Pricing Information

Consultations

An initial consultation with Dr Christine or Dr Leah is $240.

This includes examination, full discussion of all the options, including the pros and cons, and estimated costs, of each option (most cases have a range of options that range in price). All patients require a consultation prior to surgery.

A Note On Estimating Prices

While most people would like an estimate of the price for their pet’s dental treatment prior to coming into the hospital (and this is understandable), it is extremely difficult to give an estimate without seeing your pet – every patient is different.

A good analogy is if you rang your dentist and asked “How much for a sore tooth?” It’s an impossible question to answer and almost certainly the dental receptionist would suggest you come down, they could examine your tooth and possibly take some x-rays to understand the problem. Then they could give you a reasonably accurate idea of a price.

It is arguably even more complicated to provide estimates in pets. Dr Christine and Dr Leah individualise their treatments based on many factors, including the exact nature of the problem, as well as the overall health of your pet (including medical conditions that may affect their medication requirements, anaesthetic and recovery) and these are all reflected in the price. We encourage you to book an appointment and we can discuss these matters more accurately.

…But A Ballpark Figure Is Still Nice To Know

Despite the caveat above, we really do understand that people would like at least some idea of a price before they come to see us – after all it may affect whether you come down in the first place or seek treatments with your local vet.

So we provide some price ranges below based on thousands of dentistry procedures but please keep in mind that…

  • The price ranges below may change once we examine your pet during consultation or in many cases after examination under anaesthesia with x-rays
  • Our estimates are all–inclusive – we don’t like surprises any more than you do
  • We are providing a referral-level service in a fully staffed veterinary emergency hospital full of other specialist veterinarians should things go wrong or if the plans change.
  • Your pet is getting the best treatment possible but this is likely more expensive than your local veterinarian.
  • With this in mind, below are some ballpark figures to help you with your planning.

Included With Every Dental

Just about every dental will include the items mentioned below. These are included in the price ranges that we give you for specific procedures.

  • Blood tests prior to anaesthesia (or about $100 less if your local vet has done these recently and we have the results
  • Fluids throughout the anaesthesia and dental procedure
  • Full oral examination
  • Dental x-rays
  • Dental nerve blocks as required
  • The dental procedure
  • Hospitalisation and nursing care
  • Most medications (pain relief, antibiotics etc) as required
  • A recheck examination

Dental Scaling and Polishing

Scaling and polishing is the pretty simple process of taking plaque and tartar off the teeth and polishing them afterwards. However sometimes under all that plaque lurks some unhealthy teeth that may need treatment or extraction.

The prices for a scale and polish (including the items mentioned above) are:

  • Cat or small dog – $1,100
  • Medium to large dog $1,200 – $1,300

Extractions

Dogs have a lot more teeth than we do (cats have about the same) and in both cases, being predators, their teeth are BIG. The price range for extractions really does vary on how many teeth need to come. The price is also based on time, which is fair because sometimes it is actually pretty easy and sometimes… it’s very complicated.

We really do need to see your pet to provide an accurate idea of a price on extractions but here are some rough numbers.

Baby Canines Dog

Baby canines are a common problem in many breeds. Check the website out for more information.

  • Baby canines dog (both lower, linguoverted) – $1,100 – $1,200

Adult Canines Young Dog

Adult canines are harder because the tooth and the jaw bone are more developed. It is important to minimise the amount of bone that is lost in removing these teeth as it can affect the stability of the jaw. We have developed special techniques to do this.

  • Adult canines (both lower, linguoverted, using a bone sparing technique) – $1,300 – $1,600

Cat Canines

Cat canines might be much smaller but they are more fragile and so is the jaw.

  • Cat canine extraction approximately $1,300

Dog Carnassial Teeth

Dogs often suffer from fractures in their big upper teeth and most common is the upper premolar 4. This is usually a chewing injury.

  • Dog carnassial tooth extraction approximately $1,500

Full Mouth Extractions

Extracting all the teeth from your pet is not something we would undertake lightly but for some of our patients with certain oral problems it really is the best option. They still eat really well afterwards and are often more spritely and happy after having the painful teeth removed and the gum tissue less inflamed.

