How Much Does A Dental Exam Cost Without Insurance?


The cost of a dental exam varies from state-to-state, and even from dentist-to-dentist. A dental exam with extras, like x-rays, will cost more than an exam with no add-ons.

Kool Smiles Kids Club aims to make dental care accessible. We have partner dentists across the country who provide affordable care for all families, regardless of insurance status.

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What Factors Affect Dental Exam Costs?

The cost of a dental exam can vary widely. Factors that can affect the cost include:

Specialized Care

Dentists who are more experienced in a specialized area, or those who’ve completed additional schooling or training, may charge more for a dental exam.

A pediatric dentist, for example, may charge more for an exam than a general dentist.


In setting prices for routine care, dentists need to consider the cost of operating a dental practice. Operating costs, such as rent for office space, can be significantly higher in cities than in rural areas.

Dental Procedures

A dental exam may or may not include extras, like x-rays or an intense cleaning. Each additional procedure carries its own cost.

Affordable Payment Options With Kool Smiles’ Partner Dentists

Second only to quality of care, affordability is an important factor to consider when choosing a dentist. Kool Smiles Kids Club has a network of partner dentists who accept Medicaid, TRICARE, CHIP (formerly SCHIP), and more major insurance policies (including other types of state insurance plans and military insurance).

For families who are uninsured (or underinsured), our partner dentists also accept:

  • Cash
  • Credit
  • Debit
  • CareCredit