How Much Does a Check-up & Clean Cost?

At Coastal Dental Care, we offer a no gap check-up and clean for any health fund member with available dental extras cover. In other words, you won’t be out of pocket for your check-up and clean with us.

If you are not a health fund member or you don’t have dental extras, we offer a $125 check-up and clean. So, whether you are a new or existing patient our check-up and clean price will remain $125, always.

What does a check-up & clean include?

A check-up and clean includes a check-up, clean, x-rays (if required), scale, polish and fluoride.

Check-up

One of the most important components of your 6-monthly visit to the dentist is the check-up. Here, the dentist can detect oral concerns and diseases early before they become a problem. As well, they can show you areas of your oral hygiene routine that may need improvement. This way, you can focus on cleaning these areas and thereby reduce your risk of developing problems such as gum disease and decay. 

X-rays

To check for decay between teeth and to view the positioning of teeth, x-rays will need to be taken at least every 2 years.

Scale

Is the process of removing plaque, tartar and other debris from the teeth. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing alone and requires specialised tools to remove the substance.

Your dentist will choose either a metal tool known as a dental scaler and curette or an ultrasonic instrument. The dental scaler helps to remove plaque in and around the gumline. While the ultrasonic instrument helps to remove strong built-up substances such as tartar from the teeth.

Polish

Polishing the teeth after scaling can help to remove surface stains. As well, it leaves them feeling glossy and smooth.

Fluoride

A topical fluoride paste is then applied to the teeth with a cotton swab or brush. This helps to strengthen teeth, making them less vulnerable to decay. You may be asked to spit excess fluoride into a cup or sink. Make sure you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after treatment to allow for absorption into the teeth.

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How long does a check-up take?

A regular patient can expect a check-up and clean to take 20 to 30 minutes. However, if you are due for your biennial (2 year) x-ray, treatment may take longer.

For a first time visit or if you have not seen the dentist in over 2 years, treatment can take up to an hour. The longer appointment time is due to x-rays and additional cleaning of the teeth.

Regardless of how long treatment takes, the price will remain the same. That is, no gap for health fund members with available dental extras or $125 for non-health fund members.

Medical history

If it is your first dental visit or you have changed dentists, our team will need to know your medical history. Your medical history helps your dentist treat you more accurately. For example, if you have a family history of gum disease, the dentist can provide you with a helpful treatment plan. They may offer advice, provide tips as well as keep a close watch on your oral health.

Further, you should keep your dentist up to date with any medications you are taking. Medications can affect your oral health and make you more susceptible in developing oral issues such as decay. As well, some medications can thin the blood and your dentist will need to be made aware of this.

When do I need to see the dentist?

You should visit the dentist every 6 months to maintain optimal oral health. Regular cleans as well as maintaining the appropriate oral hygiene routine can help to prevent dental problems. In the long run, it is better for your health to keep your natural teeth for life.

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