Cost of dentist’s visit?

2013.09.30

I haven’t been to the dentist in 3 years. I have been putting it off because I don’t have dental insurance, but I know I need to go. What is the cost of a dentist’s visit for a cleaning and exam? I know you can’t give me an exact cost for the dentist I choose but an average cost is okay. Thanks. Judy.

Judy – The cost of a dentist’s visit for an exam and cleaning can vary depending on whether a general cleaning or a deep cleaning is needed. Where you live in the country can also affect the cost.

If you don’t have dental insurance, the average national cost for a cleaning and exam is about $180. Of course, the cost can vary. If you need a deep cleaning, it’s more expensive—$400 to $1800.

You can call a few dental offices and inquire about the cost for an exam and cleaning without insurance, so you can plan in advance. You may also want to ask about your payment options.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Rough edge on porcelain veneer

2013.09.24

On the right side of my mouth, the third tooth from the front, there is a rough edge on the porcelain veneer. I noticed it about 3 weeks ago. I have had the veneers for 4 years. Is this normal? Thanks. Jan.

Jan – No, it’s not normal to have a rough edge on a porcelain veneer. But it can occur.

If veneers are polished at a dental office with abrasive instruments, or if acid fluoride treatments are used, the glaze on the veneers can break. The veneer will become porous and rough.

Biting hard objects, such as pins, nails, or bottles can cause the veneers to fracture.

Visit an expert cosmetic dentist to have your veneers examined. He or she will determine if your veneers can be polished, or if another treatment is appropriate.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek. Dr. Szarek is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentisty.

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