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How much does it cost you to go to the dentist in Canberra?

By Feathergirl - 8 April 2011 33

I know there have been a lot of dentist stories on lately, and maybe that’s what made me think, ‘hmmm, haven’t had a check up in a while’. So I picked one close by and rock up for a check-up and clean. I go out to reception, after 20 minutes of prodding and being reminded not to drink fizzy drinks, and the cost is $250.00!

Is this normal? How much does your dentist charge and if it’s cheaper who is your dentist? I feel ripped off, but maybe it is an adverage fee? It was in no way a fancy dentist, just a family practice. I don’t have health insurance so I suppose I am aiming my questions at fellow non-health insurance holders.

The moral of my story is to next time ask how much services will cost before I get the work done…

What’s Your opinion?


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33 Responses to
How much does it cost you to go to the dentist in Canberra?
dvaey 11:30 am 09 Apr 11

I went to a dentist in Kambah a few months ago, after waiting nearly 2 weeks to get in for a bad toothache, he told me Id need to come back for a cleaning, and charged me $200. The cleaning was about $150 and was advised Id need a second cleaning at about the same price. This took about 4 weeks to get in for a cleaning, and after which the toothache was still there, and I was $500 out-of-pocket.

I then went to my GP who gave me a simple script for antibiotics and a week later, no more toothache.

I think it depends on the luck of the draw though, a friend recently had dental work done in the city, and paid about $300 for new dentures including about an hours work before/after fitting them. I will endeavour to find their name.

scorpio63 11:21 pm 08 Apr 11

Hi Feathergirl, claim the amount on your next tax return under medical rebates adding all of your pharmaceuticals in if you acquire in excess of $1200. This includes eyewear for medical purposes and any other medical items not already re-imbursed.

I am well overdue for a dental visit too (5 years) and had no idea a consultation and clean had risen to $250

sepi 9:32 pm 08 Apr 11

Wow – I pay less than that for a filling. I’ve been on the lookout for a new dentist, but maybe I should stick with the old one… Old is the word tho – he is bound to retire any day now and takes months to get an appointment.

Jethro 8:37 pm 08 Apr 11

Dentists are little more the extortionists.

As far as I’m concerned, you go to a dentist when you have a toothache. Why pay some guy $250 to have a poke around in your mouth and tell you to floss more often?

I’m with Castro on this one. Dentists should be government employees earning a 70 or 80k yearly salary.

Why a relatively low skilled (in terms of amount of medical training needed ) basic health service should cost you the price of a small fridge is beyond me.

cross 8:30 pm 08 Apr 11

I don’t think dentists study dentistry because they actually like doing it or want to provide a needed service to the community .

Ryan 6:56 pm 08 Apr 11

$250? Wow.

My most recent checkup and clean back in February was somewhere in the vicinity of $70. Can’t recall the name but they’re up above La Porchetta in Tuggeranong.

(Though I’ve also been to the one in Lakeview House ‘Swaggie’ mentioned – they’re quite good, not sure what it would set you back though)

breda 6:18 pm 08 Apr 11

I have my dental work done in Sydney nowadays (fit it around family & friends visits). Have found an excellent dentist who is a good third cheaper than ACT equivalents. $250 for 20 mins to poke around in your mouth, maybe take a few pix (which cost bugger all once the equipment is there) and tell you to clean your teeth and stay off the fizzy drinks! What a racket!

Gungahlin Al 3:50 pm 08 Apr 11

When in Goulburn we used to go to Dominic Vu and he was reasonably priced and excellent service.

Given the extraordinarily high prices for dentistry in Canberra, if I was getting anything more than a filling done, I would seriously consider a drive up the highway…

Swaggie 3:13 pm 08 Apr 11

$140 (with Xray) at the dental practice 2nd floor in Lakeview House Tuggeranong. No health cover here for dental work – just put a bit aside each month to cover anything that arises. I needed root canal late last year and I was still in pocket after working out what insurance would have cost me.

Bluey 2:53 pm 08 Apr 11

Sounds about right to me. Pretty mine was about that with x rays done.

God help you if you need fillings or worse a crown or root canal and dont have any coverage (I dont)

Still, the years of not paying for extras has been cheaper than dental work and occasional other stuff extras would cover than actually paying for extras cover.

arescarti42 2:41 pm 08 Apr 11

$250 for 20 minutes? Dayam, maybe I should switch degrees.

carnardly 1:55 pm 08 Apr 11

do you feel ripped off paying your plumber, mechanic or electrician too?

Maybe its the price you pay these days. Overheads, insurance, equipment and operations… i’m sure the $50 appointment days are loooong gone.

c` 1:41 pm 08 Apr 11

Problem is, you can ask, but the number’s going to about the same wherever you go. Are you going to *not* get it done?

pierce 1:17 pm 08 Apr 11

I was just wondering the same thing – I had a checkup and clean a couple of weeks ago and walked out $220 poorer.

puggy 1:15 pm 08 Apr 11

That’s about normal for me, although mine includes two bite wing x-rays. It is expensive. Check the itemisation on the bill, as my partner was charged to sit there and listen to the dentist tell her how to brush her teeth, well after the actual check and clean was finsihed.

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