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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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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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dental cleaning
Amount: $299.00
Posted by: nietsko in canton, MA.Posted: July 6th, 2015 01:07PM
Type: normal
traditional cleaning for health mouth @canton ma. dental collabrative
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deep cleaning (scaling, etc)
Amount: $1,116.00
Posted by: Feeling overcharged in Napa, CA.Posted: June 26th, 2015 02:06PM
Type: deep cleaning
My appointments were done in 4 sessions, this price represents a 5% discount for paying in cash at the time of appointment. Now they want me to come back in 6 weeks to check - $168 - seems like too much to me!
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Dentist changed half way through procedure
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: Donna A in Naugatuck, CT.Posted: June 13th, 2015 01:06PM
Type: crowns
I was Told during consultation $8000 total and I quote :I am giving you a good deal" I went for procedure and after the dentist put TEMP Crowns in Eight of them he told me he "dont take Insurance he is working on it" "I dont take Credit Cards and when are you going to pay me"? Who has $8000 laying around? He worked hard i will honestly say but is making me feel like I am trying to steal from him, I have been running to his office every time I get extra money I have paid $2100 in two weeks and he now Raises the price on me. It was suppose to be $4000 for top teeth Four Thousand for bottom teeth that was his original price,My dilema is now I have Temp Crowns in my mouth and I dont trust him any longer. The Receptionist showed me my Permanent teeth where there in office and when I tried to speak to him about this whole crazy situation he sais to me " If he knew I didnt have the Cash the night of procedure he would have never worked on me.WHAT CAN I DO? I have reciepts but Balance is hand written from Receptionist?
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Deep Cleaning
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: k8dove@yahoo.com in CAPO BEACH, CA.Posted: June 3rd, 2015 02:06PM
Every time I go to the dentist, they want to do a deep cleaning at approximately $250 per quarter. I have had this done 4 times in the last 6 years.I believe it is a big money maker for the dentist, and not necessary. What a scam.
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exam&deep cleaning
Amount: $948.00
Posted by: eugeniu ceremus in houston, TX.Posted: March 18th, 2015 06:03PM
This office does it in 3 steps. They did the cleaning in about 40 minutes, and then told me to come back in a month for the second procedure, the 3rd cleaning will be done 3 months later. They explain this by the fact that my gums are inflamed,and they need to be normal in order to get to the deep pockets. This price included antibiotics 40$×4 due to an infection. Sorry for gross details.
Even then..It's too much money for about 2 hours of work total, and the antibiotics don't cost that much. Anyway. Hope it's helpful
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23 MONTH OLD CLEANING
Amount: $78.00
Posted by: UPSET MOMMA in WATKINSVILLE, GA.Posted: January 31st, 2015 11:01PM
Type: CLEANING
THIS EXAM DID NOT INCLUDE X-RAYS! INS PAID $109.00. I HAD TO PAY $78.OO OUT OF POCKET. FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF $187.00. I FEEL LIKE THE COST OUT OF POCKET WAS CRAZY! THIS WAS HER SECOND CLEANING. THE FIRST CLEANING WAS A DIFFERENT DENTAL (PED) OFFICE MUCH NICER AND I HAD NO OUT OF POCKET EXPENCE.MY CHILD HAS NO CAVITIES. I FEEL LIKE THIS NEW DENTIST TOOK ME FOR A RIDE!
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Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: prettyme in lake Worth, FL.Posted: January 20th, 2015 03:01PM
I have CarePlus Insurance in Florida. Pays for
one cleaning and two cavities filled per year.
also frontal X-rays.
BUT: Had to have whole mouth x-rayed and it would cost $33. I paid it. Needed a cavity filled - causing me pain. Called to make an appointment
and she said: no, no, no, WE TOLD YOU WHEN YOU WERE HERE LAST TIME, YOU WOULD NEED A ROOT CANAL PLUS! I SAID I could not afford it. She then hung up. (I would have paid if she had offered a payment plan.) Seeking new dentist!
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Deep cleaning chaos
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: OneUnhappyCustomer in Alpharetta, GA.Posted: November 13th, 2014 08:11AM
Type: Deep cleaning
I have very good insurance thru employer but when I went for routine cleaning, the dentists office strongly recommended deep cleaning. The bill: a staggering $960 for me and spouse. It took an hour for me and 1.5 hours for spouse. But who in the world charges $300 an hour for any procedure? This is a rip off for sure. Now, we can't do anything until next year as our benefits are maxed out by the dentists office. They tried selling several other things (fillings, crowns, whitening etc) but we refused to pay anymore.
