Even with the cost of inflation, dental benefit maximums have remained at the same financial amounts since the 1980s. Since taking care of your mouth is important, you need to know how to help your dental care be as affordable as possible. Here are 3 important tips to keep in mind:
It goes without saying, but having routine preventive care is cheaper than waiting to see a dentist for a problem. It also allows your dentist to diagnose problems when they are smaller and much more affordable to treat. What is a small filling today could be a root canal down the road if you wait to get it looked at.
Maximizing Your Insurance Benefits
The types of dental care you get have different levels of coverage. For instance, preventive care that includes fluoride and sealants might be 100%, while a filling is 80%. Having these non-invasive, preventive steps taken can keep your teeth stronger and help them repel tooth decay. When it’s time to set up a treatment plan, your dentist will review your options with you so that you can select a treatment that best fits your needs. Remember that benefits expire at the end of the year, so it helps to take advantage of them early!
If a portion of your treatment is not covered by dental insurance, ask about financing options. Many dentists offer in-office options or 3rd party financing to help patients have their necessary treatment while still making affordable payments each month.
The investments that you put into your smile help it last for a lifetime. Putting your care off can cause you to lose teeth or even your confidence. Ask your dentist what options are out there to help you afford the care you need.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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