Dentists and dental practices across Malta and Gozo charge different fees for clinical procedures. The cost of dental treatment will vary depending on the treatment as well as many other factors and considerations. As a dental clinic, we tend to prefer to assess patients’ requirements and expectations, get to know them and assess their oral health. This is not only a more thorough approach but helps us manage our patients’ expectations better which results in happier and more satisfied patients.
Why do dental fees vary across the island?
Different dentists in Malta will charge different fees- you will possibly be prescribed a different treatment plan from one dental clinic to another. Professional fees may vary due to variable approaches to treatment and patients Some dental clinics might have invested more in high-tech equipment and give their patients more time, thereby perhaps upping their prices for this extra bit of attention and costly equipment. Other Maltese dental clinics might have a bit of a touch and go approach – giving priority to seeing more patients in less time, perhaps saving time by avoiding all the explanations, pre-treatment talks, “holding the patient’s hand” etc.
The Medical Council, Code of Practice and Cost
The Medical Council in Malta does outline a code of ethics, registration standards as well guidelines for professional practice. The standards are high here on the Maltese islands and most dentists respect all the guidelines and standards set out by the Medical Council.
Whilst the medical council focuses on quality and attention to patient care, what the medical council does not do is set a framework for pricing for dental treatments.
Location across Malta and Gozo
More affluent or upmarket areas of Malta will usually have dental clinics which charge higher prices. This is pretty much in line with what you would see in many other countries or cities. The rental prices, the patient typology, overheads, treatment methods as well as the overall business approach tend to be different from one area to the other. Some areas in Malta may offer lower prices for the same dental treatment offered in dental clinics in other parts of the island– areas which ae more upmarket and tourist hubs which are more accessible and well connected via public transport and roads etc., will probably have clinics that charge higher prices.
Don’t only think of cost
It is important to note that dental clinics vary considerably in the type of equipment, variations in treatment, specialisations in dentistry, the method as well the quality of materials used – with this in mind, you may want to base your choice of dentist not necessarily on cost alone. This does not mean that you do not need an approximate idea of the cost– however, a quick visit to your dentist should give you a good idea of how much you will be forking out by the end of it.
What is Camilleri clinic’s price list?
Our price list can be found below. Note that these prices are indicative; prices may vary depending on the individual case. We will be able to give you an accurate quote upon consultation.
|Root canal treatments||200|
|Check up/scaling and polish||45|
How often should I go to the dentist?
Dentists will usually recommend twice a year, but this is a very vague and has little scientific backing – the age of the individual, their oral health, their gender and many other factors can all affect their teeth and how often they need to see their dentist– although some dentists like to suggest this to their patients, not all patients are the same. At Camilleri Clinic we prefer to meet our patient and assess their full oral health and based upon this, we will recommend how often the patient should come for their visits.
And in the British Dental Journal (2003), Davenport et. al. in a systematic review stated:
There is no existing high-quality evidence to support or refute the practice of encouraging six-monthly dental checks in adults and children.
Some of the most authoritative pieces of research regarding the 6-month break between visits have actually concluded that there isn’t sufficient evidence to hold this blanket approach. We should visit our dentist when we feel something is wrong or if our dentist sees a reason to follow up with us or see us more often (perhaps due to an illness or a treatment). If we want to ensure optimal oral health regular visits are also good to have but speak to your dentist and see what they think.