Dental Exam Costs in the USA

How much does a dental exam cost? Well, the average cost for a dental exam is $275 without insurance. A dental exam includes an oral examination, x-rays, and a routine teeth cleaning. This average cost was derived from 7816 prices gathered by OkCopay for dentists across the United States.

Use our interactive map below, to see how the out-of-pocket costs for dental exams varies widely across the country. The lowest average costs for dental exams are found in Columbus, Ohio for $247. Dentists in Washington DC, however, charge the most with an average of $327.

To use the map hover over a city with your mouse to see the cost range and average (median) prices.

Procedure Details

The costs for dental exam includes the following:

  • Oral Examination
  • Basic Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
  • Bite-Wing X-Rays
  • Any applicable cash-pay and uninsured discounts

This bundle of procedures is also referred to as a New Patient Exam.

Dental Exam Costs by City

Methodology

Our prices are the estimated costs you can expect to pay without using any form of insurance. Our focus is to provide you an accurate estimate of the costs you will face when paying for a dental exam out of pocket. Prices shown include all applicable "cash-pay" and uninsured discounts. The primary source of cost data is from first-hand surveys with doctor and dentist offices gathered by OkCopay.  The data is further supplemented by publicly available claims data and provider websites. When going to the dentist, there are also additional potential costs to consider. For instance,  patients that have not seen a dentist in the last few years may also opt for a full-mouth series (about 16 to 20 individual X-ray films). Digital X-Rays typically they cost 2 to 4 times more.

Dental Exam Costs by City

RankCityLowest cost dental exam Highest cost dental exam Average Cost
1San Jose, CA$ 25$ 450$ 150
2Las Vegas, NV$ 40$ 500$ 155
3Salt Lake City, UT$ 39$ 329$ 175
4Los Angeles, CA$ 35$ 594$ 185
5Dallas, TX$ 74$ 380$ 200
6Philadelphia, PA$ 54$ 417$ 220
7Houston, TX$ 74$ 626$ 225
8Louisville, KY$ 69$ 352$ 226
9New Orleans, LA$ 185$ 384$ 230
10Oklahoma City, OK$ 59$ 422$ 236
11Birmingham, AL$ 132$ 299$ 240
12Cleveland, OH$ 69$ 304$ 240
13Phoenix, AZ$ 19$ 400$ 243
14St Louis, MO$ 59$ 360$ 245
15Columbus, OH$ 59$ 443$ 247
16Miami, FL$ 79$ 680$ 250
17San Diego, CA$ 59$ 475$ 252
18Kansas City, MO$ 59$ 462$ 259
19San Francisco, CA$ 29$ 520$ 260
20Baltimore, MD$ 149$ 403$ 265
21Cincinnati, OH$ 59$ 439$ 265
22Indianapolis, IN$ 29$ 475$ 267
23Austin, TX$ 59$ 521$ 269
24Charleston, SC$ 270$ 270$ 270
25Nashville, TN$ 59$ 366$ 270
26Atlanta, GA$ 99$ 610$ 284
27Memphis, TN$ 99$ 436$ 284
28Richmond, VA$ 59$ 413$ 284
29Tampa, FL$ 59$ 444$ 284
30Denver, CO$ 20$ 496$ 290
31Portland, OR$ 29$ 508$ 290
32Milwaukee, WI$ 124$ 450$ 292
33Chicago, IL$ 79$ 512$ 294
34Charlotte, NC$ 202$ 470$ 295
35Minneapolis, MN$ 50$ 454$ 298
36New York, NY$ 75$ 764$ 304
37Boston, MA$ 50$ 556$ 310
38Seattle, WA$ 29$ 595$ 314
39Detroit, MI$ 25$ 441$ 318
40Raleigh, NC$ 191$ 426$ 327
41Washington DC$ 29$ 601$ 327
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