Dental Estimates

Treatment planning

Before any treatment can start, your dentist will review your medical history and symptoms. They will also do a thorough examination of your mouth. Dental treatments are always patient-specific, based on your individual needs. Since dental health needs vary between people, so will treatment plans. No two treatment plans are the same.


Discussing treatment options

After the exam, a dentist will discuss treatment options with you. They also will discuss the procedure details, associated risks and benefits, and estimated costs. This can also have an influence on cost. The dentist only proceeds with treatment once informed consent is obtained.

To help you understand more about your proposed treatment, you are encouraged to ask questions such as:

  • Why are you recommending the treatment option(s) presented?
  • How will the treatment(s) affect my overall health?
  • Are there alternative treatment options available?
  • What are the risks associated with each option?
  • What are the benefits associated with each option?
  • What are the implications if I refuse or delay treatment?
  • What can I do to prevent similar problems in the future?
  • What can I do to maintain the recommended dental treatment?

The estimate process

Your dentist can only provide a cost estimate because costs may change when the actual treatment is being performed. Like any health procedure, treatment planning can also change over the course of treatment.
Where applicable, the dentist will submit a detailed estimate (pre-determination) to your insurance company to help inform your decision about your treatment. The insurance company will respond to the estimate with details about your coverage. Generally, this response is sent directly to the patient.


Making a decision

Upon receiving the insurance company response, the dentist can discuss next steps in executing the chosen treatment plan. Together, you will decide on the procedures to undertake and their timing – all to suit your personal needs.

It’s important that you feel comfortable before proceeding with any dental treatment. If you are concerned with any aspect of a proposed treatment plan, feel free to ask us anything. You also are welcome to seek a second opinion; however, when doing so, you likely will need to pay for another examination and consultation at the second office.
Ultimately, it is up to you to choose the option that you are most comfortable with.


Cliffcrest Dental

2995 Kingston Rd, Scarborough,
ON M1M 1P1, Canada