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How Much Does Teeth Cleaning Cost?

 
low costCleaning: $75-$200average costWith Exam, X-Rays: $100-$300+high costDeep Cleaning: $500-$4,000
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The main goal of professional teeth cleaning is to prevent gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults over age 40.

Typical costs:

  • A standard teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist can cost $75-$200, depending on the dentist's office and local rates. CostHelper readers report paying $80-$175, or an average cost of $127 for just a routine cleaning.
  • Frequently a teeth cleaning appointment will also include dental X-rays and an exam by the dentist. The total cost for an appointment with these additional services can be $100-$300 or more, depending on local rates and the number and type of X-rays. For example, CostHelper readers report paying $114-$320 for a complete teeth cleaning appointment, with an average cost of $198.
  • Dental insurance typically covers 100% of the cost of a teeth cleaning once or twice a year as necessary preventive care, but not more often -- and some plans may have a maximum amount they will pay for a cleaning, which can be less than what the dentist charges. CostHelper readers with dental insurance report that their total cost was covered for cleanings once or twice a year, but not more frequently.
  • The more extensive deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing is typically done by quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left). Costs start at about $100-$450 for a single quadrant, but it can run $500-$4,000 or more for a full-mouth deep cleaning, depending on the amount of work needed -- how deeply they have to clean; if antibiotic injections are used to speed healing in a particularly deep pocket around an individual tooth ($35-$85 per injection/tooth); or for patients who have gone a long time between dental treatments , cutting away excess buildup so the gums are visible and can be evaluated and cleaned ($75-$150, called full-mouth debridement). CostHelper readers without dental insurance report paying $390-$3,800 for deep cleaning, for an average cost of $1,257.
  • Dental insurance typically covers some of the cost of deep cleaning procedures, depending on the terms of the policy or plan. CostHelper readers with dental insurance coverage for deep cleaning report paying $360-$437 out of pocket, with an average cost of $377.
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What should be included:
  • Teeth cleaning appointments for new patients typically also include an exam and X-rays, and periodically (perhaps once a year) include these services for returning patients. If a patient shows signs of early gum disease, the dentist may recommend teeth cleanings be done three or four times a year, instead of once or twice; the extra appointments generally won't be covered by insurance.
  • In a standard cleaning, a dental hygienist (working under a dentist's supervision) removes soft plaque and hard tartar (mineralized plaque that builds up on the teeth and can only be removed with professional instruments) from above and below the gum line on all the teeth. The process usually takes about 30-60 minutes. A dental assistant explains what to expect[1] during a teeth cleaning.
  • Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure generally done when the depths of the pockets around the teeth are deeper than 3 millimeters. Plaque and tartar above and below the gum line are scraped away (scaling) and rough spots on the root are smoothed (planing) to remove bacteria and give a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. This is done using a local anesthetic and generally requires two to four office visits, each lasting 45 minutes to an hour. The American Dental Association gives an overview of scaling and root planing[2] .
  • The National Institutes of Health provides an overview of gum disease prevention[3] .
Discounts:
  • Some dentists offer discount coupons for new patients for a cleaning, exam and X-rays for $40-$90. Always check an unfamiliar dentist with the American Dental Association[4] , and the Better Business Bureau[5] . Some CostHelper readers report feeling pressured to pay for additional services when using a coupon for a low-cost teeth cleaning.
  • Dental schools typically have a clinic offering discounted rates for services by supervised students or faculty. The American Student Dental Association[6] maintains a list of dental schools. CostHelper readers report paying $15-$50 for a standard teeth cleaning, exam and X-rays at a dental hygienist school (with some noting that their appointment took four hours).
Shopping for teeth cleaning:
  • WedMD lists factors to consider when choosing a dentist[7] .
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists. Or, get referrals to local dentists from the American Dental Association[8] or the Amcerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry[9] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Teeth Cleaning and x-rays
Amount: $320.00
Posted by: TLS2002 in Oconto, WI.Posted: February 20th, 2018 10:02AM
Type: Routine Cleaning and x-rays
My teeth are cleaned every 6 months and I have very little build up on my teeth, if any and the cleaning usually only takes 15 minutes or less. I thought the cost was quite high for this service. I wish dentists listed their prices on their websites so you know before you go.
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Its a Racket Part 3
Amount: $2,790.00
Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA.Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning
Part 3
So the opposite side of, but in line with your thinking would be that I shouldn’t pay hardly anything because all your equipment and electric etc is already covered.
