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How much is a dental cleaning without insurance?

how much is a dental cleaning without insurance


Cleaning: $75-$200 With Exam, X-Rays: $100-$300+ Deep Cleaning: $500-$4,000

Professional teeth cleaning is primarily intended to prevent gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in persons over the age of 40. Typical costs:

  • Depending on the dentist’s practice and local fees, a regular teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist may cost $75 to $200. CostHelper users report spending between $80 and $175, on average $127 for a standard cleaning.
  • Often, a teeth-cleaning session will also involve dental X-rays and a dentist examination. Depending on local rates and the quantity and kind of X-rays, the total cost of a visit with these extra services may range from $100 to $300 or more. CostHelper users report paying between $114 and $320 for a comprehensive teeth cleaning, with an average cost of $198.
  • As important preventative treatment, dental insurance normally pays 100% of the cost of a teeth cleaning once or twice a year, but not more frequently
  • and some plans may have a maximum amount they will pay for a cleaning, which can be less than what the dentist costs. CostHelper users with dental insurance indicate that the complete cost of annual cleanings was covered, but not more often.
  • Scaling and root planing, a more intensive kind of deep cleaning, is often performed by quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left). Costs range from $100-$450 for a single quadrant to $500-$4,000 or more for a full-mouth deep cleaning, depending on the amount of work required – how deeply they must clean
  • if antibiotic injections are used to speed healing in a particularly deep pocket around an individual tooth ($35-$85 per injection/tooth)
  • or for patients who have gone a long time without dental care, removing excess buildup so the gums can be evaluated. CostHelper readers without dental insurance report paying between $390 and $3,800 on average for thorough cleaning.
  • Depending on the conditions of the policy or plan, dental insurance often provides partial coverage for thorough cleaning operations. CostHelper users with dental insurance report paying between $360 and $437 out of pocket for a deep cleaning, with an average of $377.

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  • Typically, teeth cleaning sessions for new patients include an exam and X-rays, and these services are occasionally (maybe once a year) included for returning patients. If a patient exhibits early indications of gum disease, the dentist may prescribe that tooth cleanings be performed three or four times each year, rather than once or twice
  • these additional sessions are typically not reimbursed by insurance.
  • In a normal cleaning, a dental hygienist (under the supervision of a dentist) removes soft plaque and hard tartar (mineralized plaque that forms on the teeth and can only be removed with professional equipment) from above and below the gum line on all teeth. Typically, the process takes between 30 and 60 minutes. A dental assistant describes what to anticipate during a teeth-cleaning procedure.
  • Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical thorough cleaning technique often performed when the pockets surrounding the teeth are deeper than 3 millimeters. To eliminate germs and provide a clean surface for the gums to reconnect, plaque and tartar above and below the gum line are scraped away (scaling) and rough places on the root are smoothed (planing). This is often performed with a local anesthetic and involves two to four office visits, each lasting 45 to 60 minutes. The American Dental Association provides an outline of root planing and scaling.
  • The National Institutes of Health offer an overview on the prevention of gum disease.


  • Some dentists give new customers $40-$90 discount vouchers for a cleaning, exam, and X-rays. Always verify a dentist with the American Dental Association. When utilizing a voucher for a low-cost teeth cleaning, some CostHelper users report feeling compelled to purchase extra services.
  • Typically, dental schools provide discounted prices for treatments rendered by supervised students or instructors. A list of dental schools is maintained by the American Student Dental Association. Readers of CostHelper report spending between $15 and $50 for a typical teeth cleaning, exam, and X-rays at a dental hygiene school (with some noting that their appointment took four hours).

Shopping for dental care:

  • WedMD provides considerations when selecting a dentist.
  • The insurance company will supply a list of approved dentists if the patient has dental insurance. Or, consult the American Dental Association or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for references to area dentists.

This website contains informative content solely and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Always with your doctor or pharmacist before using any drugs or undergoing any medical procedures.

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Posted by: Fatimah Abdul in Lancaster, CA. Posted: February 2nd, 2022 12:02AM
Type: Implants dentures and bottom partialpla

Ineed A bottom half plate in order to eat! Moreover, I need assistance with paying for a top denture and implants with screws. I am a senior adult and am permanently impaired for my upper mouth.

