5 key points on dental care's overall cost: 108M Americans lack dental insurance


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Consumer Health compiled a list of statistics on the cost of dental care.

Here are five key points:

1. A Consumer Reports National Research Center survey found a root canal's average out-of-pocket cost totals $593 for insured patients.

2. A root canal's average out-of-pocket costs for patients lacking insurance or a discount program is $1,201.

3. Patients with insurance have an average out-of-pocket cost of $3,407 for traditional metal braces. This number jumps to $4,937 if patients lack insurance.

4. From 2000 to 2010, the number of hospital emergency department visits due to dental-related problems increased from 1.1 million to 2.1 million, according to an American Dental Association research brief.

5. Nearly 108 million Americans do not have dental insurance.

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