So you see an offer of $49.95 for an exam & x-ray. Is it a loss leader used to get you in and pressure you into other dental procedures? Absolutely, yes.
You need to be careful when you are considering your oral health care. The teeth ARE CONNECTED are to the rest of your body. And in our Sandy Springs office we don’t administer oral health care in the hopes of finding something wrong. Our goal is to keep you in the best health possible.
Generally, if you are not lured to take care of your health based on price, a teeth cleaning charge is going to range somewhere around $65 to $94. Often dental insurance will cover some or all of this cost for a specific number of cleanings per year, usually no more than two. The doctor’s 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 as a loss-leader for the initial cost of a first visit). These are also often covered by dental insurance.
The main goal is to prevent gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss. Other aspects of your exam are checking for oral cancer signs and, more and more, other global health indicators. But most important, dental hygiene is imperative, and cleaning your teeth is the first step towards preserving them. In a standard cleaning, a dental hygienist removes soft plaque and hard tartar from above and below the gum line on all the teeth. The process requires one office visit and usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
Again, your goal is a healthy mouth which an integral part of your overall health. Oh, and by the way, just because you had your teeth cleaned professionally, the jobs not done. 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. As a part of our services, we offer additional consultation and oversight by our in-house perio-team. Our goal here is to create an informed healthy patient.
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta, GA 30328
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 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.