Do you want the cheapest, short-term treatment as dictated by your dental plan?
- Posted on: Feb 19 2011
Some people don’t know they have a choice for their dental treatment. Whether you have insurance or not, you have the right to chose the quality of dentistry that you want for your mouth.
Many insurances pay a percentage for the cheapest treatment options, such as a silver-mercury filling instead of a composite, tooth-colored filling for a cavity, or a metal crown instead of the more conservative porcelain onlay for a broken tooth. What you may not know is that even if your insurance encourages you to have the cheapest treatment for your teeth, most plan will still pay for a portion of the best care available.
If you’re unsure of your dental benefits, you can call your insurance carrier. Or, our office can help you determine what treatments your insurance plan typically pays for, and what it doesn’t.
Just remember that no dental insurance plan pays for treatment in full – it’s always a percentage of your care. The average plan pays $1,000 per year, regardless of your needs. We recommend you base your treatment decision on what will serve you the longest. Consider, how many times you want a particular tooth to be worked on? Would you prefer to replace a filling every 5 years, or to have treatment done now that will last you for the next 20 years, or more? There are options. Don’t be fooled by your insurance company. Ask questions and think about your treatment options before you relax into the dentist’s chair.
For some before-and-after photos of various treatments, visit http://www.thehillsdentalspa.com