The American Dental Association does not establish universal procedure fees, leaving dentists to set their own rates, so one must contact the specific dentist to request a price list. As of 2015, the online Fair Health Consumer Cost Lookup tool allows patients to research average costs in their area.
To use the Fair Health Consumer Cost Lookup tool, patients must first type in the zip code or city and state where the dentist practices. Next, they must indicate whether they have dental insurance and input the procedure code for the dental treatment for which they are seeking a price estimate. If they are unaware of the procedure code, there is a list of procedure names on the page from which to choose. After the form is filled out with the appropriate information, the website displays an estimate of the amount the patient can expect to pay for the procedure based on location. If the patient is insured, the website also provides an estimated reimbursement amount.
Some dental offices publish price lists online, so it is worth checking the dentist's official website to see if a comprehensive breakdown of procedure costs is available. For example, Sexton Dental Clinic lists costs for the Florence, South Carolina location on the clinic's website as of 2015. However, many dental offices do not publish such lists and require that patients request pricing information via phone or in person.