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How to Find Out How Much Your Dental Visit Will Cost
03 lst_January 2018
Can I see what I’m going to pay at the dentist before my visit?
1. Call your dentist before your visit and ask
2. Ask your dentist if you can see the treatment plan costs before agreeing to treatment
You shouldn’t have to ask about treatment plan costs—most, if not all, dental offices give you this information—but don’t hesitate to ask if you need to. After you have a cleaning and x-rays, your dentist or dental hygienist will put together a treatment plan for follow-up work that is needed.
Typically, they’ll pull you aside to let you look over the treatment plan before agreeing to it. You can then take care of your treatment on that visit (if the dentist has the availability) or during a follow-up visit.
3. See our fee schedule and dental plan savings resource
We recently put together a resource that breaks down each dental visit by treatment and procedure with the prices (average price without a dental plan and average price with your dental plan). This information was pulled from our fee schedule. The average prices on our fee schedule are taken from an average of the 80th percentile of the 2017 NDAS Comprehensive Fee Report.
4. Follow the ADA. They release updated procedure costs each year.
The American Dental Association releases updated dental procedure costs each year. They’ve already released 18 new codes for 2018. These books may be a bit technical, as they’re primarily meant for dentists as they look to see how much they should charge for each procedure, but it is a place where you can see suggested procedure prices.
Why Doesn’t My Dentist List Prices on Their Website?
“In general, dental insurance companies use what is called a Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR) fee guide. The companies set their own price that they will allow for every dental procedure that they cover; it’s not based on what a dentist actually charges, but what the dental insurance company wants to cover. For example, your dentist may charge €50 for a dental cleaning, but the insurance company will only allow €30, because that is their set UCR fee. That leaves you with a €20 out-of-pocket expense.”
How Do Dentists Determine Their Prices
There as organizations that offer suggested pricing and data for dentists: the Cyprus Dental Association . But pricing essentially comes down to three things:
And then, of course, there are salaries for dental staff, facility expenses, etc.
We know this subject can be confusing, but we hope this post was able to shed some light on the tricky question of how much you’ll pay at the dentist. Also, be sure to check out our resources that I mentioned above to get an idea of what you might expect to pay at the dentist with and without your dental discount plan.
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