Your hygienist who “allegedly” is making 53$+ an hour (lucky if she is at half that) does 90% of the job by hand. Of my appointment only 20 minutes are actually spent with her hands in my mouth. That’s why it is multiple appointments. Try charging 1500$/ hour and see the back lash. That is why we need terms like scaling. You can not charge 1500 for “scraping” your teeth. That would be outrageous. Another tell tale sign it is a scam is at the end of my 1st visit I asked as to the costs and nobody could even ball park the price as if I am the only one to ever need this treatment. But after I got rocked with my bill I questioned the cost. They read it down like the menu was rite in front of their face, prior to the procedure not a clue. So please, after you jam it up our butts, have the common decency of not lie too.
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Its a Racket Part 2
Amount: $2,790.00
Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA.Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning
Part 2
I am a self employed contractor so I understand the costs involved that are not easily recognized by your clients. And when you list your 10K chair, equipment, electric, rent, water, napkins, rinse cups, etc. you end up with a pretty big list. What you don’t include however is an actual bread down of the costs per patient. I mean that list makes it look like your taking it in the shorts. A thousand to clean your teeth doesn’t even cover the chair you bought for me to sit in. But after ten years and thousands of patients my cost on that chair is really less the a couple dollars. I choose to drive a truck that cost me 12K$ used in excellent condition. If I drive a new 60K$ truck can I now charge you a lot more for hanging your siding? I buy equipment based on will it improve my quality in less time resulting in a profit for me. Not to raise my prices. Before I went to my dentist he did not even know I existed. Thus his equipment purchase was not based on me at all.
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Its a Racket Part 1
Amount: $2,790.00
Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA.Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning
I feel a small bit of comfort from reading the posts from others. Sadly I have to admit it is only because I'm not the only one. This is purely a unified fee scale that has been pusher to these levels by dentists that have more balls then morals to push the pricing envelope. My procedure was done by the hygienist or "employee" of the dentist. He only came in at the end of the second cleaning (done in halves 510$ 1st & 550$ 2nd) to explain (repeat the hygienist) what was the next part of his plan. That 2 minute conversation was additional 38$. Along with my first exam of just X-rays (380$) I'm at 1440$. I need a couple filings as 1 he previously put in came out and broke my other tooth while chewing. My next appointment ten days later will be over 1300$ because after gum swelling goes down he has to clean again for another 525$ Plus the filings. As to the dentist that commented about how these prices are fare base upon his equipment and electric and goody bags etc. I offer this.
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teeth ckeaning
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Corinne zavolta in GRANTS PASS, OR.Posted: January 31st, 2018 11:01AM
Type: cleaning
I know for certain that Dentistry is the most competitive game (I should say like everything else today). It is ridiculous to see what some of you paid. There is a Dentist here in Grants Pass that advertises "compassionate care" which translates to me like "rip off old people." Check around and run the Dentist on the web.
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Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $3,300.00
Posted by: Daniel H in WEST BURLINGTON, IA.Posted: January 19th, 2018 12:01PM
Type: Deep Cleaning
I went to get a cleaning and my insurance claims to cover yearly cleaning so gave insurance info then had cleaning done. Afterwards insurance would only pay $500 and I was billed $2800! Feeling ripped off.
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Irritated
Amount: $146.00
Posted by: Uncleaned and unsatisfied in Buford, GA.Posted: August 2nd, 2017 11:08PM
Type: Debridement
Hadn't gone to the dentist in a couple of years and had recently received dental insurance. Old dentist not in the network and a dentist in network is 100% covered by insurance for routine visits. New dentist does a set of full x-rays and tell me I need a debridement cleaning which is not covered at all by insurance. Says it will cost $146 cash in full and they will not accept payments of any kind. I didn't have the cash right then so they refused to do a routine cleaning. Said it would be malpractice. I can't get a second opinion because the insurance only covers x-rays every so often. I feel like I got the short end of the stick here. They should have at least accepted payments.
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Examination required for cleaning
Amount: $70.00
Posted by: Joe Susta in Yorktown, VA.Posted: May 18th, 2017 04:05PM
I was told by the receptionist that THE LAW REQUIRES A DENTIST EXAMINATION EVERY YEAR TO PERFORM THE DENTAL CLEANING. Is there such a law in Virginia?
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deep cleaning
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Pretty63 in Hastings, FL.Posted: May 10th, 2017 09:05AM
Type: with insurance discount
I have gone to same dentist for 15 years. Loved him. Moved to Florida called to get teeth cleaned and yes faithful about my teeth being cleaned and yes I floss every day. I am told I cannot have a prevent cleaning because they recommended the deep cleaning and its a florida law that if recommended for deep cleaning tbey cannot do just a cleaning regardless if you can afford it or not. so I guess if this law is true then you don't get a cleaning at all unless you pay this crazy price. I have been searching for Said law and have not located it as yet. I believe its a total scam and the cost unbelieveable. so now its we cant treat you unless you do our 1500 treatment plan. What? scam I say scam
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Deep Cleaning Scaling
Amount: $550.00
Posted by: fifteenhandicap in Vista, CA.Posted: December 15th, 2016 12:12PM
Hadn't been to the dentist in about 2 years. I don't floss often - maybe twice a week and i have a bridge and about six caps on other teeth. Anyhow new dentist recommended a deep cleaning with my gum pockets measuring 3 to 5 mm. I have a PPO dental plan but was still charged %550 out of pocket. This seems a little excessive for two visits totaling 1 and 1/2 hours.
