For many Americans, paying for dental care can be a challenge, especially for dental procedures beyond teeth cleaning and filling cavities. Whether you have dental insurance or not, there can be a substantial out of pocket cost associated with quality dental care. Dental insurance is typically known as a “maintenance plan” that will cover cleanings, X-rays, and up to half the cost of a crown. The maximum annual benefits, $1000 to $1500, have not changed in the last 50 years despite the rise in dental costs. If you need a lot of work done, your dental insurance will only cover part of the expenses and you will have some significant out of pocket costs.
So why the high costs in the first place? First, dentists want their patients to realize that dental care is not a commodity. Oral health is like any other medical health – you want professional, specialized care. Most people do not choose an oncologist or a cardiologist based on price, so why would they choose a dentist based on price? As in many cases, you get what you pay for. One dentist quotes you $790 for a crown and another quotes you $1900. Labs differ in the quality of the products they produce. You want your dentist to use a high-quality lab, even if it will increase your cost. The last thing you want is to pay more money out of pocket to re-do a bad procedure and have to pay for another one.
Overhead costs for running a modern dental practice are huge. Those flat screen TVs you enjoy watching while having your teeth cleaned? Those polished tools that are barely felt in your mouth? Those fast and high quality X-rays that you have developed? Those cost money. While you may not appreciate them at the time you open your bill, you appreciate them at the time of your visit.
Many people dread going to the dentist, and even more dread paying for it. But your expenses are not wasted. Oral health is a crucial part of your overall health. Call your Johns Creek dentist before you go. Whether you have dental insurance or not, it will ease the pain of receiving your bill by knowing beforehand what procedures will be covered and how much they will cost you.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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