The cost of a dental inlay or onlay depends on a variety of factors, including the dentist’s level of training and the material used. Dental onlay cost is typically similar to an inlay. However, these restorations tend to be larger and may cost slightly more. Treatment cost generally ranges from $650 to $1,200 per tooth, with an average price of $900. Most insurance plans cover some or all of the costs associated with inlay and onlay procedures since these treatments are designed to restore damaged teeth to health.
Important Factors to Consider
Extent of Treatment
Although pricing is an important factor to take into account if you have been told you need an inlay or onlay, the experience of the dentist you are considering is equally, if not more, important. The placement of inlays and onlays is technique-sensitive and requires the expertise of a skilled dentist to produce satisfactory results. If placed improperly, an inlay or onlay can interfere with a patient’s bite, resulting in the need for additional dental work.
Location of Practice and Lab
While most patients undergo inlay and onlay placement with only local anesthesia, some prefer to be sedated during the procedure, especially if they have dental anxiety. Dental sedation will add to the overall price of your treatment and may not be covered by insurance.
Since inlays and onlays are used to treat the effects of decay or trauma, dental insurance typically covers most or all of patients’ treatment cost. A patient with a reasonably good insurance policy can usually expect to pay between $10 and $50 for a gold inlay or onlay, and between $40 and $100 for a porcelain or composite resin restoration.
Restore Your Smile
In many cases, inlays and onlays can save teeth from more extensive damage or even extraction. During a consultation, your dentist can explain the cost of your treatment options and work with your insurance company to maximize your coverage.
- American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
- Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
- International Team for Implantology (ITI)
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