Dental cleanings are a necessary part of staying healthy, and dental insurance plays a large role in determining how much you pay. Delta Dental’s cost estimator tool can make it easy for you to plan ahead on costs. Use it on your Delta Dental mobile app or by logging in to your account on our website to find cost ranges for common dental care needs for dentists in your area.
As for dental cleanings, we’ve done some leg work for you on the usual costs, depending on your level of insurance:
If You Don’t Have Dental Insurance: $100–$130
Dental visits can get complicated without dental coverage when you consider all the things that impact the cost of a teeth cleaning. Between the tools, the polish, the x-rays, and the dental care specialists, there’s a lot of work that goes into a dental cleaning. Without dental coverage, these procedures can add up. For example, if your dentist recommends you for X-rays, the total cost for an appointment with these additional services can be $100–$300 or more, depending on local rates and the number and type of X-rays.
If You Do Have Dental Insurance: $0*
When we get your teeth cleaned, it’s categorized as preventive care. With Delta Dental benefits, dental exams and cleanings are usually covered at 100%. This way, your dentist can check on your oral health on a routine basis. Teeth cleaning appointments typically include an exam and X-rays. Remember to check your coverage and limitations before you go to the dentist to see your plan specifics. Click here to learn how often you should go to the dentist.
Are There Additional Expenses?
Be aware that often times extra cleaning or oral procedures may be needed if you haven’t seen a dentist recently. These additional procedures may include:
- Fillings — The cost depends on the number of fillings and which tooth is being filled.
- Root canals —The price depends on which tooth and the amount of work needed.
- Crowns — The cost depends on which tooth.
That’s why preventive dental care is so important. If you brush and floss each morning and night and even after meals — and see your dentist twice a year — you’re much less likely to need further dental work. Remember that costs may vary by location and your dental plan specifics.
*See your plan for specific information.