ODA Fee Guide, Recommended Prices for Dental Service

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ODA Fee Guide is an index 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. Our three locations are all in downtown Toronto, the largest urban city in Canada, and so by following this guideline we believe we’re offering incredible value. Our fees are the same as elsewhere, but our service is exceptional and we have

ODA Fee Guide is only a framework because there are so many variables that must be factored into each individual’s price equation. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to generalize the costs in a standardized list. It creates a situation where the fees listed in the price guide are almost never what are 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 such extenuating factors are not available here to consumers are price-checking online as dentist needs to see the task-at-hand before they can discern all nuances of the remedy.

Archer Dental believes in the importance of posting the ODA Fee Guide to help each consumer budget costs accordingly. Our own dentists, hygienists and office managers will work with patients to develop a treatment plan that fits within their lifestyle. We’ll 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.

Cost of Teeth Cleaning: Scaling $58 (15 mins) – $232 (60 mins)

At Archer Dental our teeth cleaning service is called Hygiene Therapy. This is very comprehensive program which 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 is $30 minimum and $130 maximum.

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.

Dental Patient Exam Fee is $140 for adults

The cost of the examination itself, according to the 2021 Ontario Dental Association Fee Guide, depends on the patients’ age and their level of dentition. An adult exam (full permanent dentition) will cost $140. An adolescent exam (mixed dentition) will cost $110, while a child’s exam (primary dentition) only costs $70.

All of the procedures listed below can only be prescribed after a patient exam. The dentist has legally binding responsibilities in connection with his or her due diligence. That means this fee will always appear on your bill. It’s necessary to discern proper diagnosis and optimal treatment.

Cost to get White Fillings is $160 – $380 depending on complexity

White composite fillings are also called white or resin fillings. The correct term is restoration and we consider these to be 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 (amount) 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) bring the variance in fees. To place this restoration, your dentist must first clean all decay from the tooth and either she or a restorative hygienist will put bonding material on the inside layer of the affected area. Composite resin is placed into the depression in thin increment layers. Each layer gets hard or is polymerized with the help of a special ‘curing’ light that your dentist / restorative hygienist holds over the tooth. When the final layer has hardened, our clinician will shape and smooth the restoration so it looks and feels natural.

Cost to fix a Chipped Tooth is between $160 and $380

A chipped tooth or a snaggletooth is simply missing some enamel and Archer Dental will repair the damage with a white composite filling material. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin. Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material stick to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth followed by a tooth-colored resin. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material. Patients will need to replace bonding about every five to ten years.

Cost of Tooth Extractions is $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 is $865 + 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.

Cost of Veneers is $864, lab fees (approx $300)

Dental veneers are porcelain or composite shells which fit over and are affixed to a tooth that has been reduced for this cosmetic overlay. Before Archer Dental can install veneers, patients must undergo a complete dental examination to determine if there are other issue that must be addressed before this work is done.

Retainers cost between $500 and $750

Dental retainers keep patients’ teeth from moving after they’ve been straightened with braces. It can take at least four to six months for teeth that have recently moved to become permanently set in their new spot and retainers keep things straight. Replacement clear retainers, like an Invisalign or an Essix retainer will cost between $500 and $750. The first retainer’s cost will likely be included in the patient’s total orthodontic treatment fees. Additional retainers are approximately $500 to purchase or replace.

Full Dentures cost approximately $1400

Full dentures are a complete set, usually worn in either the upper or lower sections, or both. Dentures like these can be standard (basic type), precision (improved fit and performance), immediate, or Implant dentures and the patient’s choice affects pricing.

Partial Dentures start at $300

Partial dentures are sometimes a better option than a complete denture to replace a lost tooth in the lower jaw especially if some teeth can be preserved. Most people experience difficulties adapting to removable complete lower dentures.

Cost of Tooth Replacement (a 3-unit Bridge) is $3500

Dental bridges are an affordable tooth replacement option. The cost of dental bridges varies, and with insurance the costs reduce significantly, but most patients pay between approximately $3500 to bridge (replace) a single tooth. You’ll pay more for an all-porcelain bridge than for a metal or porcelain-fused bridge.

Price of a Root Canal is $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 including crown. The fee depends on the complexity of the surgery.

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.

Gum Graft Surgery costs between $1400 and $2800 per tooth

A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, is used to correct receding gums. It’s used to reduce further recession and bone loss. In a gum graft surgery, Archer Dental’s periodontist first removes a piece of tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth or from other healthy gum tissue. Gum grafts can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. The surgery is done to reduce tooth sensitivity and improve a patient’s smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health. The cost for gum grafting can vary depending on a few factors. It typically ranges from $1400 to $2800 CAD for each tooth.

Cost of Botox for TMJ Treatment is between $500 and $1000

Botox injectables are purified non-animal protein which relaxes select muscles to induce a temporary soothing relaxation which is a prescribed treatment for TMD. The cost depends on the number of Botox injections required to mitigate the patient’s pain symptoms and their placement and how the injections are administered. At Archer Dental, the average fee is about $880.

Invisible Braces ( SureCure / Invisalign) are $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.

GLO Teeth Whitening costs $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.