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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 fees most often charged for different dental procedures are collected and published in the ADA 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: 2018 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members.

 

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 and is available for purchase.

Related item: 2018 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members.

 

I called my insurance company to dispute what they consider to be a "reasonable and customary" charge for a dental procedure in my zip code. They said to contact the ADA if I have an issue because the ADA provides the insurance company with "reasonable and customary fees."

The insurance company is misinforming you. If an insurance company has fee information by zip code, it did not come from the ADA. 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 and 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: 2018 Survey of Dental Fees, available as a free download to ADA members.

 

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. For historic trends on dental utilization by procedure type, see HPI's Annual Dental Industry Report, which is available for purchase.