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How much are you paying for dental cleaning?

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It's through a work health/dental plan so we don't pay out of pocket for anything.
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aznnorth wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 8:17 am
U of T dentistry does most common procedures. Check them out.
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Wow, just found out UT dentistry has changed. It's not cheap anymore. Now there's an initial $76 application fee (includes xrays), then $50 for oral hygiene assessment and finally the cleaning/scaling costs between $60-$100 depending how bad ur teeth are. It's a rip off.... unless you're interested in in them to do long term dental work. So just for a cleaning the total bill would be min. $186. *shock* No longer cheap like they used to be. They specifically said they are NOT a non-profit organization. So this place is in it to make money and teach at the same time. They recommended to try George Brown as they are cheaper, lol.
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aznnorth wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 4:08 pm
Update:

Wow, just found out UT dentistry has changed. It's not cheap anymore. Now there's an initial $76 application fee (includes xrays), then $50 for oral hygiene assessment and finally the cleaning/scaling costs between $60-$100 depending how bad ur teeth are. It's a rip off.... unless you're interested in in them to do long term dental work. So just for a cleaning the total bill would be min. $186. *shock* No longer cheap like they used to be. They specifically said they are NOT a non-profit organization. So this place is in it to make money and teach at the same time. They recommended to try George Brown as they are cheaper, lol.
I assume the $76 and $50 are only applicable for the first visit? So $60-100 for cleaning every time after the first. That's not too bad. Anyone try the George Brown clinic? Any reviews?
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I assume the $76 and $50 are only applicable for the first visit? So $60-100 for cleaning every time after the first. That's not too bad. Anyone try the George Brown clinic? Any reviews?
Not bad??! Lolz. Point is ... most peeps in lower income groups arent willing to pay $186 for first cleaning. That's the whole point of using uni-student dentistry places in the first place - cheap dental services for purpose of teaching. $186 is just as expensive as any regular dentist accepting insurance at full price. For example my dentist has 2 rates - one for insurance clients and one for cash (lower income) clients. Cash clients is $100 for cleaning. He has 4 dental hygienists (George Brown grads - supposedly the best dental hygienist school in Canada) on staff plus 2 dentists. Given the same price between the two I rather go to my full service dentist than wait weeks/months to get accepted by a dental school that charges equivalent rates. YES, it takes that long to be accepted by UT dentistry as you have to be assigned to a specific student (or group of students). It's not like you can just walk in for dental work anytime. PITA. Depending on what you need done they break it down to several appointments instead of 1 or 2 that a full practice would. Purpose is becuz they are a teaching school, the students have to learn or be taught in several stages. Another PITA.
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George Brown dentistry is Wave Dental Clinic. MUCH cheaper and more reasonable rates but still takes weeks/months to be accepted as a patient. You have to be assigned to a specific student(s).

Wave Dental Clinic - apply as patient here. Fees listed.
https://www.georgebrown.ca/wave/dentalclinic/
https://www.georgebrown.ca/wave/register/

-screening - $5
-examination - $20
-scaling/polish/client education - $20
-fluoride pit and fissure sealants - no charge
- whitening - $120
- sports guard - $40

Basic cleaning would cost $40 bucks (examination fee and scaling/polish/education fee).
Screening $5 fee is part of the $20 examination fee if accepted as patient.
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I alternate cleanings between a periodontist's office and my regular dentist. I would say my dentist has a high end operation and charges top prices.

My periodontist charged $247 for my last visit using the billing code for root planing. (4 units which I think equates to one hour). They are supposed to do a deeper cleaning below the gum line than a normal dentist office cleaning.

My dentist cleaning varies but on average he charges 3 units (45 minutes) for $165, using the billing codes for scaling and polishing.

In general the rates for "root planing" are higher than the rates for "scaling".

Cleaning requirements (how often, duration of cleaning) vary widely depending on the chemistry of your mouth, state of your gums, how many teeth you have, and on how well you clean your teeth between dentist visits. They tell me I am in the top 10% in how well I clean my own teeth, and that this minimizes my appointments.
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Check with Boxgrove Dental in Markham ... I go there and they are very very reasonable and great!
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I'm looking for a (relatively) cheap dentist in the Downtown Area/ TTC line, or at least a special - anyone have any recommendations?

