Dentists in Hong Kong: Where to Go and How Much Does It Cost?
August 16, 2021
Brushing and flossing are important, but you also need to visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Finding a dentist who fits your budget, needs and expectations can be a difficult task in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately dental health is often neglected, but you better say "Aaaaah" before you have no choice but to go. Whether you are looking for extraction, implant, periodontal surgery or tooth whitening, the Alea advisors bring you the ultimate guide to finding a dentist in Hong Kong!
This guide does not aim to be exhaustive. It is informative only and based on our independent research. No practitioner or clinic paid any fees or rendered any services in exchange of inclusion in this article.
When do you need to see a dentist?
A dentist is a doctor specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the conditions and diseases of the teeth, gums, jaws and mouth. Dentists provide advice and guidance on how to take care of the oral cavity, in order to maintain good oral health.
How to choose a dentist in Hong Kong?
There are over 2,000 dentists in Hong Kong, working both in private and public sectors. Any dentist who wishes to practice in Hong Kong must be registered with The Dental Council of Hong Kong. This council was accredited by the Dental Registration Ordinance (Chapter 156) and sets out the professional standards, ethics and the licensing examination of the profession.
To become a dentist in Hong Kong, applicants must graduate from the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree program, taken at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong. Dentists trained overseas have to pass a licensing examination in order to be able to register with the Dental Council of Hong Kong.
You can find an updated list of all registered dentists in Hong Kong on the Dental Council's website here.
How much does it cost to see a dentist in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, the cost of seeing a dentist varies greatly (just like for other health practitioners), and it largely depends on clinics' locations. Our research shows that dentist consultations without X-Ray range from about HK$350 to HK$975.
|Dentists & dental clinics||Price for initial consultation General check-up||Price for teeth whitening|
|Bayley & Jackson Dental Surgeons||600 (without X-Ray) |
Add 160 for each X-Ray
Add 700 for full mouth X-ray
|Central Smile||800 (without X-Ray)|
Add 180 for each X-Ray
Add 850 for full mouth X-ray
|5,000 (at home)|
8,000 (at the practice)
|Dr. David C HOAGLIN||975 (without X-Ray)|
Add 220 for each X-Ray
|Gum & Implant Dental Center||600 (without X-Ray)|
Add 100 for each X-Ray
(650 for panoramic X-Ray)
|4,500 (at home)|
7,000 (at the practice)
|Smart Dental Centre||380 (without X-Ray)|
Add 680 for full mouth X-Ray
|5,000 (at home)|
9,000 (at the practice)
|Smith & Jain Dental and Implant Practice||550 (without X-Ray)|
Add 180 for each X-Ray
Add 950 for full mouth X-Ray
|4,800 (at home)|
7,800 (at the pracice)
|Tam, Hulac & Partners Dental Ltd.||950||5,700 (at home)|
*All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in September 2020. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.
Dental clinics in the public sector
These public dental clinics offer emergency dental service only, limited to pain relief and extraction.
You can find the list of public dental clinics and health centers here.
Keep in mind that waiting times can be very long in the public sector.
Dental clinics in the private sector
To make it easy for you, we have prepared a guide to some of Hong Kong’s best-known dentists and specialized clinics in Hong Kong:
Address : Room 2010-12, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Phone: 2810 5066
Does insurance cover dental treatments?
It is important to note that you cannot just get dental insurance. Dental cover can only be added to a medical inpatient only plan or inpatient & outpatient plan.
While dental treatment isn’t always covered, most companies provide some dental cover to their employees. Such employee dental cover is systematically capped and/or limited to a selected network of dental providers in Hong Kong.
As for individual health insurance plans, dental cover is most often an optional benefit with sub-limits and co-pay. The dental coverage may be divided into two categories with different sub-limits: Routine Dental and Major Dental. The dental benefits may also be subject to a waiting period varying between 3 to 6 months.
Here are some examples for you:
- Under the high-end Bupa Global Elite plan, dental cover is up to US$4,000 per year, per person with a 6-month waiting period.
- Under the global line of Cigna products and its unlimited Platinum plan, dental cover is up to US$5,500 per year, per person, with waiting periods of 3 to 12 months depending on the nature of the treatment.
- If we look at one of the best value for money plans on the market right now, April My Health, its dental cover is up to US$1,000 for Minor Dental (no waiting period) and US$2,500 for Major Dental (300-day waiting period). This benefit costs US$700-900 approx. per year in premium (age 30-600).
While coverage of orthodontic care is rare to find, there are some insurance providers that reimburse it with a waiting period varying between 6 months to 24 months depending on the plan.
Click here to know more about orthodontics insurance coverage.
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This article was independently written by Alea and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should never be relied upon for specific advice.