About how much do you pay for dental treatment?

Q: About how much do you pay for dental treatment?

Even when you do have coverage, it may be too expensive to use. It’s common to have a copay to visit the dentist, then have to pay a percentage of the bill as well. It’s also common for the insurance to only cover certain types of procedures. In my case, I have a $50 copay, which means I give the dentist $50 when I go in to see her – but my insurance only covers “preventative” procedures (like cleanings), so I may later receive a bill for a procedure that was either not covered at all, or only covered in part. As an example, a few years ago, a filling I got when I was a child fell out. I needed to have it replaced. My insurance does not cover fillings, so I paid the $50 copay to visit the office, then also had to pay $500 for the filling. 

In some states, dental coverage is provided by the state for all children up to a certain age. This is because many dental diseases can cause disease in other areas of the body (for example, gum disease can lead to heart disease), so the state steps in to fill the gap in insurance. But this coverage is only the most basic and covers ONLY things like dental x-rays, fluoride treatment and cleaning.