ODA Fee Guide, Recommended Prices for Dental Service

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The ODA Fee Guide is a reference of suggested fees for dental services. The list is updated annually by the Ontario Dental Association. Many dental offices set their own fees according to their market.  We are located in downtown Toronto, the largest urban city in Canada, and so we believe what we offer is incredible value; our fees are based on suggested ODA guidelines but our service is exceptional. Archer Dental has three locations offering many specialty services and excellent hours at competitive ODA suggested fees.

The ODA Suggested Fee Guide helps dentists derive fees, but this is only a guide and the fees are only suggested. A dentist may use this guide to formulate a fee for their dental services. Once a dentist has established a fee for a certain service, with special exceptions, he / she will charge that fee to all patients, regardless of whether or not the patient has a dental plan.

Because there are so many variables that must be factored into each individual’s price equation, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to generalize the costs in a standard list. It creates a situation where the fees listed in price guides are almost never what’s realized in the appointment. Mitigating circumstances can both reduce costs and or raise them by a percentage. The criteria is usually stated on the invoice, sometimes in accompanying notes and briefs if there isn’t room on the form, but the reasons are always made known beforehand. However the extenuating factors are NOT available to consumers are price-checking online, as dentists need to see the task-at-hand before they can discern the appropriate fee.

That being said, Archer Dental believes in the importance of posting ODA Fee Guidelines inspired prices to help consumers budget costs accordingly. Our own dentists and hygienists and office managers will work with patients to develop a treatment plan that fits within their lifestyle needs. We will provide a full cost breakdown, insuring reasonable fees (even those charged by our suppliers) as we strive to achieve the best possible results. We believe in transparency.

Archer Dental Fee Guide

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We have found, in our experience, that when presented with set prices some patients believe they can simply order dental services off-the-menu, as though our dental clinics were restaurants or health spas.  A dentist’s office is not like these businesses, and the treatments are not suggested but prescribed.  The practitioner forms a health care strategy that is optimal and should not be affected by costs or have its quality reduced by removing key components to formulate better pricing.

Rather than post these services and prices alphabetically they are arranged by frequency and chronology. This is the logical order of things and the way most patients encounter fees.

Hygiene Therapy / Teeth Cleaning                                                  Scaling  $60 (15 mins) – $240 (60 mins)

At Archer Dental our teeth cleaning service is called Hygiene Therapy and it’s very comprehensive and includes an Oral Health Exam after scaling / cleaning treatment.  For an extra $40 the patient may get an additional tooth polishing service with a coarse or medium paste to remove extrinsic stain such as coffee, tea, wine etc.  It has a refreshing minty taste.

Price of X-Rays: $30 – $130

At Archer Dental we only take the necessary X-rays (properly termed radiographs)  to determine if and which dental treatment is necessary; our dentists and specialists need to see the patient’s mouth from the inside out.  Archer Dental offices also uses 3D oral scanners and related display technology to exhibit to patient’s teeth exactly as they are now and what they may look like after treatment. This is how we empower patients to understand their options and make the best decisions.

White Composite Fillings: $160 – $380 depending on complexity

Composite fillings are also called white or resin fillings. The correct term is called a restoration and we like to refer to them as tooth coloured restorations.  The exact price of this procedure depends on where the tooth or teeth are located in the patients’ mouth and the size of the filling(s).  Generally speaking larger restorations i.e. more surfaces (the most surfaces a tooth can have is 5; the least is one) the variance in fees. To place this restoration, your dentist cleans all decay from the tooth and s/he or a restorative hygienist puts bonding material on the inside layer of the affected area. Composite resin is put into the depression in thin increment layers. Each layer gets hard or “polymerized” with the help of a special ‘curing’ light that your dentist/ restorative hygienist holds over the tooth. When the last layer of the filling is hardened  the clinical provider will shape and smooth the restoration so it looks, fits and feels natural.

Cost of Tooth Extractions: $170 – $540 per tooth

What is the cost of a tooth extraction? Tooth extraction costs varies according to the location of the tooth, sedatives used, and the number of teeth removed, and complications involved in the extraction. There are a variety of dental extractions; and the fees vary based on the difficulty of extraction, extent/location to access and based on current angulation / accessibility within the bone and gingiva / gum area. Wisdom teeth generally are the most expensive extractions with ranges and baby teeth the most inexpensive due to their roots or lack thereof.  Often radiographs can predict the level of complexity to provide the most accurate quotes.

Price of Dental Crowns: $800 + lab fees (approx $350)

Once again these are approximate prices, as the true cost of dental crowns varies based on a lot of factors. The materials that comprise the crown, the location of the tooth, and the size of the tooth all affect the price of the restoration.  This procedure requires working with a 3rd party business, a dental lab who creates the crown the dentist cements into place. Esthetics are important and custom shading, choosing various types of materials i.e. zirconium or emax crowns or gold crowns can vary the lab fees.  We have excellent partners and relations with our dental labs across the GTA who do beautiful work.

Price of a Root Canal $540 – $1250

Root canal treatment, also referred to as endodontic therapy is often the only viable option to retain a tooth that has suffered severe damage that has affected the nerve or has become infected. Front and back teeth have a varying number of roots.  Root canals on incisors (front teeth) usually cost less because they only have one root, while the same procedure on molars (back teeth) will invariably cost more because these teeth have three or more roots. Teeth that are calcified i.e. older adults or using radiographs can also help determine the difficulty of the root canal. At Archer Dental we also work with a number of endondontists in the city  to assist with more complex or involved cases or patients. Read more about Oral Surgery at Archer Dental.

Implant starts at $4200 incl crown (dependent on complexity or additional procedures needed)

Dental implants are among the most expensive procedures available at Archer Dental due to the complexity of the surgery.  Here again the cost is affected by additional dental procedures that may be required (for example, bone grafting).  Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants.

GLO Teeth Whitening $200 – $400

Archer Dental offers Teeth Whitening. Guided Light Optic (G.L.O.) that funnels the power of heat and a neon blue light in a form-fitted mouth tray; the intensity of the tray’s light and heat prevents active oxygen from escaping the tooth’s surface, and speeds up the whitening results while avoiding tooth sensitivity.

GLO Science teeth whitennig in TorontoGLO Teeth Whitening in Office treatment is $400.  GLO chair side service at Archer Dental is a fast professional treatment that creates a whiter smile in under an hour, without pain.  Suitable candidates must be approved in advance for the treatment at Archer Dental. Teeth whitening is usually proceeded by a cleaning and routine check-up.

GLO teeth whitening take-home kit is $200. This is a less powerful but infinitely more handy DIY teeth-whitening device that patients can use at home or at work.

When bought together as a package (we recommend for best and lasting results) the price is $550.00 for in office and take home kit.

Invisible Braces ( SureCure / Invisalign) $4500 – $5500

clear braces from SureCureInvisalign, or “invisible braces”, usually costs $4500-$5500. Invisalign is a name brand of clear orthodontic aligners. They’re also called clear braces, clear retainers, aligner trays, and similar. We are actively supporting our Canada made suppliers and products to deliver our patients excellent product and able to save our patients money. The made-in-Canada equivalent of our first choice  is SureCure and made here in Milton, Ontario.

At Archer Dental we really involve our patients in planning treatment. We spend the time and use the technology necessary for patients to really understand what they need, the treatment options, and the cost components. Some patients have insurance and some may not. Even for patients who have insurance, coverage can be complicated. We’ll work with you to educate you on the right questions to ask your insurance company, and we’ll empower you to be advocates for yourself and your family’s dental health.