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Teeth Cleaning and Xrays
Amount: $245.00
Posted by: R. C. Hall in Suffolk, VA.Posted: August 31st, 2016 05:08AM
I hadn't been to my dentist for 3 years. I take pretty good care of my teeth, brushing at least 2 times a day, sometimes 3. Admittedly, I rarely floss. It would be reasonable to assume that it took the dental assistant longer to clean my teeth than cleaning teeth of a patient who comes in twice a year like their supposed to. I feel like $245 for cleaning and Xrays was a bargain.
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deep cleaning
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Louis Calvert in San Jose, CA.Posted: August 16th, 2016 06:08PM
Type: 4 quadrants
That's $500 WITH Delta Dental insurance! I was showed an invoice listing $125 insurance and $125 patient fee per quadrant. This dentist also wants to schedule me for a cleaning every 4 months. I think she's trying to pay off her student loans by overcharging. Date 8/16/2016
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Deep Cleaning $750.00 Per Single Quadrant!
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Your Kidding! in San Francsico, CA.Posted: July 21st, 2016 05:07PM
I have not had this procedure done, but after researching I found the charge my Dentist is offering is way more that a normal charge! So the person who had this procedure done for $960 for all four quadrants in Alpharetta,GA considered yourself lucky!
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Regular cleaning
Amount: $99.00
Posted by: Recently uninsured in Sanford, FL.Posted: June 27th, 2016 11:06AM
Type: Normal Hygiene visit
no x-rays. $99 is cash price just for cleaning.
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Full scaling
Amount: $380.00
Posted by: Uptowner in Chicago, IL.Posted: May 9th, 2016 02:05PM
Type: Full scaling
Two one-hour sessions completing all quads and a cavity on molar. Total bill 440 with Delta Dental IL insurance.
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Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $79.00
Posted by: Chris Daggett in Bellevue, WA.Posted: April 22nd, 2016 04:04PM
I want to start a teeth cleaning business. Thats all we would do. Your teeth would be cleaned by a lic dental hygienist. Would you go to such a person? No x-rays, just a cleaning. Would be able to walk in. Open 7 days a week, mall hours.
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deep cleaning with insurance
Amount: $866.00
Posted by: oem in sa, TX.Posted: March 11th, 2016 03:03PM
I don't believe I need deep cleaning but monarch said they wont clean ..only deep clean even if I don't want that....so im going elsewhere, if they say I need it, then I may do it...but, I still think its steep, even with insurance 866. would be my cost. looking for dental school see if they might do deep cleaning. I think hygienist should have their own business, and they can make their own money. 3-11-2016
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teeth cleaning and mouth check
Amount: $260.00
Posted by: city resident--2016 in new york, NY.Posted: January 19th, 2016 02:01PM
The charge for the cleaning was $180 but all of a sudden, en extra $80 for "checking" teeth and mouth.
Cleaning cost for an hour in the chair seems fair, but the extra $80? Isn't that part of a cleaning?
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Prophylaxis - adult
Amount: $118.00
Posted by: manofwar in Methuen, MA.Posted: December 4th, 2015 05:12AM
periodic oral evaluation was $55.00. How do these prices look to you all?
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Best deal Ever
Amount: $92.00
Posted by: Adrienne in San lorenzo, CA.Posted: September 28th, 2015 12:09AM
Type: Panogram xray& heavy deep cleaning
Went to my local community college to the dental hygiene clinic. $26 panogram xrays and $66 dollars for all dep cleaning appointments. I paid $92 and I've had 3 put of 4 quads done with the last appointment next Friday. All annastesia included at every appointment. Second year Hygienist does most of the work professor ( actual dentist) constantly checks work and preforms all shots. Time consuming appointments but dirt cheap with great service! Highly recommended. Call your local community college save tons of cash_!
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Regular 6-Month Cleaning
Amount: $99.00
Posted by: SallyL in Livermore, CA.Posted: July 26th, 2015 01:07PM
Type: Routine cleaning
This was a routine cleaning by a dental hygienist in July 2015. I get my teeth cleaned every 6 months. The cleaning cost $110, but I received a 10% senior discount.
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  2.  www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_23.pdf
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