Some dental appointments may cost more than others, depending on what you are having done. Today, our Richmond Hill dentists explain some of the cost factors that go into a dental appointment.
The Cost of Dental Appointments
It’s not always easy to understand the pricing logic behind your dental cleaning appointment. Why do some appointments cost more than others? How can you make sure you’re not being overcharged? Here's what you need to know:
This type of appointment is for basic upkeep and maintenance. You should be coming in for a dental cleaning at our Richmond Hill office approximately every six months.
These appointments are basically preventative measures to clean your teeth and gums and look for any signs of danger. The costs associated with regular appointments should be predictable if you visit regularly.
On the other hand, if it’s been a long time since your last cleaning and you need some extra help, it might cost you extra. When there’s a lot of plaque buildup, your hygienists might need to use special tools during your teeth cleaning which could add a slight cost to your appointment.
If you come for a dental cleaning and your hygienist does deep scaling or root planing, it could increase the cost of your appointment. These treatments are usually required for patients who have excessive plaque build-up and are showing signs of gum disease. The good news is that if you take care of your teeth, you can prevent unexpected costs associated with treatment cleanings.
If you are getting other dental work done, such as getting a cavity filled or getting a chipped tooth repaired, it will also cause you extra. Talk to your dentist prior to your appointment if you'd like an estimate of the cost of treatment.
Getting Whiter Teeth
Teeth whitening is a popular treatment offered by many dentists. This treatment has a different cost structure than regular cleaning. That’s because it involves different tools, materials, and usually a prolonged timeline. You're also paying for the extra training your dentist or hygienist had to go through in order to be able to safely and effectively whiten your teeth.