Our fees for cleanings are similar to those billed by other dental providers in our province for the same services and they are available to you here on our website and in print.
Please check out our FAQ before for info on payment plans, direct billing and understanding your insurance coverage!
Many services are billed in units of time. 1 unit of time = 15 minutes, 1/2 unit of time = 7.5 (or less) minutes.
Dental hygienists are primary oral health care professionals with a focus on prevention. They practise in a variety of settings including: public health, dental hygiene practices, dental offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, and in the dental sales industry. Many dental hygienists also conduct or participate in research studies to expand the scientific basis of dental hygiene practice. Click here to meet our RDHs!
Removal of tartar, plaque and stain with manual or ultrasonic* scaling to help prevent and/or manage periodontal disease and inflammation (like gingivitis and bone loss).
If you have insurance, this service is typically covered in units of time that can be distributed throughout the year and not restricted to every 3, 4, 6, 9 or 12 months. A typical adult dental hygiene visit involves approximately 2-3.5 units of scaling (30-52.5 minutes) depending on your needs. Click here to learn how to demystify your dental insurance coverage!
Please note: in an effort to protect our hygienists and the public, we have been instructed to reduce the amount of aerosols we create during an appointment to limit the chance of a COVID-19 spread. To that end, we are only using ultrasonic scaling if we determine that the health benefit for the client outweighs the risk of a viral spread. To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, we're using an air purification system, performing COVID-19 screenings (including temp check), using the proper PPE/infection control procedures, and performing thorough hand hygiene.
Removal of heavy stain and plaque with gritty toothpaste and rubber cup polisher*. If you have dental insurance, this service is typically restricted to 5,6,9 or 12 months. Don't worry, you don't *need* to get a polish with every dental hygiene visit... in fact we recommend limited polishing! Stain and plaque can also be removed by during scaling.
*Please read our considerations for COVID-19 above.
It's a mineral that helps strengthen the portion of your tooth that's covered in enamel. We recommend fluoride varnish applications to those who are at a high risk for cavities and to clients who have moderate to severe sensitivity. If you have dental insurance, this service is typically restricted to 5,6,9 or 12 months and sometimes they pay for it for children, but not adults. Silver Diamine Fluoride is a product that can help stop some cavities from progressing and is used as a temporary measure until someone can access a dentist to get a cavity filled.
In addition to fluoride applications, we also consider your medical history, habits and diet when assessing your risk for cavities and periodontal disease. If your dental hygienist determines that you are at a high risk, they'll help you identify and modify your behaviours to support optimal oral health! We have a variety of products/tools available for purchase including Oral B Electric toothbrushes, Sunstar specialty toothbrushes, Curaprox ultra soft toothbrushes, Gum Chucks for braces and Oral Science products.
Note: Always have your group and ID number when you call your insurance company. Here is a list of questions you can ask to better understand your policy for preventive dental care. They may ask you for the codes associated with the services.
We never let insurance coverage dictate the treatment we recommend, but we believe that when you understand your benefits, you can make more informed decisions about your oral health.
We offer direct billing to most insurance providers!
The cost of a cleaning can vary based on your individual needs. A typical cleaning usually ranges from $120-210+ depending how long it takes to remove tartar, stain and plaque and whether or not you decide to receive additional treatments such as fluoride treatments.
We offer complimentary consults to those who would like to sit down with a registered dental hygienist to discuss the fees association with a dental hygiene visit.
Insurance plans cover a percentage of your treatment. You are responsible for paying the portion not covered by your insurance (a co-pay) and for any fees not covered by your plan.
If you have one of the following group plans, there's a chance we know your coverage pretty well; NLTA, Government of NL, Eastern Health, Federal Government, Verafin. Feel free to check in with us for more details!
Payment plans are all managed "in house". We ask that if you're able, you pay for half of your visit on the day of and then the balance can be paid for in two equal payments at an agreed upon time via EMT, credit card over the phone or in office.
We are open to discussing other personalized arrangements to help you access preventive dental care.
If you can only afford a certain level of care, we will tailor your treatment to suit your budget and help you prioritize your needs.
Please text or call the gumLINE if you'd like to talk about it or click to schedule a complimentary consult.
Never under estimate the power of a rockin' dental hygiene routine at home. Brush thoroughly at least twice a day with a remineralizing toothpaste and clean the in betweens with an interdental tool of choice (string floss, floss sticks, interdental brushes or a Waterpik).
A solid home care routine can help reduce your chance of having dental trouble, can lower the cost of your dental hygiene visit and P.S. ... it's never too late to start.
Even if you've fallen behind with professional visits, it's worth your while to get back at it and you may be able to improve your oral health at home.