Scaling (which is the most essential component of cleaning) is when the Dentist or Hygienist removes calculus (tarter) build-up from around your teeth and gums. Scaling is billed according to the time it requires, 15 minutes equals one unit of time and each unit of time is approximately $72.84. Most people, on average, require 2-4 units of scaling, some people require considerably more.
If you request, the Hygienist will inform you of your specific scaling needs and the cost associated before they get started. When calling your insurance company you may not have to provide an exact procedure code for scaling. Instead we suggest that you ask them the total number of scaling units you are allowed per year. If they require a specific procedure code the codes up to four units are listed here; one unit (11111), two units (11112), three units (11113), four units (11114). (11117 is the code for half a unit.)