Posted by: Bubblegum in Dix Hills, NY. Posted: September 30th, 2021 08:09PM
Type: Cash

My Endodontist informed me that he costs $215.00 with insurance and $150.00 without. I believe it was a rip-off due to the fact that I have very few “clean” (his words) natural teeth, largely caps (done by him), and no examinations or flossing. It was an easy task. What’s going on there? I felt I had been taken advantage of.

Posted by: Tim G in Bullhead City, AZ. Posted: February 16th, 2021 07:02AM
Type: Full Dental Implants

I wish I could smile, but I inherited a severe condition with my teeth; they are all cracked, damaged, and extremely painful! Despite having a full-time work, I cannot afford dental implants. It is quite difficult for me to consume most foods.

Posted by: Mark Burg in Rockville, MD, MD. Posted: October 2nd, 2020 02:10AM
Type: SRP with Laser

This treatment was part of a whole lower implant that cost $26,000, thus the cleaning was solely for the upper teeth.

Posted by: A HALL in Springfield, MO. Posted: November 22nd, 2019 12:11PM

If a dentist charges $163 per quadrant for a deep cleaning, yet a quadrant has just two teeth, what happens? And what is the average price of antibiotics? I floss and clean my teeth twice everyday, however I was charged over $300 for antibiotics. Who can provide an answer?

Posted by: Irmfried Thadani in Henderson, NV. Posted: July 16th, 2019 01:07PM

I have 8 natural teeth remaining. I am being charged $300. Outrageous

Posted by: Joyce Devers in Houston, TX. Posted: May 8th, 2019 05:05PM
Type: Deep Cleaning

Recently, we discovered a dental practice that charges $260 each quadrant. Two years ago, $450 was paid for a quadrant. Never went back. Now I seek a free consultation that includes x-rays and the complete cost of operations from many offices before making my decision. Free consultations are available.

Posted by: James Scott Beran in Berwyn, IL. Posted: April 11th, 2019 07:04AM
Type: Root

In 2001, I need an implant. This dentist informed me that I need root planing prior to implant placement. Returned, and he performed the implant. My pockets contained several 1, a few 2, and one three. Returned for a thorough cleaning. No new canes were required.

Posted by: Florida Retiree 68 in Lake Worth, FL. Posted: February 18th, 2019 03:02PM
Type: Cleaning by Hygenist

Before today, I had never heard of an Intermeiate cleaning. The dentist practice informed us that our Humana Medicare coverage does not cover intermediate or thorough cleanings; only regular cleanings are covered. My spouse had the “intermediate” cleaning, and guess what? It took less time and required less effort than the regular cleanings we’ve both received.

Posted by: Carolyn mcLehany in Houston, TX. Posted: February 13th, 2019 01:02AM
Type: Deep cleaning

I was informed that it would cost $1100, so I rejected.

Posted by: Tasha Nicole in Philadelphia, PA. Posted: May 23rd, 2018 08:05AM
Type: RDH

As a 22-year-old dental hygienist, I can assure you that “DEEP CLEANING” is not a SCAM! First and foremost, remember that your health insurance is intended to help pay for medical expenses. Not having coverage for a certain therapy does not indicate that it is unnecessary.

  1. We do not base treatment decisions on insurance coverage.
  2. Your recommended treatment is tailored to your specific requirements.
  3. Second, the legislation in the majority of states dictates that practitioners cannot “just clean” a mouth that requires a “deep cleaning.” To do so would constitute supervised negligence and be grounds for a malpractice complaint.

When there is tartar or calculus buildup below the gum line, significant gum irritation, and tartar buildup throughout the mouth, a deep cleaning is often advised. The 1-9mm measurements and complete set of X-rays can assist establish the severity of your condition.

Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA. Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning

Part 3 Therefore, the other view, which is consistent with yours, would be that I should pay almost nothing because your equipment, power, etc. is already covered. Your hygienist, who “supposedly” earns over 53 dollars per hour (she’s lucky if she’s at half that), performs 90 percent of the work manually.

Twenty minutes of my visit are spent with her hands in my mouth. Therefore, there are many appointments. Try charging $1,500 per hour and observe the reaction. Therefore, we require terminology such as scaling. You cannot charge $1,500 to have your teeth “scraped.” That would be inexcusable. At the conclusion of my first session, I inquired about the charges, and nobody could even provide a ballpark estimate, as if I were the only person ever to require this therapy.

