Going to the dentist can be a terrifying affair to be honest.
You can suddenly find yourself staring at a $2,000 payment because time and tooth decay finally caught up with you, and you need a root canal treatment to avoid looking like Jaws from James Bond every time you smile (true story).
Ironically, people who find themselves in such a situation end up there because they skipped going to the dentist early and not often enough (also true). But with the high costs of living, dental check-ups can be one of those chores Singaporeans are only too glad to skip, until it becomes too late.
We don’t want you to go through the same painful scenario, so we rounded up six cheap options for dental check-ups in Singapore. We’ve also included the prices for some common dental procedures, wherever applicable, so you can better budget for your visits.
Affordable dental clinics in Singapore
|Name of Dental Practice||Consultation, Scaling, Polishing||Teeth Whitening||Extractions & Fillings||Wisdom Tooth Surgery|
|Polyclinics (SingHealth and NHG)||Consultation: from $15.80 (adult Singaporean)||Upon review||Upon review||Upon review|
|Q&M Dental Group||Consultation: from $21.40 (dentist), from $37.45 (specialist)
Scaling & Polishing: from $74.90
|Take Home: from $642
In-Clinic: from $963
|Filling: from $58.85 per tooth||From $535 per tooth|
|NTUC Health Denticare (previously Unity Denticare)||Consultation: from $25 (dentist), from $40 (specialist)
Scaling & Polishing: from $50
|Take Home: from $500
In-Clinic: from $900
|Extraction: from $65
Filling: from $50
|From $468 (dentist), from $1,092 (specialist)|
|Azure Dental||Consultation: $32
Scaling & Polishing: from $96
|Take Home: $450
|Extraction: from $90
Filling: from $96
|Newport Dental||Consultation: from $40
Scaling & Polishing: from $95
|from $800||Extraction: from $100
Filling: from $80
|Parkway Dental Practice||Scaling & Polishing: from $80||Take Home: $450
|Extraction: from $90
Filling: from $90
Dental treatments and costs
Visiting a dentist usually entails a few usual suspects for the treatment, and here is what you can expect to get (and pay) for each treatment.
Scaling and polishing
The most standard and basic treatment, this is probably a quarterly affair for dental maintenance. This involves plague removal, and as the name implies, polishing of your teeth to give it that shine for a glowing smile.
Somewhat similar to polishing, but at a higher degree, teeth whitening is especially useful for folks who consume a copious amount of coffee, wine and other foods that causes the teeth to lose its shine.
The procedure relies on whitening agents such as carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, both of which permeate into your tooth enamel to whiten those stains away.
Extractions and fillings
While dentists are trained to minimise the pain associate with extractions and fillings, this is still the number one reason why most people develop a fear for dentists.
But in the hands of a skilled dentist, the procedure will end before you even know it. The real pain, in the figurative sense, comes from the amount you have to pay for either an extraction or filling. But this does not compare to the next most common dental treatment.
Wisdom tooth surgery
The famed wisdom tooth extraction, which leads to a significant amount of medical leave days once it’s done. While some wisdom tooth extraction is done painlessly via an extraction, there are cases where the tooth grows in an odd position.
When that happens, dentists might opt for a wisdom tooth surgery, which comes with the full works. This includes the anesthesia to block the pain as the dentist’s skilled hands go to work on cutting the wisdom tooth into tiny pieces for extraction.
Now that you are familiar with the common dental procedures, it’s time to find right dentists that can perform them. We will start off with the most affordable option.
One of the most affordable options for dental work is none other than your friendly neighbourhood polyclinic, which offers subsidised dental treatment and care. Consultations start from $15.80 for adult Singaporeans, while different rates apply for different patients.
With a wide network of clinics spread all over the island, there’s a high chance you can find an outlet near you. However, be aware that polyclinics are also usually very crowded, and may have long waiting times.
