How Much Does Your Dentist Charge You?

Haven't been to the dentist for a few years, thought it was time for a check up. Rang my local after recommended by family and asked how much I should expect to pay just for the minimum. Was told it would be around $280-300.

Curious to know what sorts of prices people usually pay? I'm not with any private health fund and I'm in western Sydney (if location matters)

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    $60 cash for a 10 to 15 minute check up and clean.

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    Just for a checkup and clean? $280 is way too much. No more than about $120.

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      And possible x-ray because I haven't been in a few years

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        Those normally cost around 30-odd a pop, and they will take two x-rays (one on each side), so around 60-70.

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        Also, it's possible they've given you the upper end of the estimate just so you don't end up experiencing bill shock, it could come out to be somewhat less on the day.

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          Prices vary a lot from one dentist to the other.

          I went to a dentist in Barangaroo and he did charge me $300 for a simple checkup & clean.

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            @vikvance: Ouch! Though I guess if one wanted to charge those kind of rates and get away with it, Barangaroo would be the place to do it.

            For clarification, all of the rough prices I listed above were for two suburban dental clinics I've been to.

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              @bai tu: The place I go in Melbourne bulk bills the x-rays, no out of pocket cost, maybe that's unusual they don't charge a bit extra though… It's around $170-200, no gap cover with my Bupa health insurance for a check-up and clean.

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        I've got private health insurance this year and just went to the dentist after a dozen years. Did some xrays and had a pretty thorough teeth clean (no anaesthetic). Cost me $110 from $300, after the discounts and the medibank rebates. I had been wondering if I was charged too much.

  • +1 vote

    1st time check up, clean, scale, xrays, fluoride. Probably $250 and take 45 min.

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    Once you factor in the x-rays and a clean, $200 - $300 isn't unusual.

    For a basic "check only" around $120 in my experience.

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    When I went to the dentist earlier this year, they charged me $150 for a check up, x-rays, and a clean.

    This was South East of Melbourne.

    I googled for the cheapest dentist I could find in my area and I was actually pretty happy with the result.

  • +1 vote

    nothing for a general clean and check up twice a year.. all covered under private health insurance

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    National Dental Care in Brisbane CBD charge $276 for a checkup and clean, scale, and fluoride. Probably takes 30 min.

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    Cheap return flight to Asia $450 check up free-$5 USD Xray $5 crowns $150-$450 holiday priceless

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    My dentist in Sydney charges about $160 for a normal checkup and clean. Closer to $200 with X-rays.

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    Time it with a holiday

    Bali $400 - $500 return

    Dentist checkup scale and polish $30

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    Nogapsdental (sydney branches) free with a fund or around $150 clean, check and x rays

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    My local dental clinic charges $135 for check up and clean without private insurance. Takes 20-30 minutes.

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    Used to go to an absolute scammer dentist who charged $350 for a check up and clean [and throw on some unnecessary xrays to pump the price and put radiation in my face] (ridiculous extortion). Now I pay $100 for checkup and clean.

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    I paid $400 for a checkup and 2 xrays only. Have to go back and get a periodontal clean with 2 fillings. Cost $1400. This is in Pymble.

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    Hack

    Go to gp. Get referral for an x-ray at a local imaging centre.

    Get your x-rays done for free (bulk billed) at imaging centre, then take the results to your dentist on the day of your check up

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      Those aren't the x-rays we usually need lol

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        It's usually the same thing :)

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          Imaging centres take OPG's- guidelines state once every 5-10 years if no indication for

          We need bitewings- guidelines state every 6 months to 2 years depending on individual risk. Imaging centres cannot take these

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    $55 for checkup which included x-ray. I don't have insurance and didn't give my medicare card. I was surprised at the price. Receptionist said I wasn't charged for xray, so maybe Dentist was feeling generous that day. It was my first visit to Dentist in 10 years. Got the all clear too!

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      $55 for checkup which included x-ray.

      Very good. Give this person a medal for finding what may be the best price in Sydney.

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        Maybe cerealJay should post it as a deal? Marked as long-running of course. Though I'm not sure the dentist will appreciate being OzBargained.

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          No point naming as the price I got was odd, it should have been more. It was possibly my impressive teeth,;, or his apology for having a cold which he wasn't trying to hide.

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    $179 is what my dentist charges for clean, checkup and xrays for ppl w/o insurance.

    She charges me $0 gap twice a year as I have private health insurance.

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