hes losing sleep over the pain in his mouth and he doesn't want the problem to get worse. Anyways, About how much would it cost to get a check up along with the work done, he will eather need a filling or maybe even a crown. Keep in mind he doesn't have insurance.

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  • 1 decade ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    If he's having trouble sleeping because of this tooth, a simple filling won't take care of the problem. It sounds as though he'll need a root canal (anywhere from $500-$1200) and then he'll need a crown on it ($600-$1000). The dental office can either do a limited exam where they will only look at the area that is bothering him and they will run around $50 and they will also need an x-ray of the area (around $30). If he wants a full exam, where they look at all his teeth that will be around $100 and then a full set of x-rays which is another $100. Prices will vary depending where you live in the country and which dentist you go to. Hope this answers your questions. Good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    The fee would have nothing to do with the existence of dental insurance. The out-of-pocket expense would be different, of course.

    Here's a thought and I have done this a few times. Your fiancee obviously needs to have a root canal treatment to save this tooth. If he doesn't want that, just go ahead and get the thing out now, because the pain is not worth the wait to save money. There is a procedure called "opening the tooth" where the pulp chamber is entered and any remnants of nerve tissue are removed. If a patient tells me that they are not sure if they want to have a root canal treatment or if they want the tooth removed, I will do this for them to get them out of pain. This lets them make the decision about which treatment they want without the pain forcing them to make their decision under duress. You can buy a couple of month's time this way. The charge for this would probably be less than the charge for an extraction. I imagine most dentists would do this for under $100. It would have to be paid out of pocket if it was done prior to dental insurance coverage. When the insurance kicks in in a couple of months, he can decide that he really wants to keep this tooth and go ahead and gte the root canal treatment. If you know what I mean.

    For the dentists among us, there IS an insurance code for this procedure, so I do not consider it to be fraud in any way. D3221-Gross pulpal debridement. We use it all the time when we open & refer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I can not tell you the price since you are not in the same area. But, I can tell you to look in the yellow pages for local dentist. Then get a sheet of paper and keep a record of which ones take patients with no insurance and which one don't. The dentist who do will be the ones who will give you a price quote of the work you need done. They will be able to tell you how much money you need to pay upfront and how much money you need for installments.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i recently paid $145 for a cleaning and one cavity in NJ

    you gotta call around though, prices vary alot. At the very least he can goto a E.R for pain, and they may give him some percocets to deal with pain until your insurance kicks in ((not recommended))

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