September 27, 2018
Starting around this time each year, our Boone, NC dentist office makes lots of appointments for patients whose dental insurance will run out at the end of the year. Since benefits don’t roll over into 2019, it’s important that you schedule appointments for your biannual cleanings or other dental care now. To reserve your next appointment, call 828-355-5673 today. We are preferred providers with Delta Dental and Cigna, and we accept many other popular provider plans.
In the meantime, we want to take a few minutes to talk to you about some things insurance covers.
What Is Covered by Dental Insurance?
Preventive Dental Care
Just like health insurance, the answer to this question is that coverage varies by plan. Still, most insurance covers two dental cleanings per year, two dental exams per year, and at least one set of X-rays per year. So if you’re paying for insurance, you should take advantage of our dental checkups, as these fees would regularly be hundreds of dollars.
In addition to that, many plans cover dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Sealants are thin coatings that blend in with your teeth. We usually recommend them for back teeth, where they block out bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Although they’re great for our younger patients, adults who are at greater risk of cavities can benefit from them. They can last for years.
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, so it adds another layer of protection from decay. Professional fluoride treatments take minutes and can save a lot of money by preventing the need for fillings and other restorative care.
Seeing us twice a year for preventive dental care will help you keep your teeth clean, strong, and safe for life.
Restorative Dental Care
Even if you come to see us for checkups, it’s still possible you will need restorative dentistry. This type of treatment includes:
- Dental crowns
- Dental fillings
- Veneers, in some cases
- Root canal treatment
You will have to check your plan for details, but most cover between 20 and 50 percent of these treatments. If you can find a Boone general dentist like Dr. Airey who can do root canals in their office, you can save money on your out-of-pocket expenses since you won’t have to pay premium fees from a specialist.
Do you need to replace one tooth or several teeth? Some plans cover a portion of tooth replacements. At Appalachian Dental Care, we offer:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Check your plan to see what’s covered. If you’re still responsible for a large out-of-pocket expense, or if your insurance doesn’t cover your replacement teeth, consider CareCredit. CareCredit offers no-interest and low-interest financing for dental care. It may also help you pay for cosmetic dentistry, which insurance often does not cover. (Rest assured, though – our dental crowns and fillings are “cosmetic” because we use materials that blend in with your teeth!)
Many insurance plans cover part of the cost of tooth removals. Dr. Airey has been providing this service for decades, so people don’t have to go to a specialist in most cases. With our 3D imaging system, we can see your tooth, tooth roots, nerves, and other nearby structures in detail. This helps us plan your procedure with ultimate precision. Like root canals, you can save out-of-pocket expenses by having a skilled general dentist handle extractions for you.
Take Advantage of Your Plan Today
Time is running out for your insurance. Take advantage of what you’ve been paying for all year, and make appointments for your entire family at Appalachian Dental Care. To visit our Boone, NC dentist, call 828-355-5673 now or use our online form. Appointments fill up fast as we near the holidays, so don’t delay!