How Much Does a Dental Visit Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

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A dental visit is recommended at least every six months, and the cost of a visit will depend on the dentist office, if insurance is involved and if more than a routine cleaning is needed.

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How much does a dental visit cost?

The price of a dentist visit only, without any procedures, can cost $50 to $80 without dental insurance, but if you were to need treatment of some sort, then the costs will increase depending on what needs to be performed.  In some cases, if you were a repeat customer, then a consultation may be free if you were looking to have a certain procedure performed.

Refer our table below to see the average treatment could cost at your local dentist office.  These costs are an average for both adult and pediatric dentists.

TreatmentAverage Cost (without insurance)
Checkup w/ exam, x-ray and cleaning$125 to $250
Crowns$350 to $850, depending on type
Extraction$75 to $300 for non-surgical to $200 to $700 when utilizing anesthesia
Fillings$50 to $250, depending on filling type
Implants$1,000 to $3,000
Root Canal$125 to $200 per exposed root
X-rays$25 to $200

According to AuthorityDental.org, a basic dental exam can cost $50 to $200; however, be prepared to spend more if it were your first visit due to the cleaning and/or x-rays.  If you needed an exam due to a problem then other treatments may be necessary, increasing the costs.

Dental visit overview

Your first visit to the dentist will involve a full history examination, examination of the mouth, followed by a thorough cleaning and x-rays.  The thorough cleaning, almost always done via a hygienist, will include scraping along the gumline, removing built-up plaque, polishing your teeth and flossing.  After, the dentist will be able to examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of disease and/or related problems.  If any problems appear to be potentially serious, then he or she will recommend a treatment option.

How can I save money?

Instead of paying upwards of $50 per month for dental insurance, consider low-cost dental discount plans.  A majority of these plans, for example, can be found on comparison sites such as DentalPlans.com and can save you more than 50 percent on your procedure.

If you are going to a new dentist, try your best to find one that is offering special offers.  This is a great way to potentially take advantage of a low-cost exam.

Ask for a group discount.  If you are going to bring in a family, see if they can offer any sort of discount.

Many dentists offer discounts to patients who meet certain income requirements or you can check with the local state health department to see if they can point you in the right direction.  If on Medicaid, children, in all states, are covered via the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit.  The benefits for adults will vary from state to state.

Check out deal websites such as Groupon.com to find low-cost dental options in your area.

Dental schools are a great source to save up to 70 percent off of a procedure.  While it may seem risky, the students will always be supervised by a certified dentist.  If you’re thinking about going this route, however, be sure to call the dental school ahead of time as many schools have a rather long waiting list.


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  1. Kay (st louis,  Missouri) paid $ and said:

    I paid $168 for the dentist to tell me I had a scratch on my gums and it was not infected.

    Was it worth it? No

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