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If you are wondering how much it costs for a basic dental checkup, along with what might come with it, it’s important to understand the factors that make up the price. Smile Advantage by Dr. Ali Shmara does a great job of helping you understand all dental related costs.

What happens on a regular visit to the dentist, and how much does it cost?

The answer to this question is typical, but it can also depend on some of your particular circumstances. A general checkup will often fall in the range of 50 to 200 dollars, and won’t include any more than your basic exam and needs. If you haven’t gone to the dentist in some time, he or she may recommend you get dental X-rays or cleaning as well. X-rays can roughly double the price of your visit, typically priced at 25 to 250 dollars. The cleaning will add on an additional 75 to 200 dollars depending on the dental practice.

Why is the price high?

Actually, the price is quite low when you look at how little a dentist makes on it. If you compare the hourly rate that a dentist profits for basic exam services with those of the surgeries he or she is capable of, they make very little on it, and much of the price is simply overhead.

Why should I pay for it?

The price of going to the dentist pales quickly in comparison with the price of complications that can be caused by avoiding it. Checkups, cleanings, and X-rays are examples of preventative oral care, just like brushing your teeth and flossing. Failure to do so could mean a failure to prevent the need for root canals, tooth extractions, and even crowns and dentures. The least expensive item on this list is a tooth extraction, which can cost anywhere from 50 to 900 dollars, and will still require the tooth replacement afterward. Dentures, crowns, implants, and root canals will all have price tags somewhere in the thousands.

How can I save money on dental care?

See what’s available near you, such as dental schools or discount dental plans. Dental schools allow you to pay less for dental care in order for a student to practice on you (supervised, of course). Discount dental plans may be available to you and work as a membership service, lowering the prices when you need it.

Of course, the most common way to avoid any or most of these costs is with dental insurance. If you find a dental insurance package that is tailored to you and your needs, you will find peace of mind – and your smile will reflect it!

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