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Oct 04 2017

Dental Treatment Costs in Australia 2017


How Much Does a Dentist Charge in Australia in 2017

Dental work is normally NOT covered under Medicare, although there are some exceptions to this. One of these is the Child Dental Benefits Scheme for children between 2 and 17 years of age who are, or whose parents are, in receipt of some Centrelink Benefit payments. You can claim up to $1,000 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years. More details at: www.humanservices.gov.au/medicare/

There are however some Government based Dental Facilities, eg: Dental Teaching Hospitals that are available for certain sections of the population, eg: those holding Health Care Cards. Details of these are on State Health Websites such as: www.health.qld.gov.au/adult

Queensland Adult patient eligibility – public sector dental clinics

For adults to be eligible for publicly funded oral health care they must be a Queensland resident and where applicable, in receipt of benefits from either a:

Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
Health Care Card
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
Queensland Seniors Card

Private Dental Treatment in Australia

The main option for Dental Treatment in Australia are the Private Dentists that are situated in most suburbs.

Most of the Insurance companies will cover Dental treatment, but be aware to check levels of cover provided.

Example cost of a typical Check up and Clean at October 2017

Item No. : Dental service Cost from and to
11 Comprehensive Oral Examination $65 – $90
022 x 2 X-Rays $88 – $114
114 Removal of Calculus – First Appointment $115 – $153
121 Topical Remineralising $35 – $60
Total Cost Between $303 – $417

Examples of Dental rates shown by a Queensland Dental Surgery in October 2017

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES
Description From $ To $
011 Comprehensive oral examination $50 $80
015 Consultation extended 30 mins or more $85 $105
X-RAYS
Description From $ To $
022 Intraoral radiograph – per x-ray $40 $50
OTHER DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES
Description From $ To $
061 Pulp testing $29 $35
071 Diagnostic model $55 $70
072 Photographic records – intraoral $35 $50
PREVENTIVE, INTERNAL BLEACHING & MOUTHGUARDS
Description From $ To $
111 Removal of plaque and/or stain $49 $60
114 Removal of calculus (1st visit) $98 $125
115 Removal of calculus (2nd visit) $88 $125
153 Bi-maxillary mouthguard $247 $247
161 Fissure sealing $40 $75
The fee range shown above is dependent upon your health fund’s scheduled fees
The fee range shown below is dependent on the complexity of your treatment,
the materials used and laboratory fees.
PERIODONTICS & GUM CARE
Description From $ To $
213 Treatment of acute periodontal infection $90 $150
221 Clinical periodontal analysis $60 $90
222 Root planing and subgingival curettage (per tooth) $60 $90
EXTRACTIONS
Description From $ To $
311 Removal of a tooth or part thereof $145 $220
314 Sectional removal of a tooth or parts thereof $195 $330
322 Surgical removal of a tooth $235 $370
323 Surgical removal of a tooth requiring removal of bone $280 $430
324 Surgical removal of a tooth requiring removal of bone and tooth division $340 $560
ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS
Description From $ To $
411 Direct pulp capping $50 $75
414 Pulpotomy $100 $140
415 Preparation of root canal – one canal $260 $320
416 Preparation of root canal – each additional canal $130 $170
417 Root canal obturation – one canal $260 $310
418 Root canal obturation – each additional canal $130 $160
419 Extirpation of pulp or debridement of root canal – emergency or palliative $200 $230
COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS
Description From $ To $
521 Anterior (front teeth) – one surface $130 $170
522 Anterior (front teeth) – two surface $150 $210
523 Anterior (front teeth) – three surface $180 $250
524 Anterior (front teeth) – four surface $220 $310
525 Anterior (front teeth) – five surface $250 $380
531 Posterior (back teeth) – one surface $145 $190
532 Posterior (back teeth) – two surface $170 $230
533 Posterior (back teeth) – three surface $195 $300
534 Posterior (back teeth) – four surface $230 $350
535 Posterior (back teeth) – five surface $260 $440
PORCELAIN RESTORATIONS
Description From $ To $
551 Porcelain restoration – one surface $450 $670
552 Porcelain restoration – two surface $710 $100
553 Porcelain restoration – three surface $1000 $1200
554 Porcelain restoration – four surface $1100 $1300
555 Porcelain restoration – five surface $1200 $1400
VENEERS & OTHER RESTORATIVE SERVICES
Description From $ To $
577 Cusp capping $30 $40
582 Veneer – composite $300 $500
583 Veneer – porcelain $1100 $1400
597 Post $160 $260
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Description From $ To $
613 Full crown – non metallic $1600 $1800
613.1 Full crown – CEREC $1600 $1800
615 Full crown – veneered $1600 $1800
618 Full crown – metallic $1600 $1800
627 Preliminary restoration for crown $200 $230
625 Post and core for crown $400 $500
643 Bridge pontic – per pontic (tooth) $1200 $1400
645 Precision or magnetic attachment $250 $350
651 Recementing crown or veneer $110 $200
IMPLANTS
Description From $ To $
661 Fitting of implant abutment – per abutment $1000 $1200
663 Removal of implant and/or retention device $300 $500
665 Prosthesis with resin base attached to implants – per arch $1000 $1200
666 Prosthesis with metal frame attached to implants – per arch $1200 $1200
668 Fixture or abutment screw removal and replacement $180 $250
673 Full crown attached to osseointegrated implants $1600 $1800
678 Diagnostic template $320 $400
679 Surgical implant guide $360 $440
684 Insertion of 1st stage of 2 stage endosseous implant $1850 $2200
691 Second stage surgery of 2 stage endosseous implant $500 $700
DENTURES, DENTURE REPAIRS AND DENTURE RELINES
Description From $ To $
711 Complete maxillary denture $1250 $1300
712 Complete mandibular denture $1250 $1300
719 Complete maxillary and mandibular dentures $2500 $2600
721 Partial resin denture $700 $1000
727 Partial metal frame denture $1300 $1500
751 Relining complete denture $220 $260
752 Relining partial denture $180 $220
753 Cleaning and polishing of existing denture $45 $65
ORTHODONTICS – INVISALIGN AND BRACES
Description From $ To $
811 Passive removable appliance – per arch $240 $300
821 Active removable appliance – per arch $950 $1100
825 Sequential plastic aligners – per arch $3000 $4000
831 Full arch banding – per arch $1800 $2700
871 Orthodontic adjustment $150 $180
881 Complete course of orthodontic treatment
GENERAL SERVICES
Description From $ To $
911 Palliative care $70 $90
928 Intravenous cannulation and establishment of infusion $100 $120
942 Sedation – intravenous – per 30 mins $90 $110
965 Occlusal splint $550 $600
984 Bi-maxillary oral appliance obstructive snoring and sleep apnoea $1300 $1400

Government Health Departments

Overseas Dental options

Travelling overseas is becoming popular for many people to save money and/or avoid long waiting times for public treatment.

The following links are examples only and I have no knowledge of their abilities.

Please check out any overseas options very carefully, as it is not easy to just ‘nip back’ for follow up treatment.

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