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ADA Health Policy Institute

Statistics on Dental Procedures

How much do particular dental procedures cost?

The ADA cannot quote fees for dental procedures. Survey data from a nationwide random sample of dentists who were asked to record the fee most often charged for different dental procedures are collected and published in the ADA's Survey of Dental Fees report. The report provides information on what dentists who completed the survey typically charge, but these are not "recommended" fees from the ADA, or an ADA standard for fees.

DISCLAIMER: The published survey data should not be interpreted as constituting a fee schedule in any way, and should not be used for that purpose. The ADA is forbidden by federal law to set or recommend fees. Dentists establish their own fees based on their individual practice and market considerations.

Related item: 2016 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members on the Center for Professional Success website.

 

Where can I get the ADA’s fee schedule?

The ADA does not publish a fee schedule, as federal law forbids the ADA from setting fees for dentists. The ADA does conduct a Survey of Dental Fees, from which a report is published. The ADA Survey of Dental Fees report can be purchased by anyone, including dentists, patients, and insurance companies.

Related item: 2016 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members on the Center for Professional Success website.

 

I called my insurance company to dispute what they consider to be “reasonable and customary/usual and customary” charges for my zip code. They said that if we have an issue, to take it to the ADA, because that is who provides them with the “usual and customary fees” for zip codes?

The insurance company is misinforming you. If an insurance company has fee information by zip code, it did not come from the ADA. The ADA does conduct a Survey of Dental Fees, from which a report is published. However, federal law forbids the ADA from setting fees for dentists. The ADA Survey of Dental Fees report can be purchased by anyone, including dentists, patients, and insurance companies. The report does not have average fees for zip codes, cities, or states.

Related item: 2016 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members on the Center for Professional Success website.

 

How often are particular dental procedures performed?

The last published report, the 2005-06 Survey of Dental Services Rendered, is free to members or is available for purchase. At this time, we do not have an update scheduled for this report.