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Our Pricing Structure

At the Hobart Orofacial Pain and Special Needs Clinic we believe that prices for dental care have been and continue to be out of reach for many Tasmanians’. This has been repeatedly proven with many recent studies on access to medical and dental care that show up to 60% of Australian’s have no intention on visiting a dentist in the next 12 months due to cost.

Whilst the cost of providing professional dental care of a high standard is extremely expensive, we strive to keep our fees as low as possible in an attempt to allow more people to access dental care on a regular basis.  Our prices are therefore set to reflect our experience, qualifications, cost of service provision, and our desire to offer a community service to the underprivileged where possible.

This dire situation of affordability for dental care must change urgently but there is no easy answer, and health insurance funds continue to increase their fees whilst simultaneously reducing benefit payment amounts. As a lure, a health insurer will often attempt to sway a client to seek treatment from their ‘preferred provider’ which is nothing more than a practice that has agreed to treat persons at cut prices.  In many cases the amount the insurer will pay the provider is less than the cost of providing the actual service.  By directing clients to preferred providers, it does nothing more than increase the health insurers profit margins. Please see our News Pages for further information on Health Insurance and the preferred provider schemes.

At our practice we have decided not to participate in these schemes including other newly introduced ‘Dental Plans’ that ask practices to heavily discount treatment for their members which again is much less than the actual cost of providing that service.  This purely “robs Peter to pay Paul” to cover the cost of providing treatment to some people at a higher price to subsidise the treatment cost to others at a heavily discounted lower price.  Or, practices often have to increase their fees on some services to be able to provide others at cheaper costs as dictated by the health insurers.  And that we believe, is not acceptable.

Therefore, please find in our prices page a list of the more common item numbers and guide to pricing for many of the services we provide.  All persons with health care cards, pension cards,  and Special Needs are treated at Department of Veteran Affairs rates for their general dental requirements.

PDFDVA Dental Scheme Schedule of Fees

Further information and definitive treatment plan costs are always provided during the consultation and assessment appointment before any treatment commences.

017 Consultation by referral (extended) $141
016 Consultation by referral $95
014 Consultation $88
011 Initial Examination $75
013 Limited Examination $69
022 Single Xray $49
071 Diagnostic Model $ 79

Oral Surgery
051 Biopsy of Tissue $140
311 Extraction $185
314 Section of Tooth $295
323 Surgical Extraction $330
324 Complex Surgical Extraction $356
331 Alveolectomy – recontoring of ridge or removal of tori per quadrant $150 – $350
371 Removal of tumour / cyst / scar $250 – $350
382 Surgical exposure of tooth and bonding of orthodontic attachment $420
391 Frenectomy (removal of tongue tie) $285

236 Guided tissue membrane $180 – $330 (depends on membrane size)
243 Osseous graft per tooth or implant $320 – $400 (depends on anterior or posterior tooth)
684 Implant – First stage surgery $1,600
691 Implant – Second stage surgery (tissue former / healing cap / abutment) $340

TMJ / Snoring and Sleep Apnoea / Orthodontics
965 Occlusal Splint $653
984 Mandibular advancement device for snoring $890
Invisalign – Full course of treatment $6,000

Botox for TMJ disorders and chronic headaches 100 – 195 units as per the PREEMPT protocol $800 – $1200*
*Any person considering Botox treatment for bruxism are encouraged to read our Botox page before proceeding.