Why is dentistry so expensive?
A dental clinic is essentially a small hospital. There are large overheads (generally around 80%) to cover the cost of running a dental clinic. This includes:
- Using only the highest quality TGA approved equipment and materials
- Sterilizing all equipment to the highest Australian standards
- Expensive cutting-edge dental technology used to create the best patient experience
- Hiring and training an all-star team
- Continuing education for our dentists and nurses to make sure they have the latest knowledge
The amount of time itself spent in each dental chair for treatment
Will my health insurance cover the cost?
If you have private health insurance with dental extras you will be able to receive a partial rebate for any treatment required, up to the limits in place by your insurance company. Each health fund is different, so the rebate does vary. However, before any treatment we are able to provide you with an on-the-spot quote, so you always know exactly what the remaining (gap) payment will be. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental health insurance, we recommend talking to Fair Health Care Alliance, an independent service maintained by the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
How can I save on dental cost?
- Treat Early – our mouth is in a constant state of change, which means that any dental problems left unchecked can quickly create devastating effects in the mouth, but also to our general health. The sooner dental problems are addressed, the less damage has likely occurred, which means the ‘repairs’ or treatment is usually cheaper!
- Treat Properly – a good dentist should present multiple options to you for any dental treatment, and choosing the more long-lasting treatment, while more expensive initially, will actually end up being cheaper in the long run!
- Maintain Regularly – preventive care every 6 months is an investment in your health, and will pay dividends over time as you will need less dental treatment over the course of your life
The most important advice we have is to make sure you attend a dental practice that is willing to work with you and your budget. You should expect printed quotes with clear and concise pricing, as well as options included to cater to your needs and desires. Having a dentist that can offer payment plans and phase treatment over time can also really help with the financial cost of dental treatment.
The truth is, the cheapest option today can often be the most expensive in the long run. Here’s an example – when a patient is experiencing a toothache, the cheapest option may be to have the tooth removed (as opposed to saving it). However, over time this causes bone loss, and if the patient wanted to one day replace the missing tooth, the procedure now becomes more complex and expensive. This situation can be avoided by choosing to save teeth where possible, for a fraction of the cost.
It’s important to know all of your options, including their pros and cons. Remember to consider not only the initial cost, but also the long-term cost of your dental treatment. This will allow you to make the right choice for yourself.