Full mouth extractions really are hard to estimate – the price varies with the time for surgery (ie how many teeth need to be removed, how hard they are to get out, how long your pet needs to stay in hospital (usually 1-2 nights) and the different medical/GA requirements.

  • Full mouth extraction in a cat or smaller dog is approximately $3,000 – $4,000
  • Full mouth extraction in a larger dog is approximately $3,000 – $5,000 or more depending on the size of the dog.

Root Canal Treatment

One way to save a tooth from extraction is to perform a root canal. Although this might sound like a better option than extraction, it is best to discuss the options with Dr Christine or Dr Leah before you decide to do this – a lot depends on the need feasibility of you being able to provide aftercare (annual x-rays under anaesthesia) as well as if your pet is actually a good candidate for the procedure (eg chewers may not be suitable for root canal therapy).

Dr Leah is a human as well as a veterinary dentist and loves to perform root canal treatments!

Root Canal of an Incisor Tooth

  • Dogs – $1,600 – $1,800

Root Canal of a Canine Tooth

  • Cats – $1,700 – $1,800 (and an extra $750 per extra canine).
  • Dogs – $1,900 – $2,200 (and an extra $900 – $1,000 per extra canine)

Root Canal of a Carnassial Tooth

  • Dogs – $2,400 – $2,600 (and about $1,200 for a second carnassial)

Vital Pulp Therapy

Vital pulpotomy (or vital pulp therapy) is similar to a root canal but is suitable only for very freshly broken teeth.

Vital Pulp Therapy for a Canine or Carnassial tooth

  • Cats – $1,600 – $1,700
  • Dogs – $1,700 – $1,800 (or two $1,800 – $2,000)

Odontoplasty

Odontoplasty is the shortening and sealing of the tooth, which can be a useful alternative to extraction in some patients. A wedge gingivoplasty is where a wedge is cut into the gum to help guide an erupting canine tooth into the correct position.

  • Cat (one or more teeth): $1,200 – $1,300. If the procedure includes a wedge gingivoplasty $1,500 – $1,600
  • Dog (one or more teeth): $1,200 – $1,300. If the procedure includes a wedge gingivoplasty $1,500 – $1,600
  • A wedge gingivectomy by itself is around $1,300

Sealants and Protective Fillings

Sealants and fillings can be used to protect worn teeth. This procedure is not suitable for patients that have teeth with pulp exposure (the inner canal of the tooth with the nerve and blood vessels).

If there is no pulp exposure then we would either seal the dentine (the middle layer of the tooth) and possibly do a protective filling, or do an indirect pulp capping the dental disease is close to the pulp but not exposing it.

  • 
Estimate $1,200 – $1,400 depending if we do just sealant or need to do a thicker layer

Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy is the removal of (excessive) gum tissue that we see commonly in certain breeds like Boxers. It is an extensive procedure.

  • Estimate $2,000 – $3,500

Anaesthesia and Critical Care Support

Many of our pets are old and have other medical problems that can complicate the anaesthetic. In these cases, we have a very popular service where we engage an anaesthetic and pain specialist to plan and if needed monitor the anaesthetic so that Dr Christine nd Dr Leah can focus exclusively on the dental procedure. This means your patient is safer, the procedure is faster and you have more peace of mind.

There are two levels to this popular service.

Formulation of an Anaesthetic Plan

Case review and formulation of an anaesthetic plan. A anaesthetist sends you a form with extra information, reviews this and comes up with an anaesthetic plan that we implement. Please note that the anaesthetist is still available but not ‘hands on’ at this level of service. For most patients this is plenty.

  • The cost is $150 + GST

Anaesthetic Monitoring

Anaesthetist involvement and monitoring before, during and after your pet’s procedure. This is obviously much more hands on.

  • The cost is $150 for the consult, then $400 + GST per hour of anaesthesia.

This includes examination, full discussion of all the options, including the pros and cons, and estimated costs, of each option (most cases have a range of options that range in price). All patients require a consultation prior to surgery.

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