If you have dental insurance, your policy likely covers at least one, and often two dental cleanings and exams each year. If you do not have dental insurance, your cleaning may cost between $100-$400 on NYC’s Upper East Side. The cost may vary based on the digital imaging tests you need.
Teeth Cleaning Appointments Include Comprehensive Exams
Teeth cleaning appointments on the UWS include a comprehensive exam and evaluation. During this examination, your dentist will be looking for signs of decay, any changes in soft tissues, and any signs of gum disease. Additionally, your dentist will evaluate your teeth for excessive wear and tear on the teeth (indicating teeth grinding or clenching while sleeping). They will also evaluate your bite to ensure your upper and lower arches are in proper alignment. If your bite is misaligned, they may suggest Invisalign to correct the bite and protect your teeth from wear and tear.
For younger patients, the dentist will examine the teeth for deep crevices and grooves that may benefit from dental sealants. They will also monitor young people for signs that wisdom teeth are erupting, and recommend extraction if necessary.
Why are Teeth Cleanings Necessary Twice a Year?
Teeth cleanings twice a year serve both diagnostic and preventative functions. Even those with excellent brushing habits and perfect flossing techniques are unable to remove all of the plaque that builds up on the teeth. Professional cleanings remove this plaque and tartar, preventing tooth decay (cavities), and gum disease (gingivitis). Thus, cleanings fulfill the preventative role.
Dental cleaning appointments also serve as an invaluable diagnostic tool. Because you’ll have a complete oral examination each time you see the dentist for a cleaning, any developing problems will be caught early. Your dentist will look for signs of tissue changes, wear and tear on the teeth, inflammation, and problems with your bite alignment. Oral exams allow the dentist to initiate rapid intervention to prevent worsening, and more costly problems later.
Insurance and Teeth Cleaning
All dental insurance plans offer some coverage for preventative treatments such as routine dental cleanings. Most of them pay for the full cost of two cleanings per year. However, treatments beyond cleanings and examinations are subject to your policy’s coverage limits. For example, if you need a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, your insurance may only offer partial coverage.
Before scheduling your routine cleaning, oral exam, and complete mouth evaluation, check with your insurance policy for details.
Schedule a Dental Exam and Cleaning on the Upper East Side
At the dental practice of Minoli & Vijay, our experienced general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentists provide comprehensive oral exams and dental cleanings. In addition, our expert dentists provide treatment for snoring, TMJ disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea. To schedule a preventative cleaning and exam, or a consultation for cosmetic services, contact us today at 212-888-4140. For your convenience, you are also welcome to request an appointment online. We look forward to providing you with exceptional dental care on the UES.