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dental scaling
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: a user in nashua, NH.Posted: August 27th, 2014 10:08AM
Thank you thank you I had no way to know but it looks like new dentist quoted me correctly your shared input and info is greatly appreciated when I am blind to the norm of this and looking to spend almost $1000 of insurance benefits and $200 out of pocket for 2 one hour appointments
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Most of the prices are normal
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: I love My Patients in Norfolk, VA.Posted: August 10th, 2014 03:08PM
Type: RDH Bachelor Degree
Alot of the people on this thread are bashing the dental field unfairly. I can honestly say I am my patient's advocate. I never make up any condition that is not there. It is common sense if you do not go to the dentist regularly there will be more tartar for the hygienist to clean, more bone loss (higher pocket measurements), and more blood. So your teeth takes longer to clean.
The prices on most of these threads are normal fees. Think about it if a office charges $200 a quad. They have to pay the hygienist $53 out of that. Pay for supplies like anesthetic to numb your mouth, bibs, polish brush, bib, take home bags (that normally have toothbrushes, floss,and sometimes mouthwash in it),equipment, water and electricity. A dental chair costs 10,000. The instrument to polish your teeth costs $500-700. The instruments they use to clean your teeth costs $400 for the set. The insert to clean the patients that need quad scaling(not the whole machine just the insert)costs $230.
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Cleanings
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ILOVETEETH in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: August 10th, 2014 03:08PM
A lot of these comments where the patient is complaining is because they do not fully understand the reasoning of their procedure. Radiographs (xrays) are needed on a new patient to completely diagnose a patient. A dentist can not see bone levels or cavities simply by looking in the mouth. The x-rays are a part of a complete exam. If a dentist treats you without x-rays, I would not trust that dentist. It is called negligence on the part of a dentist to treat patients without having ALL information.
Quadrant scaling are normally $200-250 per quad because of the amount of time it takes and the amount of work it takes. You also have to administer anesthetic. Normally you need multiple appointments to complete the entire mouth. Quadrant scaling is extensive because normally its for people who do not take care of their teeth regularly and who do not come to the dentist twice a year.
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Dental Cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Oak Park, IL.Posted: July 1st, 2014 09:07PM
My husband, son, and I went in for our 6 month cleaning last Saturday. I had switched insurance plans in January. I checked with the dental office before I switched and they assured me that they accepted my new plan. However, when the receptionist called my plan on Monday (they weren't open on Saturday) she was told that we had the HMO version and the dental office doesn't accept the HMO version. We are now stuck for paying for 3 cleanings and x-rays!!! I'm afraid to open the bill when it comes!!
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Teeth Cleaning & mouth exam
Amount: $121.00
Posted by: Europraxis in Glendale, AZ.Posted: June 16th, 2014 12:06PM
Type: Regular Cleaning
Full charge: $153; but I paid $89., Medicare Dental Ins. paid $32.00. Insurance contract amount $121. Outrageous! It WAS sonic cleaning, though.
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Price for Deep Cleaning
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Lido in Bradento, FL.Posted: June 4th, 2014 07:06AM
Type: perio scaling
Self pay.Told them money was a big issue. I trusted them when they said I really needed it. It took all of 20 minutes.
Then I got the final checked by the Dentist who gives me a big sales pitch about how great I could look after Invisaline braces. I HAD BRACES My whole childhood- my teeth Are straight!!! Was he even looking??? Then He gave me the hard sell on a OralB Brush they sold.
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Over charged dental plan fees
Amount: $97.80
Posted by: Contracted dental fees in williams, AZ.Posted: May 22nd, 2014 06:05PM
Type: x rays and dental cleaning
I have good dental Insurance I pay for monthly. At the dentist my first appointment was for full x-rays when leaving I was charged 58.80 co pay fee, my second appoitment was for teeth cleaning, when leaving I was charged 83.70 co pay fee. When I got home I called my Insurance plan to find out what my contracted fees were to the dennist, my co pay fee out of pocket x-rays 19.80 and cleaning was 24.90 so I called the dentist office they owe me a refund total 97.80 Bottom line is when you leave the dennist office after you pay the office fees and leave call your your dental plan and verify what the fees are you were suposed to pay, so you dont't get ripped off.
