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Teeth Cleaning Costs With and Without Insurance 2024

Alexandra Thompson
Alexandra Thompson1 Jan 2024
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The cost of dental cleanings can vary based on your insurance coverage, type of cleaning, geographical location, and age. When thinking about the cost of dental care, it is important to consider whether or not you plan to purchase separate dental insurance. Most plans cover 100 percent of the cost of routine cleanings, while without insurance, the cost typically ranges from $100 to $200.

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Cost of Teeth Cleaning With and Without Dental Insurance  

Most dental insurance plans will completely cover the cost of standard teeth cleanings, but without insurance, you may have to pay between $100 and $200. Deeper and more invasive cleanings can cost up to $900 with insurance and $1,800 without insurance. 

Estimating the exact cost of your dental cleanings can be difficult to pinpoint due to four main factors that impact the cost of care: location, type of cleaning required, insurance status, and dental history. Below we explain how these factors may influence how much you pay for teeth cleaning at the dentist. 

The type of cleaning you are receiving directly impacts the cost of care, with or without dental insurance coverage. Three main types of cleaning are Adult Teeth Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing, and Periodontal Maintenance.  

Type of CleaningEstimated Cost with insuranceEstimated Cost without insurance
Adult Teeth Cleaning $0$100 - $200
Scaling and Root planning (for the entire mouth)$400 - $900 $1,000 - $1,800
Periodontal Maintenance  Varies$150 - $300

Adult Prophylaxis (Regular Teeth Cleaning):

  • With insurance: Often covered at 100%, with no out-of-pocket cost
  • Without insurance: Approximately $75 - $200

Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning):

  • With insurance: Approximately $150 - $250 per quadrant after copay or coinsurance
  • Without insurance: Approximately $200 - $400 per quadrant

Periodontal Maintenance:

  • With insurance: Often partially covered with a copay, costs vary
  • Without insurance: Approximately $100 - $250 per visit

Other Popular Dental Procedures

Dental Fillings:

  • With insurance: Approximately $50 - $150 per filling after copay or coinsurance, depending on the filling material
  • Without insurance: Approximately $100 - $300 per filling, depending on the complexity and material

Tooth Extraction (Non-surgical):

  • With insurance: Approximately $75 - $150
  • Without insurance: Approximately $150 - $300

Surgical Tooth Extraction:

  • With insurance: Approximately $150 - $350
  • Without insurance: Approximately $225 - $600

Root Canal (depending on tooth):

  • With insurance: Approximately $300 - $800 after copay or coinsurance
  • Without insurance: Approximately $700 - $1,500

Dental Crowns:

  • With insurance: Typically covered at 50%, with an average cost of $500 - $1,500 after coverage
  • Without insurance: Approximately $1,000 - $3,000, depending on the material

Dental Implants (per tooth):

  • With insurance: Coverage varies significantly; a portion may be covered with an average out-of-pocket cost of $1,500 - $3,000
  • Without insurance: Approximately $3,000 - $4,500

Orthodontic Treatment (Braces or Clear Aligners):

  • With insurance: Coverage varies; out-of-pocket costs can be between $1,500 - $3,500
  • Without insurance: Approximately $3,000 - $7,500, depending on the complexity and duration of treatment
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Alexandra Thompson

Originally from Houston, Texas, Alexandra is currently getting her Master's in Public Health with a health policy certificate at Columbia University. One of her life goals is to own her own art gallery!

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