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Dentist Sandy Springs: How Much does it cost to get your teeth cleaned?

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Oral ExamSo you see an offer of $49.95 for a teeth cleaning, exam & x-ray come through your mailbox.  Is it a lost leader?   Is it a loss leader used to get you in and pressure you into other dental procedures?

If it’s a new practice, then providing discounted services is one of the few methods a new practice has to introduce itself to the surrounding community, no different than a new restaurant trying to showcase its menu.  The genuine intent is to build a relationship by showcasing the practice.  If it’s a mature practice, then there is probably going to be pressure to accept other services.

A teeth cleaning is going to range somewhere around $65 to $89.[1] Often dental insurance will cover some or all of the cost of at least two.  The doctor’s oral exam is  $45 to $55 and the 4 basic bite wing x-rays are around $59 to $72.  Depending on your insurance this might be covered anywhere from 60 to 100% after a small deductible is met.   Periodic X-rays ($32 -$135) are needed to see if any problems are developing inside the teeth or around the jaw bone, and are generally required before cleaning the teeth of a new patient (which is why some practices offer coupons to defray the initial cost of a first visit). Usually this is covered by dental insurance.

Your main goal should be to prevent gum disease, which if not examined and treated when necessary will result in greater costs, including tooth loss.  Dental hygiene is imperative, and cleaning your teeth is the first step towards preserving them.

This is where you run into problems with ‘couponing dentists’. Often that coupon patient is pressured into being that scaling and root planing patient.

Your goal and our goal is a healthy mouth which is part of your overall health.  The mouth is connected to the body.  You have to do your part by brushing and flossing daily if you want to keep them.   If you have additional questions, feel free to email or call our office.    Our goal here is to create an informed healthy patient.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, M.S., D.M.D.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328


[1] However, depending on how long it’s been since you have been to the dentist and what extent your oral healthcare has been neglected, it can be more if there’s a need to do a full mouth root scaling.


Author: Drs. Novy and ZoAnna Scheinfeld and Hanna Orland

Our team provides your family with contemporary, rewarding, and comfortable dental care. In our Sandy Springs office, patients come first. Everything we do, from the office design, to our clinical and management training, to the friendly atmosphere we foster in the practice, is for your pleasure and satisfaction. Dr. Scheinfeld, a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry and her associates understand the importance of balancing health and beauty for an amazing smile. Our comprehensive studies in cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry, supported with state-of-the-art technology, deliver the strong, healthy, beautiful smile you deserve—the smile you'll feel comfortable sharing with your world.

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