What Should I Be Paying for Dental Work?

If you have ever called dentist in your area asking this question you have probably had a wide range of prices quoted to you. This article will help you find out exactly what you’ll be paying for.

Knowing What You’re Paying for with Fillings

Filling prices are determined by size, the material used, and where the filling is located in the mouth. Amalgam (silver filling material) used to be put in all back teeth. In its day, amalgam was a great option because it was inexpensive and strong enough to hold up to the force of chewing.


Because there is mercury in amalgam, there was a need for an alternative. Earlier, tooth-colored fillings weren’t strong enough to withstand the force of chewing. However, with improvements in materials, tooth-colored fillings work as well as amalgam. Most dental offices are moving away from amalgam fillings today.


We can now use tooth-colored filling material in both front teeth and back teeth, though the new material is a little more expensive than amalgam. Make sure when price hunting that you know what you are paying for.

Price and Material Variances for Dental Crowns

Crown prices are determined mostly by material used. Prices can range from $500-1000. Though gold crowns used to be common, they aren’t used much anymore because of the price of gold. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM) became more popular. They look nicer and are a good alternative to gold. However, PFMs aren’t the best option for front teeth. The metal makes to tooth look fake and looks dark along the gum line.


Now, full-porcelain crowns are offered at most dental offices. They are beautiful and look like natural teeth. These can be used on front teeth as well as back teeth. With the price of metal today, you might not find much difference in cost between PFMs and all-porcelain crowns. Though cheaper metals are being used to keep the costs down, they typically have a negative effect on the health of gums.

Additional Cost Factors that Go into Dental Crowns

The price of crowns is also determined by the lab fee. Labs are very important in manufacturing your crown. A crown that is manufactured well will last for many years if it is taken care of and cleaned well. To get a well-made crown, you will pay a little more. The labs that we work with have been around for many years, giving them the experience needed to create great products.


These factors make it hard to give an accurate quote over the phone. As you’re shopping around, keep in mind that not all dental work is created equal. If you come across a price that sounds too good to be true, ask more questions. Ultimately, you get what you pay for.


If you have any further questions call Hyde Park Dental at (435)-787-4444!

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