Across the nation, the average cost of scaling and root planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning) is $1,000. That is $250 per quadrant in your mouth (there are four quadrants). This differs from your basic dental cleaning since the dentist or hygienist will need to remove tartar buildup underneath your gum tissue. Various factors can influence the final out-of-pocket cost of scaling and root planing (SRP). Some of these factors include:
- If you currently suffer from active Periodontal disease (bone loss around your teeth).
- Periodontal Maintenance costs after the initial SRP has been completed.
- If a Periodontist or general dentist is performing your Scaling and Root Planing procedure.
- Whether or not you have dental insurance (most plans will cover a deep cleaning).
- Your current geographic location (major cities tend to charge more for scaling and root planing than rural areas).
- The severity of your case.
- If any additional procedures such as gum grafting need to be performed after the deep cleaning is finished.
If your gum disease is advanced, your general dentist may refer you to a gum specialist known as a Periodontist. The Periodontist will generally charge more for scaling and root planing than your dentist. However, it will be worth it because they tend to do a better job removing all the calculus buildup than your dental team would. In addition, since this is what they do all day, their expertise in SRP treatment is second to none. Before you schedule your scaling and root planing appointment, talk to your insurance carrier about the costs you can expect to pay.
Costs associated with a deep teeth cleaning
Besides the actual scaling and root planing, there may be additional costs that you have to consider. Here are some factors to consider:
- Examination costs: $100-200
- X-ray Costs: $50-200
- Your dentist may determine you need what is known as a full mouth debridement before your deep cleaning. This is where most of the tartar is removed from the crown portion of your teeth. The average cost for this procedure is $300.
- Local anesthetic expenses: $100
- Local antibiotic injections: $250
Now, remember that these are cash prices. So if you have dental insurance, there is a high likelihood that the costs would be a lot lower.
Dental Insurance and Scaling and Root Planing Costs
Multiple dental insurance plans cover dental deep cleaning costs. Some programs are HMO plans (also known as discount plans), while others are PPO dental plans. Both of these plans reduce the cost of your deep cleaning by as much as 80% in some cases. Even though the costs will be reduced with these plans, they have yearly maximums, so if other dental work needs to be performed in your mouth, those procedures may not be covered for that calendar year. If you are near your annual maximum, breaking your deep cleaning into two appointments may be prudent. This way, you can clean two quadrants of your mouth before the year ends, and then when your benefits renew in January, you can get the other two quadrants deep cleaned. This will also help you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses as well.
If you feel like you need more answers regarding scaling and root planing costs, feel free to contact our team today.