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Common Questions: Cost of Services

How much will it cost to fix my tooth?

A lot of us want to know how much it will cost to get a great smile or just fix our tooth.

The best option is to have a diagnosis first, then a range of options and the prices for each can be given. The majority of people we see think that a tooth needs a crown or extraction when the reality is technology has advanced so much in the past few years the options are usually much more broad and treatments simpler and less painful.

We stick very close to the range set out in the British Columbia fee guide from the British Columbia Dental Association. For example, fillings will cost anywhere from $129 - $487 depending on which tooth and how many surfaces are involved in the filling.

The best guideline is to get a professional diagnosis for any dental treatment so that fee quotes can be realistic.

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Do you accept dental insurance?

As a courtesy to our patients, we also accept assignment for most insurance plans. All policies differ in deductibles, annual maximums, payment schedules, allowable fees, etc. It is important for you to be familiar with your plan. To find out what exactly your plan covers check your plan information your insurance company sent you or contact your insurance company directly. 

Please keep in mind you are responsible for your total obligation should your insurance company deny a claim, delay payment for 60 days, or if benefits are less than you anticipated.

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I am going to purchase a dental insurance plan. Is there a plan you recommend?

Choosing the right dental insurance can be overwhelming. Everyone recognizes the need for dental insurance but too often people overlook regular exams and early treatment. However, when you wait until a dental problem is serious, it’s bound to cost you more both in terms of dollars and your oral health. The first step to avoiding costly dental bills is to start seeing a dentist regularly. 

Dental plans usually cover a wide range of services, including: preventative care (basic), emergency care, and other major procedures such as crowns, root canals, and dentures. Dental planes pay either a fixed amount for a specific procedure or a percentage of the cost. 

To take full advantage of your dental benefits plan, visit the dentist regularly and get the preventive care that will keep your mouth healthy. Follow the treatment plan you and your dentist have developed. Do your dental homework, brush and floss regularly and maintain a regular schedule of oral examinations and teeth cleanings.

Below are three examples of plans:

Good:

  • 70% minor coverage. No major coverage. 
  • Deductible. $25/$50 per year. 
  • Limit $750 year.
  • Recall/Polish/Fluoride/Bitewings, 1 per cal year. 
  • Scaling/Root planning 6 units (1.5 hours) per calendar year. 
  • Full-mouth series of x-rays, 1 every 5 yrs. 
  • Complete Exam with cancer screening - not covered
  • Bonded Amalgam equivalent (will pay the cost for amalgam only).

 

Better: 

  • 80%/50%/50% (basic/major/braces)
  • $2000 Maximum.
  • Recall/Polish/Fluoride/Bitewings, 2/cal yr
  • Scaling/Root Planning 12 units cal yr
  • No deductible
  • X-rays/Complete Exam 1 every 3 yrs
  • Composite on molars.
  • Follows current British Columbia fee guide.
  • 50% Braces up to $1500 in lifetime.

 

Best:

  • 100%/80%/60% (basic/major/braces)
  • No deductible
  • No money maximum.
  • Recall/Polish/Fluoride/BW’s 2 year.
  • Scaling/Root Planing 16 units per calendar year.
  • X-rays/Complete exam, 1 every 2 years.
  • White fillings on molars.
  • Follows current BC fee guide.
  • 60% of braces up to $3000 in lifetime

 

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