Treatment Fees ($)    
  Lower Midpoint Upper
Basic maintenance      
Hygienist (30 minutes)      80      92    115
Dentist: Examination only      50      65     80
Dentist: Examination, x-rays      80      95   110
Dentist: Examination, scale & polish      88    105   125
Dentist: Examination, x-rays, scale & polish    110    135   165
Fillings      
Amalgam filling, 1 surface    110    140   170
Composite filling, 1 surface    130    160   190
Amalgam filling, 2 surfaces    155    180   220
Appearance       
Porcelain veneer    988  1200  1324
Composite crown    280    350    433
Porcelain crown (porcelain fused to metal - PFM)  1200  1273  1400
Ceramic crown   1200  1300  1495
Guide to the table 
  • Fees are from a national survey conducted by the New Zealand Dental Association in March 2013. The survey asked about "standard" (no complications) fees. GST is included.
  • Lower is the lower quartile: 25 percent of fees were lower than this.
  • Midpoint is the middle point.
  • Upper is the upper quartile: 25 percent of fees were higher than this. 

Differences

There can be a wide variation in charges (and Auckland fees were generally the highest). But you can find two dentists in the same city charging very different rates. Why?

Many factors influence a dentist’s hourly rates. One is the level of hi-tech: the dentist needs to cover the cost of expensive new equipment. Dr David Crum, CEO of the NZDA, says “costs, depending on how advanced the disease and the particular treatment option that a patient selects, will vary greatly. ... Dentists work in a competitive environment, and base their charges on the need to cover their business costs and after that earn incomes similar to doctors and other health professionals.”

So it pays to look after your teeth. Dr Crum advises regular check-ups to diagnose problems early, and taking a preventive approach through twice daily cleaning using a fluoride toothpaste and having a sensible diet. You’ll find advice on oral health for infants, children, teens and adults – plus the full results of the fees survey – on the NZDA website www.healthysmiles.org.nz.

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