Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.
Prevent problems early. Your child's first dental visit should occur by age one or within six months of when you see the first tooth.
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, regular dental visits support your health and your baby's.
Most dental disease is preventable—starting with these five steps to take at home.
Clenching or grinding your teeth (often at night) may be the reason and can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw.
Your dentist may recommend a number of treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as a denture.
A series of common questions on dental care and treatment.
Click on the questions below for the answer.
The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) produces
an annual suggested fee guide for dentists in BC. This document
outlines over 1,400 dental codes and code descriptors related to
specific elements of dental treatment. It also provides suggested fees
that serve as a guide only; dentists are not required to follow the
guide or any fee schedule. Many dental plan carriers will base plan
coverage on fees and codes within this guide. In some cases the coverage
is based on previous year's guides (going back a year or more). Note:
Dental plan providers do not work with the BCDA to develop the guide.
No. While many dentists will follow a number of fees
within the guide, there is no requirement to do so. Dental offices
consider a number of variables when determining costs for their office.
See also: How are dental fees determined?
There is no requirement for dentists to charge the
suggested fees outlined in the dental fee guides. Dentists determine
costs for their office based on the factors influencing their individual
practice. See also: How are dental fees determined?
A print copy of the suggested fee guide can be found in main public libraries (PDF)—this
is the same print copy sent to all dentists in BC. The BCDA does not
produce an electronic version of the fee guide for the public or its
members. If patients have questions related to a specific code, they can
inquire with their dentist directly, or contact the BCDA 604 736 7202.Patients
are reminded that this document is only a guide and dentists are not
required to charge the suggested fees outlined. See also: What is the suggested fee guide? The
fee guide is a very complex document, with more than 1,400 code
representing a wide range of dental procedures for the prevention and
treatment of oral disease. Due to the technical nature of the guide,
patients often require some interpretation of the descriptors in order
to understand the content. Patients are advised to discuss any questions
related to their recommended treatment options or the cost of treatment
with their dentist.
The 2018 Abbreviated General Practitioner’s Suggested Fee Guide
(PDF) is intended to provide British Columbians with some information
on common dental procedure codes and the suggested fee guide. This is
intended for reference only and may not reflect the specifics of your
treatment and associated costs.It is important to note:
Fees outlined are suggested only. Dentists determine their own treatment fees for the services they provide.
vary. Cost of dental treatment varies by dental practice, location and
the individual needs of the patient. Lab costs can also vary and may be
required for treatment.
Procedures may require multiple codes. The complete BCDA 2017 suggested fee guide (available at public libraries - PDF)
contains over 1,400 codes representing a wide range of dental
procedures for the prevention and treatment of oral disease. Your
treatment plan may include one or several codes outlined in the
suggested fee guide.
The abbreviated fee guide comprises of a list of common
dental procedures along with respective procedure codes and suggested
fees.Note: One Unit of time = 15 minutes, One Half Unit = 7 1/2 minutes+E refers to additional expense for materials; +L refers to commercial or in house laboratory costs.What you can do?Talk
to your dentist. Discuss all of your treatment options with your
dentists and the associated costs before proceeding with treatment.Ask
if your dental office follows the suggested fee guide. A dental office
may bill some, or all codes, based on the suggested fee guide. Check
with your office to make sure you are clear about all the costs of your
treatment before proceeding. Request a written estimate for complex