Worried About Your Bad Teeth? Consider These Correction Techniques

Poor teeth are an aesthetic and health problem that may even cost you a job. If you have one or more severely damaged teeth, the following three surgeries are among the most popular and effective teeth correction techniques available.

Root Canal

The infamous "root canal" is a procedure that requires filling the damaged areas of your tooth with a rubber-cement type material that seals the cracks, improves your smile, and helps hold your tooth in place. A corrective crown is then placed on top to eliminate any signs of repair.

One of the major advantages of root canals is its cost: it can cost as little as $700-$900 per surgery. And according to TheNest.com, many dental insurance policies will cover 40 to 80 percent of a root canal surgery.

Dental Implants

For many people, dental implants are the best and the quickest way to repair their teeth. There are two major types: endosteal implants, which include implanting teeth directly into the jaw, and subperiosteal implants, which are attached to a metal frame.

Dental implants offer you the chance to preserve the shape of your face and your smile, while also preserving your overall dental health. Unfortunately, they can cost as much as $4000. If you're looking for a low-cost solution to dental implants, some dental schools will also offer you discounted rates, though these vary depending on the school. 

Porcelain Veneers

One of the most popular teeth correction techniques is porcelain veneers. This simple protective shell fits over the gaps and imperfections in your teeth, creating a hard surface that protects against further damage. Porcelain veneers offer a wide range of benefits, including increased sturdiness, scratch- and stain-resistance, as well as a long life: they can often last as 10 years, if they are properly maintained via tooth brushing and regular reparation dental visits.

One of the major disadvantages of porcelain veneers lay in their price: the average cost is somewhere between $800-$3,000 per tooth. And many insurances won't cover elective porcelain veneers. However, if your dentist declares that porcelain veneers are medically necessary to save your tooth, insurance may at least partially cover their cost.

Now that you know a little bit more about these surgeries, it's time to choose the one that is right for you. Root canals are great if you have insurance, implants are great if you have a lot of damaged teeth, while porcelain veneers are incredibly sturdy. Talk to a dental surgeon (such as Dr. Paul Goodman) carefully before making the decision.