SingHealth Polyclinic Locations
Main contact number: 6643 6969
- 1 Tampines Street 41, Singapore 529203
- 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662
- 681 Punggol Drive, Singapore 820681
NHG Polyclinic Locations
Main contact number: 6355 3000
- 21 Ang Mo Kio Central 2, Singapore 569666
- 21 Geylang East Central, Singapore 389707
- 2003 Toa Payoh Lor 8, Singapore 319260
- 10 Woodlands Street 31, Singapore 738579
- 89 Hougang Avenue 4, Singapore 538829
- 190 Jurong East Avenue 1, Singapore 609788
- Contact: 6355 3000
- 580 Stirling Road, Singapore 149858
- Contact: 6643 6969
Perhaps one of the most prolific private dental groups in Singapore (you’ve definitely seen their green-on-white logo at least once or twice in Singapore), Q&M Dental Group is also among the most budget-friendly.
They aren’t the cheapest for every kind of treatment, but with a grand total of 65 clinics throughout Singapore (and with many conveniently nestled in HDB heartlands), the convenience of visiting an outlet tends to make up for it.
NTUC Health Denticare (previously Unity Denticare)
A group of 18 dental clinics with over 50 chairs, NTUC Health Denticare is part of NTUC Health, Singapore’s largest healthcare cooperative. Which means NTUC Health Denticare is another great option for budget-friendly dental care.
They offer among the lowest prices for almost across the board – from scaling and polishing, extraction and filling to take-home teeth whitening. But do remember that dental care is highly personalised, and charges vary depending on the actual condition of your teeth. You may have to pay higher fees, especially if you haven’t been keeping up with your visits.
Don’t underestimate the importance of providing young children with a good dental experience. Most adults would vouch for those days back in school when they felt traumatised by the school nurse who used to be in charge of dental programmes. Seeing your classmate disappear for an hour, only to come back crying with a bloody mouth tends to give you nightmares about going to the dentist.
If your child is finicky about going to the dentist, you might want to give Azure Dental a try. This Bukit Timah dental clinic prides itself on providing family-friendly dental care, with a focus on catering to the needs of children. They even go the distance of providing booster seats for your little ones, ensuring they are as comfortable as possible.
Price wise, Azure Dental isn’t exactly the cheapest. But if their gentle ways may successfully instil healthy oral hygiene habits in kids, think of the money you’ll save down the road.
Address: 781 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269759
Contact: 6463 6318 or 8655 1552 (WhatsApp only)
For people living in the Kallang area in need of a dentist, Newport Dental is a good choice. Located at Kallang Wave Mall, this is a dental clinic that caters to the needs of modern-day customers, offering an environment equipped with Internet, music and television screens.
Some dental clinics charge consultation as a separate fee on top of the treatment you need. However, Newport Dental offers all-in packages that includes your consultation fee. Prices start at $90 for the most basic package, providing a good way to make sure you don’t go over budget.
Address: 1 Stadium Place, #01-08 Singapore 397628
Contact: 3159 4229 / 9863 6462
The mecca of aesthetics clinics and specialist consultants, Orchard Road seems to be an unlikely option for affordable dental care. But if you happen to be working or living there, and don’t want to commute for more affordable dental care, then Parkway Dental Practice is one dental clinic you’d want to visit.
With scaling and polishing going for between $80 to $160, dental care doesn’t get any cheaper than this. Even its take-home tooth-whitening kit is comparable to the prices charged at neighbourhood clinics. And, if you’re a first-timer, don’t forget to ask for the dental screening package, which consists of scaling, polishing and dental x-ray, all for just $88 nett.
Address: 9 Scotts Road #12-02 Pacific Plaza Singapore 228210
Contact: 6836 9808
BONUS: NUS Faculty of Dentistry
Here’s another option for affordable dental care, which some of you may already know about. The NUS Faculty of Dentistry offers a full suite of dental care services to members of the public at lower-than-market prices.
The catch? The people poking around in your mouth are dentistry students instead of full-fledged dentists. But worry not, as these undergraduates and postgraduates are fully supervised by qualified orthodontists and their peers.
Think of it this way: not only will you be receiving proper dental care at budget-friendly rates, you’ll also be helping to train the next generation of dentists.
Address: National University Centre for Oral Health, 9 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119085
Contact: 6772 4921
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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.