Brushing your teeth daily and flossing regularly can help to keep your pearly whites healthy, but a visit to the dentist at least once a year for a thorough cleaning and scaling is still a must!
By seeing your dentist regularly, you can also treat any dental problems that may arise before it exacerbates – be it tooth decay, cracks or chips in the tooth or other more serious issues. I once cracked my molar from biting on almonds and my dentist told me that the tooth would crack further if I had not seen him and left it untreated.
There’s basically no way around it – you just have to make time to see the dentist whether you like it or not! It’s really not worth it to scrimp and save now, only to allow what was previously just a simple tooth decay problem to fester into something more serious, which then becomes more complex (and more expensive) to treat!
“Dental treatment costs in Singapore”
You can either opt to go to public institutions such as polyclinics or private dental clinics for your dental treatment needs.
Let’s take a look at the cost of dental consultations and common dental procedures in Singapore for both public and private dental care:
|Consultation Fees||$14.10 - $27||$21.40 - $120|
|Polishing & Scaling||$46.90 - $70||$50 - $180|
|Filing (per tooth)||$17 - $48.70||$58 - $100|
|Tooth Extraction (per tooth)||$23.30 - $37.70||$60 - $100|
|Dental Implant (per tooth)||$1,800 - $1,944||$2,500 - $7,000|
|Wisdom Tooth Surgery (per tooth)||$500 - $800||$400 - $2,000|
|Root Canal (per tooth)||$258 - $1,200||$400 - $2,000|
As you can see, the cost for private dental clinics have a very wide range as the dental private practices in Singapore have differing levels of service and quality. For example, whether or not you’re seeing a specialist dentist with many years of experience and expertise will affect the cost of your treatment as well.
“What are cheap dental care options in Singapore that I can go for?”
The cheapest option for your dental care needs would be to visit public institutions like SingHealth’s National Dental and National Healthcare Group polyclinics which offer dental services.
Under the SingHealth Group, the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) provides a wide range of dental specialist services and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) also offers dental services.
The National Healthcare Group Polyclinics offer dental services at these five specific polyclinic branches only:
- Ang Mo Kio
- Toa Payoh
The consultation fees are subsidized and range from $14.10 to $27 for Singapore citizens, as per their websites. They also provide online appointment booking options so that you can easily book your appointment with them, but do bear in mind that they do collect an $8 deposit fee that will be lost for no-shows.
“I don’t want to go to polyclinics for my dental needs. What are other affordable dental clinic options in Singapore that I can consider?”
If you would prefer a faster and more convenient option, you could opt to see a dentist at one of the affordable, heartland dental clinics.
Local dental chain such as Q&M Dental Group is one such option. According to their website, consultation charges with the dentist is $21.40 and up while consultation with a specialist is $37.45 and up. Thus, if you would like to see a dentist there for your regular dental check-up plus scaling and polishing, it will cost $96.30 and up.
|Consultation with dentist||$21.40 and up|
|Scaling and polishing||$74.90 and up|
Besides Q&M, there are a few that have sprouted up over the years.
Other affordable dental clinic brands you should know are Unity Denticare and B9 Dental.
Consultation fees at Unity Denticare starts from $22 and up while scaling and polishing would be an additional cost of only $50 and up. For B9 Dental, consultation charges are waived when you do scaling and polishing, thus the total bill will only be $60 and up for cleaning your teeth!
“I am concerned about the level of care and service of my dentist. Which dentist should I see?”
If you’re the type who are concerned with the level of care and expertise and are not too conscious about the fees, you may want to opt to see a specialist dentist in private practice. This is especially so if the dental treatment you’re seeking is complex.
In general, specialists are considered more skillful because they undergo an additional two to four years of postdoctoral training in a specific field and those in private practice must have chalked up years and years of experience in the public sector before opening their own clinic in private practice. These specialists often have a solid pool of regular patients who see them and are known for specific procedures that they specialize in.
For example, if you would like to get your wisdom tooth surgically removed, you may want to see an OMS specialist instead. For your root canal surgery, you may want to consider seeing an endodontist.
Some of our favorite private practices include Parkway Dental, Orchard Scotts Dental, T32 Dental as well as Specialist Dental Group.
It is best to see what dental procedure you are seeking, which specialty it falls into and then search for a specialist in that field who has done thousands of cases of the procedure.
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