Visiting the dentist is — for me at least — an experience I limit to a biannual affair. It’s not my fault I dislike having my teeth scrutinised and prodded at.

Then there’s the shocker of the bill, which isn’t always claimable by MediSave.

A recent visit to a dental specialist drained me of a painful $395, no thanks to high consultation fees and three x-rays…

…but that’s a story for another day.

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Thankfully, there are affordable alternatives for those on a budget.

Here’s everything you need to know about subsidies and treatment costs at dental clinics in Singapore.

General Dental Practitioners (GDP) Versus Specialists

You may not be aware of the differences between a GDP and a specialist.

While all dentists receive basic general dentistry training, specialists undergo an additional two to four years of postdoctoral training, with a focus in one of these fields:

Endodontics (For root