There are different dental examinations; each has its focus and cost.
All costs in this article are according to the Ontario Dental Fee Guide 2024
Complete Dental Exam or New Patient Exam cost:
Other types of dental examinations:
Complete examinations are usually performed when you join a new practice or your last visit to the dentist was a very long time ago, generally over 12 months. When a complete examination is performed, the dentist will focus on these most common areas:
Emergency examinations are performed when the patient has pain in a specific mouth area. The dentist will focus on the affected area to diagnose and provide a solution to the pain.
Specific examinations are performed when the patient has no pain and is just concerned about a particular area of the mouth to get their dentist's recommendations or feedback.
Recall Examination is a simple visual examination done by the dentist after a patient has completed a dental cleaning. The dentist will visually check the patient's mouth, discuss any concerns found by the hygienist, and answer any questions the patient might have. It can only be performed after a dental hygienist has performed a dental cleaning.
Dental X-rays are not included in the dental exam fee and have their own separate cost, but they are necessary to perform a dental examination. Without X-rays, it will be impossible to diagnose things the dentist cannot see inside your mouth, for example, between your teeth or under your gums.