After receiving my bill, though, I questioned the price. Prior to the surgery, they had no idea what they were reading, as if the menu was there in front of them. Please, when you shove it down our throats, have the courtesy to refrain from lying.

Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA. Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning

Part 2 As a self-employed contractor, I am aware of the charges that are not readily apparent to your clients. And when you include your 10K chair, equipment, electricity, rent, water, napkins, and rinse cups, etc., you end up with a somewhat lengthy list.

However, you do not provide a breakdown of prices by patient. I mean, this list gives the impression that you are taking the situation lightly. A thousand dollars would not even cover the cost of the chair you purchased for me. However, after 10 years and thousands of patients, the chair has cost me less than a few bucks.

I have chosen to drive a secondhand truck that cost me $12,000 and is in pristine shape. If I drive a brand-new, $60,000 vehicle, may I suddenly charge you significantly more to install your siding? I purchase equipment depending on whether or not it would increase my quality in less time, resulting in a profit.

Posted by: East Coast Chris in Phila, PA. Posted: February 5th, 2018 08:02PM
Type: Deep Cleaning

I get a tiny amount of solace in reading the posts of others. Sadly, I must acknowledge that it is only because I am not alone. This is a uniform fee structure that has been pushed to these extremes by dentists with more balls than morality. My treatment was performed by the dentist’s hygienist or “staff.” He did not enter until the conclusion of the second cleaning (done in halves, 510$ for the first and 550$ for the second) to explain (repeat the hygienist) the next step in his plan.

This two-minute discussion cost an extra $38. In addition to my initial checkup consisting only of X-rays (380 dollars), I have spent a total of 1,440 dollars. One of the fillings he previously placed fell out and shattered my other teeth while I was chewing. My next appointment, ten days later, will cost almost $1300 since, when the gum swelling subsides, he must clean my teeth again for an additional $525 plus the cost of any fillings.

Regarding the dentist who commented on the reasonableness of these costs based on his equipment, electrics, and freebies, etc. I provide this.

Posted by: Corinne zavolta in GRANTS PASS, OR. Posted: January 31st, 2018 11:01AM
Type: cleaning

Dentistry is unquestionably the most competitive sport (I should say like everything else today). It is absurd to see the prices that some of you paid. There is a dentist in Grants Pass that offers “compassionate care,” which translates to “rip off the elderly” in my mind. Do your research and look up the dentist online.

Posted by: Daniel H in WEST BURLINGTON, IA. Posted: January 19th, 2018 12:01PM
Type: Deep Cleaning

My insurance claims to cover yearly cleaning, so I provided insurance information and then had cleaning performed. After that, insurance only paid $500, although I was billed $2,800! Feeling defrauded.

Posted by: Uncleaned and unsatisfied in Buford, GA. Posted: August 2nd, 2017 11:08PM
Type: Debridement

Had not visited the dentist in some years and had just acquired dental insurance. Routine visits to both an out-of-network dentist and a network dentist are fully covered by insurance. New dentist takes a full set of x-rays and informs me that I require a debridement cleaning that is not covered by insurance.

They want $146 in cash and will not take any other form of payment. Due to my lack of funds, they refused to perform a normal cleaning. It was said that it would constitute malpractice. Insurance only seldom covers x-rays, therefore I am unable to obtain a second opinion. I feel like I came out on the losing end of this situation.

They should have taken money at the very least.

Posted by: Joe Susta in Yorktown, VA. Posted: May 18th, 2017 04:05PM

The receptionist informed me that THE LAW REQUIRES AN ANNUAL DENTIST EXAM TO PERFORM A DENTAL CLEANING. Is this true in Virginia?

Posted by: Pretty63 in Hastings, FL. Posted: May 10th, 2017 09:05AM
Type: with insurance discount

I’ve been visiting the same dentist for 15 years. He was loved by him. Moved to Florida, phoned for a dental cleaning, and yes, I’m faithful about getting my teeth cleaned, and yes, I floss daily. I am informed I cannot have a preventative cleaning since they advised a deep cleaning, and according to Florida law, if you are recommended for a deep cleaning, they cannot provide a simple cleaning regardless of your ability to pay.

