Understanding Dental Fees

Dentists are focused on providing you with high-quality individualized care to support your dental and overall health. Understanding how dental fees are established will help you make the best decisions for you and your family.

The costs related to operating a dental office are the dentist’s responsibility. They include capital costs, rent, dental instruments, staff salaries, equipment, computers, and other materials. While the cost of operating a dental practice in Alberta may be higher than in other provinces, a comparison of dental fees for common procedures across the provinces shows that some procedures are more expensive while others cost less in Alberta.

Dental services are highly individualized, and the cost may vary from person to person. For example, cleaning the teeth of a person who eats healthy foods and brushes and flosses after eating will take less time than cleaning the teeth of a person who brushes less often or smokes.  

If you’re unclear about anything regarding your proposed treatment or costs, talk to your dentist. Understanding everything upfront will help you have the best experience possible as you take care of your oral health.

2024 Full Fee Guide Requests

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Alberta Dental Association members can access the full 2024 Fee Guides in the ADA Member Lounge (login required). Dental office staff unable to access the ADA Member Lounge, please fill out the form below to receive a copy of the full 2024 Fee Guide.