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deep cleaning
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: florida gramps in venice, FL.Posted: April 25th, 2014 11:04AM
Type: $320/hr for hygienist time
My Venice Florida dentist charges $270/quadrant for deep cleaning plus $66 per Arestin dose X 11 cartridges required. If you subscribe to Aetna discount plan then hygienist charges are reduced to $135 per quadrant plus $100 to administer Arestin. In round numbers $320/hr for hygienist
time. Outrageous rip off
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teeth cleaning
Amount: $5.00
Posted by: fred fields in brunswick, NJ.Posted: November 21st, 2013 01:11PM
Type: deep cleaning
I go to a dental school to get my teeth done by students under supervision. you have to sit in the chair for about 3 hrs. but you can't beat the price. It usually takes 3to4 visits to complete the job but they do a very good job on your teeth. They will also take x-rays and all this for $20 or $5 if you are a senior.
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teeth cleaning
Amount: $954.00
Posted by: t watson in waco, TX.Posted: November 12th, 2013 03:11PM
Type: routine
I went in to get a tooth pulled and was asked if i wanted a teeth cleaning while i was here. They said the insurance would cover it no worries. I said sure and how much well they immediately took me in and cleaned my teeth in about 25 minutes. Then they pulled my tooth. Pulling the tooth took longer and pain killers and the dentist and a assistant. Here is where it makes no sense. 110 dollars to pull the tooth no problem, money earned. Now hold on for this, 954 dollars to clean my teeth in 25 minutes good lord this is flat stealing.That's over 1800 dollars an hour no way this is right and should be illegal. Plus not telling me how much first. Get this I asked and they are on my plan so the dentist ought to know what the ins.company should pay. They will not commit to a price only estimates Imagine if every were did business like this what a bunch of crooks. Go buy a car your groceries or your utility and let them tell you its just an estimate wait and see what the real cost is
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Senior Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $198.00
Posted by: Lyle S in Quakertown, PA.Posted: October 30th, 2013 10:10AM
Type: Regular Cleaning
I went for a regular cleaning at a dentist in Quakertown, PA. They told me that I would need would need full X-rays before they could do the cleaning. My wife and I do not have insurance often prefer to not have X-rays. I told the dentist I would like to waive the X-rays and would sign a document in that regard. They refused to clean my teeth! Is the consumer laws of PA the problem here? Laws which cause people who can not afford the high price of X-rays and oral exam to not have their teeth clean only. Or is the dental association trying to get the last buck out of the retired and working poor? What legal steps can I take to buy only the services I want?
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Teeth Deep Cleaning
Amount: $669.00
Posted by: Connie McNair in Ocala, FL.Posted: October 12th, 2013 09:10AM
I asked the dentist for clearance to have bone marrow transplant. He would not sign unless I agreed to "deep cleaning". This procedure was no more extensive than the other cleanings I have had and only took 25 min for all four quadrants. Pricing my quadrants is rip off. This place wanted to do each quadrant in a different appointment that would have delayed my cancer procedure. Finally agreed to do it all and took 25 min. Hygenist commented after she was done that there was not as much plaque as she first diagnosed.
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cleaning and xrays
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: karl green in orange, CA.Posted: August 12th, 2013 11:08AM
I found a lot of dentists charging from 29 to 69 for this-
I might go as high as 80-90 anymore is a ripoff.
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Cleaning
Amount: $89.00
Posted by: Molly Marionet in Spokane, WA.Posted: May 9th, 2013 07:05PM
Type: basic every 6 months
I hadn't been to the dentist in about 4 years, I now get a basic cleaning every 6 months. Its not that expensive compared to what some of you are paying.
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Deep Cleaning
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: larvac in Oak Forest, IL.Posted: April 10th, 2013 09:04PM
Type: no insurance
The new perio doctor that did my deep cleaning spent 25min and the last time i had this done it took almost a hour well so much for going to the same office ive been going to for the last 20 years , all he did was look at the clock and the buzzer that tells him that his next paitent is here. did this on 4/10/13 im going back tomarrow and find out what the rush was all about.
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No Regular Cleanings
Amount: $146.00
Posted by: Gina2 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.Posted: April 4th, 2013 04:04AM
Type: Regular dental cleanings
I want to confirm what another posting observed on 2/21/12. My dental plan with HumanaOne includes to free cleanings and I paid $146 for the year, but I have been to four different dental offices looking for a regular cleaning and the dentists refuse to provide a regular cleaning. It is unbelievable. Instead they want you to have deep cleanings with the additional cost, hundreds of dollars more.
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Rediculous Charges
Amount: $850.00
Posted by: zuzu in Vancouver, WA.Posted: March 21st, 2013 08:03PM
Type: exam and deep cleaning
I have had deep cleaning in the past and it never cost this much. Americans are greedy a** holes who think money is everything. Sure do hope she enjoys her new caddy that I paid for. I guess the only people who should live on the earth are the special people who love only money and won't do a thing without gobs of it coming out of their ears.
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  2.  www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_23.pdf
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