Why Is It So Expensive Going to the Dentist?

There’s actually a reason for it.

The cost of dental treatment is pretty high in many countries. There are many reasons for this. Several of them amount to demands from patients and governments alike that modern dental treatment should be safe, based on norms for health, safety, and environment (HSE), and that it should have a high technical quality. 

In order to meet these demands, the dentist has to invest in ever more advanced equipment. This costs a lot of money, naturally. To meet the demands of documentation, they are also required to invest in expensive computer systems that should be able to store large amounts of data like journals, X-rays, photos, and more, in a safe way. The technical maintenance of all equipment requires regular visits from service technicians with specialized competence. This also costs money. 

Picking the wrong professional to help you with your needs can cost you dearly. It’s important to realize that often, you get what you pay for. Below I will explain more about what you pay for when you go to the dentist.  

Training Costs

With the recent technological development within odontology, there is also a rising demand for staying technically relevant. Many dental teams have to attend courses, often in other cities, for several days. While they are taking their courses, the clinic has to be closed. All of this costs money, too. 

It’s also worth mentioning that all consumer goods that dentists use are expensive because they are expected to be of the best quality. 

An Example

Norway can be used as an example to explain the above-mentioned point. Not only is it preferable for Norwegian dentists to use certain equipment to do their work, in order to ensure their patients’ safety – it’s required.

For example, at Majorstuen tannlegesenter in Oslo, Norway, they invest heavily in the best and newest equipment that is in line with the official regulations for the country’s dental clinics. Tannlege Majorstuen is located in one of the most central and competitive districts in Oslo, business-wise, which requires them to stay on top of the most recent developments if they want to attract and keep more customers.

Yes, the Costs are Quite High, and for a Reason

Do you feel like the costs are piling up already? We haven’t even gotten to renting expenses, electricity and cleaning services, accounting, official fees, etc., as well as the potentially largest source of expense; employee salaries that make it possible for clinics to offer dental services.

The costs that are required to operate a modern dental clinic are formidable. Therefore, going to the dentist might feel expensive. The alternative would be to reduce all the requirements and measures that are made in order for you to get safe and healthy dental treatment. Is that something you’d want? 

Luckily, you have several options for reducing the costs that come with dental treatment. Brushing your teeth properly and taking in less sugary foods and drinks are measures that reduce dental costs for most of us.


Written by Geir Kristiansen

My name is Geir Kristiansen. I have the last 20 years worked in Norways biggest newspapers writing content and creating interview pieces. Writing about pretty much anything that readers find interesting. Now I work freelance! Looking forward to joining Influencive and contributing with high quality content.

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