As you can see from the table, below, there’s a wide cost range for most item numbers. Charges vary for many reasons, including the surgery overheads, the expertise of the practitioner and the time it takes. Even a single item number can be charged differently by the same dentist: a filling on one surface may be particularly large or hard to access, for example, and require more time; or if you’re having several fillings done at once there may be a discount (because it takes less time than doing each as a single filling).
The best way to avoid high dental charges is to look after your teeth: brush twice daily, floss, and go for regular check-ups.
What does a ‘check-up and clean’ cost?
If you add the price of a check-up (item 011 for a first visit, or 012 for a subsequent visit) and clean (114), you’re looking at an average of $119.79 or $123.26.
However, you’re also likely to get a couple of x-rays (2 x 022 = $70.46) if you haven’t had them in the last couple of years, and fluoride treatment (121 = $27.96), taking the total cost to around $220.