How Much Does Emergency Dental Care Cost?

If you’re looking to fix a broken tooth or teeth, replace a missing or cracked tooth or you simply want to figure out why your mouth hurts so bad and you don’t want to wait a few weeks to be seen – you’re going to need an emergency dentist or oral surgeon to help you figure it out.

How much your visit to an emergency dentist might cost will ultimately be determined by the issue(s) in your mouth and if you have dental insurance. We’ve broken down the most common emergency dental procedures below by cost to help you figure out exactly how much you should expect to pay if you’re not currently covered by dental insurance.

Dental Exam

Many dentists or dental chains will offer these for free as a lead generation tool.

Cost Range: Free to $150

Teeth (Cavity) Fillings

Cavities happen, getting that tooth filled can stop pain and can help prevent more serious oral health issues.

Cost Range: $125 to $275

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are designed to fit over existing teeth facing cracking or damage issues above the gum line. Think veneers, but more of a cap that can reinforce and protect damaged teeth. 

Cost Range: $500 to $1,000 and up

Tooth Extraction

Damaged or rotten teeth need to be removed. This is often done in coordination with dental implants, but not always.

Cost Range: $125 to $275

Root Canal

If the root of a tooth is infected, a root canal can be used to solve the problem and potentially even let you avoid a complete tooth extraction.

Cost Range: $600 to $1,000

Emergency dental care can help you alleviate extreme pain in the short term, but sometimes these fixes will be temporary, needing more specialized cosmetic dentistry procedures to address the issue long term.

In addition to the top emergency dental care options above, we’ve compiled a general list of cosmetic dentistry procedures and their costs below as well.

Dental Implants

By far the most expensive option, dental implants are design to replace a missing tooth and or full set of teeth. Dental implants are connected directly to the jaw and have fantastic success rates and will last for years, if not your lifetime. 

Cost Range: $1,000 to $3,000 and up.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are what they sound like, thin covers for your teeth. They are permanently attached to your existing teeth and give you a mouthful of beautifully white teeth customized to your wildest dreams! 

Cost Range: $250 to $1,500 and up, especially if you’re adding bling 😉

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves a cosmetic dentist using “dental putty” to fill in cracks and shape damaged teeth. Once hardened, the putty is shaped and polished to your liking. 

Cost Range: $100 to $500 and up


Gingivectomy, The greek or scientific word for gum disease (not really), basically fixes the gaps or space that can occur between your teeth and gums if not treated. 

Cost Range: $200 to $400 per tooth

Gum Countouring

Gum countouring evens out your gum line so it doesn’t look like the rocky mountains. This may also be necessary to fix other issues related to gum disease. 

Cost Range: $50 to $3,000 and up

Gum Grafting

Think of gum grafting like cosmetic surgery for your gums, and is used to treat more advanced cases of gum recession. 

Cost Range: $500 to $1,500 per tooth area.


Dentures are removable teeth that can cover partial of whole portions of the mouth. They are considerably less expensive than dental implants for missing teeth and a good alternative.

Cost Range: $500 to $5,000 and up per arch (top/bottom of mouth).

New advancements in dental technology are leading to more cost savings and efficiencies all the time. Make sure to do your homework on your local emergency dentists with reviews and costs. Remember cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to having dental work done!