I know the colleges are cheaper, but I can't wait 2 months for an appointment (I called both UT and GB).
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I got my teeth cleaned, x-rays and one cavity done at George Brown. It was $20 for the cleaning, $20 for a dentist to look in your mouth to decide if you had cavities (exam), $20 for some Xrays and $15 for one filling (done by a restorative hygenist, not a dentist). The cleaning/exam/xrays were done across 7 2-2.5 hour appointments. The filling was done in one day... but months after I had my cleaning done, because I had to wait for that restorative hygienist semester to start. The DENTIST froze my mouth for that though, and it was the easiest freeze I've ever had done. The cleaning is very extensive. It includes doing impressions of your mouth, beware. I did learn a lot - they put this stuff on your teeth to show you where you don't brush very well, it turns a different color. I'm always mindful of those spots when I brush my teeth now.

To become a patient, I kept putting myself on what I thought was a wait list. I waited for years. It's not a real wait list. You just need to sign up right around when the semester starts to be selected, basically. If you sign up mid-semester or during the summer, they won't call you for some reason. Or at least they didn't do that for me lol.

If you're not from Toronto, remember to factor in transportation costs. I took the GO transit in (no choice) and it basically became as expensive as just getting a cleaning done elsewhere - and it wouldn't have taken so much time. I'm not sure I would do it again. If I could do JUST the fillings with students, I would.

There are hygienist students looking for patients on Kijiji if you have time to help them, too.
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Went for a dental checkup for the first time in a long time (5+ years). I generally take good care of my teeth, but obviously expected some work to be done. Can someone comment on the pricing?

Radiographcs, Intraoral, Periapical - 8 images - $78
Radiographcs, Intraoral, Bitewing - 4 images - $47
Radiographcs, Panoramic - 1 image - $65
Exam and Diagnosis Complete - Permanent Dentition - $130
Scaling Three Units - $165
Total - $485

The total seemed a bit high at first, but they were pretty thorough with the preliminary work. I was there for about 3 hours, so I think it is reasonable?
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For those complaining on costs....when was the last time you had a dental cleaning. Toothbrush and paste only goes so far. You need professionals to scrape plaque and tartar off and polish stains. You cannot do that with brushing....and I doubt you're flossing. A fee for a new patient is about 325 in a small town . A REGULAR Cleaning is 105 or 174 for a full checkup and bitewing. Stop complaining. If you haven't seen a dentist in years YOU HAVE BUILD UP!
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HollieC469149 wrote:
Aug 10th, 2018 12:38 am
For those complaining on costs....when was the last time you had a dental cleaning. Toothbrush and paste only goes so far. You need professionals to scrape plaque and tartar off and polish stains. You cannot do that with brushing....and I doubt you're flossing. A fee for a new patient is about 325 in a small town . A REGULAR Cleaning is 105 or 174 for a full checkup and bitewing. Stop complaining. If you haven't seen a dentist in years YOU HAVE BUILD UP!
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Having said that - why does a haircut cost $25 but a dental cleaning costs $300+? Someone needs to combine these businesses so that you can get a haircut while having your teeth cleaned.
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Can someone recommend a hygenists that will take an appointment say next week? I'm one of those people who go to the dentist when there's a problem; needless to say my oral health isn't in the best condition. Cleaning I've never done. My regular dentist had a hygenist but her appointment bookings had me 6 months in advance for a cleaning. Is it really that involved of a process? I think I have some gingevitis issues and it's causing my breath to smell like a garbage heap (that's been sitting in the Arizona sun for a week).
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aznnorth wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 4:08 pm
Update:

Wow, just found out UT dentistry has changed. It's not cheap anymore. Now there's an initial $76 application fee (includes xrays), then $50 for oral hygiene assessment and finally the cleaning/scaling costs between $60-$100 depending how bad ur teeth are. It's a rip off.... unless you're interested in in them to do long term dental work. So just for a cleaning the total bill would be min. $186. *shock* No longer cheap like they used to be. They specifically said they are NOT a non-profit organization. So this place is in it to make money and teach at the same time. They recommended to try George Brown as they are cheaper, lol.
Just spoke with one of the places mentioned in this thread and they are charging $300-400 for the inital cleaning. I think that's a bargain compared to what the colleges are charging. I've bounced from one office to the next in the last decade and they're all pretty much gougers by the prices I've been charged compared to the prices posted here.
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30 bucks in Thailand at the state of the art dental clinic.

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