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  • busanite
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    • November 22, 2010, 08:12:58 am
    • Busan
Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« on: August 11, 2020, 07:30:16 pm »
I visited the dentist this week to have my teeth cleaned and was told  I needed to pay the full price of 60,000 won versus the 14,000 I've paid in the previous visit. Does our health insurance no longer cover such costs? Admittedly, my last cleaning was done in late 2018 So I was not aware of the change until now.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2020, 07:38:54 pm »
Maybe they did some extra work like filling cavities? I only frequent one dentist and I pay about 10 bucks for scaling.


  • busanite
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    • November 22, 2010, 08:12:58 am
    • Busan
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 07:42:58 pm »
No. Just had the x-ray and the cleaning. Total overall came out to 68,200.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2020, 07:48:25 pm »
No. Just had the x-ray and the cleaning. Total overall came out to 68,200.

X-rays are generally quite expensive (about 50k), I'd say that's the extra you paid for.


  • busanite
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    • November 22, 2010, 08:12:58 am
    • Busan
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 07:55:43 pm »
Makes sense then. Are x-rays needed every time you make a visit to the same dentist? I decided to visit a new place this time so I don't remember if that's the case.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 08:14:17 pm »
Makes sense then. Are x-rays needed every time you make a visit to the same dentist? I decided to visit a new place this time so I don't remember if that's the case.

Not sure, I'd say they probably only X-ray new patients to make sure they know what's going on before doing anything.


  • gogators!
  • The Legend

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    • March 16, 2016, 04:35:48 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2020, 01:26:46 am »
My understanding was that one yearly cleaning was paid for by insurance.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2020, 07:33:07 am »
Did you change schools or jobs very recently? That will affect your insurance for a short while. It also depends on what kind of dental clinic you went to.


  • SPQR
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    • March 08, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
    • Canada
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2020, 07:40:25 am »
No. Just had the x-ray and the cleaning. Total overall came out to 68,200.

X-Ray??? Ooh la la. You live in Gangnam or something?


  • KimDuHan
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    • January 15, 2015, 11:48:59 am
    • Seoul
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2020, 02:19:32 am »
I visited the dentist this week to have my teeth cleaned and was told  I needed to pay the full price of 60,000 won versus the 14,000 I've paid in the previous visit. Does our health insurance no longer cover such costs? Admittedly, my last cleaning was done in late 2018 So I was not aware of the change until now.

60,000 won is cheap! In Canada and the USA itís like 200+ to walk into the door.



Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2020, 05:49:31 am »
X-rays are generally quite expensive (about 50k), I'd say that's the extra you paid for.

X-rays are the extra you paid for. The insurance covers one scaling per year with a co-pay of about 15ooo KRW.


  • pkjh
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    • May 02, 2012, 02:59:44 pm
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2020, 07:11:24 am »
60,000 won is cheap! In Canada and the USA itís like 200+ to walk into the door.
And that $200+ was like over 10 years ago too.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2020, 03:49:50 pm »
Insurance only covers scaling if your teeth need it. Like plaque buildup or calcification buildup on teeth. Otherwise its out of pocket. If they bill NHIC and your teeth are in good condition then they get fined. Cost of X-ray is negligible.

Source: wife owns and runs dental clinic.

T.C.


  • busanite
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    • November 22, 2010, 08:12:58 am
    • Busan
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2020, 01:03:32 pm »
Thanks for the info, everyone. Fwiw, after the procedure, I was taken into an office about more work that could be done. They included inlays (fillings to address cavities) for two teeth at 300,000/tooth and gum line filling for 7 teeth at 50,000/teeth. Not sure if that's generally the price for these kinds of procedures but I'm no rush to do them.


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2020, 02:03:03 pm »
So long dental plan!


  • oglop
  • The Legend

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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2020, 12:57:26 pm »
So long dental plan!
busanite needs braces


Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2020, 01:55:17 pm »
busanite needs braces
Dental Plan!


  • Renma
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    • September 01, 2014, 06:09:42 am
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2020, 02:25:53 pm »
They didn't charge me for the x ray last time I went. Some clinics will try to upsell you, and recommend treatments that aren't necessary. Not saying that's the case, but I've experienced similar recommendations and then had a different dentist tell me nothing was wrong with my teeth.


  • hangook77
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    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Dental insurance and teeth cleaning/scaling
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2020, 02:54:47 pm »
X-rays are generally quite expensive (about 50k), I'd say that's the extra you paid for.

I doubt it.  I had an x ray with a bone doctor and a lung x ray a week ago with nae gwa doctor.  It didn't cost me any more money.  You should ask your dentist why they are charging you so much.  Maybe they didn't put through your insurance.  Scaling and cleaning shouldnt be more than 18 or 19 thousand won?