Understanding the 2018 Dental Fees Guide in Alberta
Dental and medical expenses are a bit of an enigma to many people. Insurance is confusing, all the different “codes” that are used are daunting...there is no disputing it because, in reality, you really have no idea what the “standard” prices are for the treatment you received.
Alberta Dental Fee Guideline 2018
On January 1st, 2018, a guideline was published outlining the different dental treatments and standard costs accounted with those treatments. This was done in the interest of transparency and an attempt to align themselves with the other provinces in Canada. The hope is for providers in Alberta to begin pricing their services in accordance with the new guide. Let our staff walk you through some of the finer points of the new guide and how the fees available at your family dentist in Calgary compare with other clinics.
Create an open dialogue with your dentist
The new guideline will keep the average consumer informed about the industry standard for dental pricing. With this information you can discuss why they do or don’t follow the new guide. It’s important to clarify that dentists are not required to follow the guidelines. But with enough inquiries from clients who might take their business elsewhere, your dentist might be enticed into making some pricing changes in the future.
Limit the cost of your dental care
Armed with this new information, you’ll be able to shop around for different dentists to see who can offer the best price. Whether it’s for dental implants, wisdom teeth removal or root canal surgery, you’ll be able to find the absolute best price in Calgary. With these new guidelines, there’s always a second option available. Use it to your advantage and get the best care possible for your money.
Get an estimate before committing
Now that you know exactly how much your procedure is worth, ask for an estimate before you commit to a specific provider. Understand that if you need to get a second opinion, you will have to pay to be examined a second time. A dentist cannot use someone else’s examination to provide an estimate.
How are treatment fees determined?
Fees are essentially determined based on the operating costs of a given dental clinic. Staff, equipment, tools, lab fees, etc. will all play a role in determining how much your treatment costs.
If you need a good family dentist in the Northern Hills communities or Panorama Hills specifically, make an appointment with our dental clinic in Calgary.