The short answer is: it depends! Everyone has uniquely different dental needs so you can’t expect your treatment cost to be the same as someone else’s.

Let’s consider some elements that affect what you pay when dentists perform a checkup and clean your teeth.

What You’ll Pay for a Dental Checkup

According to Authority Dental, a basic exam can cost you anywhere from $50 to $200. You might pay $25-250 for some x-rays depending on how many you need. A simple dental cleaning will set you back $75-200.

As you can see, the cost for a basic dental visit varies widely. Those suggested prices aren’t even final; you will likely pay only a portion depending on your dental insurance cover.

Does a trip to the dental office still sound expensive?

Believe it or not, dental services are not priced according to the dentist’s whims. Rest assured that you are paying for valuable care. What you pay doesn’t just cover diagnostic procedures. It also goes towards the cost of maintaining a comfortable, safe and hygienic treatment environment.

What to Expect at a Routine Dental Visit

What happens at a dental exam?

Your visit will likely start off with a review of your medical and dental health history. This is also a good time to mention any questions or concerns you have about your teeth and gums.

The dentist will then use specialised instruments to closely examine your teeth and gums. You’ll then find out if any other diagnostic imaging or treatments are necessary.

You might need a special gum examination, for example, if your gums show signs of inflammation.

The dentist will use a metal hook to determine the soundness of your teeth. X-rays can indicate the presence or absence of tooth decay.

Once you know where your oral health is at, you’ll move on to the dental cleaning.

A trained dental hygienist removes soft bacterial plaque deposits and hard tartar buildup from your teeth. This process requires the use of delicate scaling tools and miniature power tools. Finally, the crowns of your teeth are polished and flossed to finish the cleaning.

At this point, you’re ready for a fluoride application or even to begin fixing any dental problems you may have.

Dental Checkup and Cleaning: Cost vs Value

What do you really get when you pay for a basic dental health exam and cleaning?

Routine dental visits are absolutely vital to a healthy mouth. These sessions with a dental professional help you fully understand what your teeth and gums need. A lack of proper care can lead to bad breath, oral pain, tooth loss and embarrassment over your smile.

A healthy smile affects your overall wellbeing. Taking care of your smile by paying for dental checkups is one of the best investments you can ever make. The cost of a dental visit is nothing compared with the value of having healthy teeth!

The Cost of Missing Your Dental Checkup and Clean Appointments

Scheduling a dental checkup and teeth cleaning may seem expensive. But skipping out on this kind of preventative care could cost you even more. If you neglect your oral health, you might need more pricey treatment to repair the damage.

A routine dental visit is your opportunity to identify and treat problems before they have the chance to get any bigger.

Who knows? Your next dental exam and cleaning might actually help you save money.


Contact Randwick Smiles today to plan your next dental examination. Call us on (02) 9398 9398 to schedule..


  1. Jayden Bannister

    Going to a dental check up or getting a teeth cleaning aren’t bad at all. I don’t even think they’re a rip off if a dentist recommends them. But won’t an electric toothbrush and a roll of dental floss do the job just as well? I’m not calling into question the value of visiting a dentist regularly to check for cavities, as well as other potential problems but I think as patients we should all consider this – the next time our dentists asks us to make an appointment to have our teeth cleaned, we might reasonably ask, “Why?” Anyhow this post still worked out some of my other questions on dental visits. Thank you.

  2. Aidan Hyett

    I always wondered if I really needed to see a dentist. I have a good oral hygiene and my mouth feels fine so I didn’t think there’s really anything wrong with my teeth.
    However, reading this post just gave me a good grasp about it. I think I’d rather take advantage of preventative care than spending tons of time and money trying to fix the ones I missed. But if everything is fine, and all of a sudden I go to a dentist that’s telling me I have a bunch of cavities, I would definitely get a second opinion.

  3. Beau Mullins

    Yes. Absolutely.
    I’ve always been wondering if this yearly tedious and nasty ordeal is really necessary
    because the ultimate strategy is just to brush and floss every day. But now I understand how I might be risking some serious problem if I neglect checkups and teeth cleaning. If I could have any problems treated as they emerge and before they’re enormous, I stay in win territory.

  4. Lara Hambly

    Chalk it up to my experience. I didn’t go to the dentist for years due to lack of money which led to upheaval later on. The bill that they put down for me was a highway robbery for the price to fix all what was wrong with my mouth as it wasn’t all covered by my medical. Now I’m toothless in my 30s. So never, ever miss a dental appointment.

  5. Benjamin Lade

    Charge it up to my experience. My teeth seemed to be doing fine and didn’t hurt so I
    stopped going to the dentist. Until one day I chipped a tooth. Or so I thought. Then I decided to bite the bullet and pay the dentist a visit. Turns out, the tooth was more broken” than chipped and because of it I had to spend a total cost greater than what my dental insurance would cover in one year. I really wished I had been religious about my regular dental cleanings/checkups.

  6. Sinenhlahla

    Can i get a dentist around Richards bay…i want to clean and i want to know the costs

  7. John De Burgh

    I’m quite familiar with the typical dental checkup visit and the bill I need to pay for it. Others may find it unnecessary, but it’s really all worth it. Through this, our dentists are able to detect any potential problems that we might not be aware of. But prevention is better than cure is the sole reason and most important.

  8. Lucas Leane

    I’ve not been to the dentist in a while and I am never excited about dental care. Now my teeth are loose and I’m at risk of tooth loss. If only I had been religious about my regular dental visits I could have caught my dental problems ahead of time. My dentist told me my dental issue has gotten worse so I need to have some major work done. Lesson learned? It should be our goal to get ourselves checked before we have any health issues, and a dental checkup allows us to do so.

  9. Liam Threlkeld

    Prevention is better than cure. This is the importance of a routine cleaning and check-up and the sole reason why they are necessary. It’s better to treat most dental problems in the preventive phase rather than the curative phase to prevent them from spreading ahead of progression. Dental care should be given the same importance as the rest of our body in order to give a good lifeline to our dental health.


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