Consequently, if this legislation is accurate, you do not receive any cleaning until you pay this outrageous sum. I have been looking for Said Legislation but have not yet discovered it. I feel it is a complete hoax, and the price is unfathomable. Thus, we cannot treat you until you comply with our $1,500 treatment plan.

What? scam I say scam

Posted by: fifteenhandicap in Vista, CA. Posted: December 15th, 2016 12:12PM

Had not visited the dentist in around two years. I floss once or twice a week, and I have a bridge and six crowns on other teeth. Regardless, my new dentist advised a full cleaning because my gum pockets measured 3 to 5 millimeters. Despite having a PPO dental coverage, I was charged $550 out of pocket. This seems exorbitant for two visits that total 1 and a half hours.

Posted by: R.C. Hall in Suffolk, VA. Posted: August 31st, 2016 05:08AM

I hadn’t visited my dentist in three years. I take good care of my teeth, brushing at least twice and occasionally three times every day. Admittedly, I floss seldom. It is logical to believe that it took the dental assistant longer to clean my teeth than it would take to clean the teeth of a patient who visits twice a year, as is required.

Posted by: Louis Calvert in San Jose, CA. Posted: August 16th, 2016 06:08PM
Type: 4 quadrants

That’s $500 IF you have Delta Dental insurance. I was shown a bill that included $125 for insurance and $125 for patient fees each quadrant. This dentist wants to arrange a cleaning for me every four months. I believe she is overcharging to repay her education debts. Date 8/16/2016

Posted by: Your Kidding! in San Francsico, CA. Posted: July 21st, 2016 05:07PM

I have never had this operation performed, but based on my research, I’ve determined that the fee my dentist is proposing is far more than the usual! Consider yourself fortunate if this operation cost $960 for all four quadrants in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Posted by: Recently uninsured in Sanford, FL. Posted: June 27th, 2016 11:06AM
Type: Normal Hygiene visit

No x-rays. Cash charge for cleaning is $99.

Posted by: Uptowner in Chicago, IL. Posted: May 9th, 2016 02:05PM
Type: Full scaling

In two one-hour sessions, all four quads and a cavity on a tooth were treated. Total cost is $440 with Delta Dental of Illinois insurance.

Posted by: Chris Daggett in Bellevue, WA. Posted: April 22nd, 2016 04:04PM

I intend to launch a teeth-cleaning enterprise. Nothing else would be done. A licensed dental hygienist would cleanse your teeth. Would you visit this individual? There will be no x-rays, only a cleaning. Would be possible to enter via foot. Seven-day-a-week mall hours of operation. Page six of six – External Resources:

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Cost of a Standard Dental Cleaning | Cost of a Dental Cleaning Without Insurance It is difficult, if not impossible, to offer a definite cost estimate for a dental cleaning since it relies on a number of variables, such as location and whether other treatments are required.

If you have dental insurance, you could be required to pay nothing or a modest fee for your dental cleaning. Depending on several variables, the average can range between $75 and $350. However, it is important to note that there are several ways for you to lower the expense of dental cleaning. Find a dental clinic that offers cheaper services and cleanings in exchange for an annual membership.

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Annual memberships at a number of dental clinics include up to two dental cleanings, oral examinations, and savings on dental procedures. This gives practically the same advantages as dental insurance, but solely for the particular dental facility. Additionally, you may search for dental clinics that provide discounts for upfront cash payments.

  • Some dental clinics provide up to a 5 percent discount for fast cash payments, but you’ll need to phone and inquire about this because it’s not usually advertised online.
  • You may also utilize third-party financing schemes, like as CareCredit, to pay for the dental cleaning in modest, prolonged installments.

Consequently, you have a variety of alternatives for minimizing the typical cost of dental cleaning and other dental procedures. Please contact your to learn the particular cost of your dental cleaning.

How can I obtain an inexpensive dental cleaning without dental insurance?

  • Be cautious of dubious websites. There are several websites that offer to provide information on free or low-cost dental treatments in your area.
  • Consult the fine print. If you locate a dentist that offers discounted services or are contemplating utilizing an internet coupon to assist pay for your care, be sure to read the following information.
  • Consider a plan for dental savings.