Are Emergency Dentists More Expensive? Costs of Common Dental Emergencies

are emergency dentists more expensive

Are emergency dentists more expensive than your regular dentist? The cost of dental treatment is often the same whether your tooth pain is an emergency or you schedule a visit ahead of time. If your pain or tooth decay is severe enough that you need an emergency dentist, you may need intensive, expensive treatment. Keep reading to discover the average treatment costs for common dental emergencies.

Do You Need an Emergency Dentist?

If you’re experiencing periodic sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, tell your dentist at your next appointment. However, you need to schedule an emergency appointment when:

  • Your tooth pain is unbearable
  • A tooth has fallen out or is loose
  • You fracture a tooth or teeth due to a fall or other tooth trauma
  • You’ve lost a filling or a crown

Emergency Dental Procedures and Costs

When you need to visit an emergency dentist, the treatment plan for the visit will usually require a filling, crown, root canal, or extraction.

Cavity Fillings

If you lose an existing filling from an earlier tooth restoration or need an emergency cavity filling, you can expect a cost of about $100 to $250 per filling.

Dentists will use more expensive composite fillings on front teeth and teeth that are more visible. A silver amalgam filling is a lower-cost option that a dentist may use in lower-visibility parts of your smile, like the back molars.


Porcelain crowns are trustworthy dental restorations, but a bite down on something hard or a blow to the face can knock them loose. The cost of a replacement crown will range from about $500 to $3,000. At the lower end of that range are metal crowns, and at the higher end are all-porcelain crowns.

Root Canal

Root canal therapy is necessary when the infection of a decaying tooth reaches the pulp, or inner material, of your tooth. The average cost falls between $700 (front teeth) and $1,200 (molars).

Tooth Extraction

A tooth requires extraction when an infection is too severe for a root canal to repair. If a dentist or oral surgeon determines they need to extract a tooth, expect to pay between $75 and $200 (per tooth).

Dental Insurance

Your dental insurance coverage also determines the cost of diagnostic or medically necessary emergency dental service. Unfortunately, according to the American Dental Association, about one in three adults does not have dental insurance.

Emergency Dentist in Tampa, FL

Westchase Smiles Institute is one of the only emergency dentists in Tampa, FL. Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to handle dental emergencies.

Don’t live with terrible pain that will only get worse because you wonder, “Are emergency dentists more expensive?” If you need to visit an emergency dentist in Tampa, FL, call Westchase Smiles Institute at 813-920-9144.

If you prefer to speak to a team member please call (813) 920-9144

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My father was in town for my sister's wedding and had one of his front fillings come out two days before the wedding. Dr. Cesar Chilmaza was able to get him last minute and did an amazing job. My father said that he did a better job fixing it than the original filling! Not only did he do a great job, he and his staff we so friendly and knowledgeable and did everything in their power to help take care of him. Thanks to Dr. Cesar my sister's wedding photos won't be a disaster!
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