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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can i call a dentist for a price of stuff to be done i am to get a teeth cleaning and a cavity filled, i have no insurance so it will be out of pocket, do dentists have a set price for these things that they can give me an idea of how much it will be?.

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Dr. Zev Kaufman
Dentistry - Cosmetic 29 years experience
Prices : Prices for dental services do vary from state to state and region to region. A specialty office will also charge you more. Ask your friends and family if they have a dentist to recommend to you. When people are happy with the dentist, they will tell you about it. Most offices will not quote you fees over the phone, however, it is not unreasonable for you to ask how much the initial appointment is. Go in and meet the dentist. If the dentist inspires confidence, the price should not be a major issue. It is most important to have confidence in your dentist.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
As : As the other panelists have advised, an examination with radiographs is you key to getting an estimate for your treatment. You are not alone in paying out of pocket.. Many patients do. Each office charges differently, and fees vary from region to region, so it's hard to give you fees in your area.
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Dr. Alan Zweig
Prosthodontics 47 years experience
When : When a new patient calls, we always tell them what the cost of the first visit will be since that is a standard appointment. When it comes to fillings or more complex treatment, we quote those fees after an examination and before that next visit is scheduled. We don't quote fees over the phone for hypothetical issues that we ourselves have not diagnosed. That requires an examination and conversation.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
No: Remember that dentistry is an individualized service, not a commodity. While dentist may be able to quote fee for new-patient examination and cleaning, they will not be able to quote fee for services such as restorations without first doing an examination. Remember, you get what you pay for.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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