How Much Does a Dental Teeth Cleaning Cost?
Teeth cleaning is a routine procedure done at a dentist office. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you get your teeth cleaned at least every six months and have an x-ray done once a year. During this procedure, a dental hygienist will brush, floss and scrape away any plaque in between the teeth. The cost of a cleaning will vary depending on the dentist, the location, your insurance and if any other procedures need to be done.
How much is it?
- On average, a standard dental cleaning is going to range anywhere from $70 to $175 for a basic cleaning that does not include x-rays.
- A deep cleaning is an extensive cleaning that is more in depth than a regular cleaning. This cleaning can cost upwards of $150 to $450 per quadrant. There are 4 quadrants in the mouth that include upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.
- If you have dental insurance, check with your insurance company to see what is covered. Some policies may completely cover the cleaning, while others may require to pay your deductible.
- According to this City-Data.com forum thread, users had stated that they paid anywhere from $75 to as much as $300 for a cleaning. The cost of a basic cleaning greatly varied by geographical location.
What are the extra costs?
- If x-rays are needed before the cleaning begins, this can add an additional $35 to $75 onto the visit. Bite wing x-rays are going to cost more than panoramic dental x-rays. See: “How much do panoramic x rays cost?“
- If a deep cleaning is required, a small anesthetic may be administered if you have sensitive gums.
- Fluoride treatments can cost anywhere from $25 to $40 extra if chosen or needed.
- If a cavity is suspected or other work has to be done in the next couple weeks, the cost of each procedure will greatly vary depending on what needs to be done. One of the most common problems found during a routine cleaning is a cavity.
What is going to be included?
- During a cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any tartar or plaque build up on the teeth. After any build up has been removed, the hygienist will proceed to brush and floss your teeth. The dentist will have a final look to make sure that everything looks okay or to let you know what work may have to potentially be done.
How can I save money?
- If you are looking for a new dentist office, many have new patient specials that range from getting a free teeth whitening session to getting half off your first cleaning. Discount coupon sites such as Groupon are a great place to look for discounted first time cleaning deals.
- Consider paying up front in cash during your next visit. Most dentist offices are more than happy to offer a discount to those that pay cash.
- Check with a local resident dental school to see if they offer cleanings at a discounted rate. Although done by students, the cleaning will be supervised by a professional.
- You don’t need to have your teeth cleaned every six months. Instead, let them know that you want to have it done on an annual basis.
- DentalPlans.com offers a variety of plans in your area that can save you more than 60% on your cleanings. In fact, some check ups are even free with some of the plans listed on their site.