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Why is dental insurance important? Most people who purchase dental insurance do it to ensure they have and keep healthy teeth and mouths. Since the cost of dental procedures are costly, many people purchase dental insurance to lessen their out-of-pocket costs. Before deciding on a specific dental insurance policy, it is important to understand what benefits and coverage are offered under the policy.

Don’t let the jargon intimidate you! Do research on what the plan covers and what it doesn’t. Get specifics. By asking questions, you’ll get the dental insurance plan that is best suited for you.

What is included under basic dental insurance coverage? Well, coverage varies depending on the provider, the policy and/or the plan chosen. Make certain you read the fine print of your policy or agreement to find out for certain what it is your policy includes. Some dental insurance companies offer to pay percentages of both in-network dentists and out-of-network dentists. The cost for those in the network would be less out-of-pocket for you than the ones outside the network. Check to see if specialists are in network or out. Specialists like orthodontists aren’t always included in the network.

Most basic dental insurance policies include preventive and diagnostic care, basic dental care and dental procedures, and major dental care. Preventive care means the provider will cover any basic dental cost that is intended to prevent dental problems. Examples of these might be cleanings, checkups and the initial x-rays. Basic dental procedures might include fixing chipped teeth or fillings and some even cover root canals in their basic policy.
One difference between dental insurance plans is that some will provide coverage for what is called major dental care and others won’t. Surgery, orthodontics, denture work or other extensive dental procedures may or may not be covered with your policy. Look for a provider who will cover as much of these major procedures as possible.

Of course, you will want to choose a provider that gives you the most benefits. If you have a family, you’ll want to choose a dental insurance provider that is going to offer the most benefits for you and your family. Under a family dental plan, the spouse and children are included on the plan. Ask the provider if they give free dental services for children. If they don’t offer free services, ask if their rates for children are at least a bit lower than another provider.

If you are looking for individual insurance, that can be a bit more difficult. Most insurance companies won’t offer dental insurance for an individual. However, dental plans are readily available for individuals and they can save you a lot of money on those costs that come up yearly or otherwise.

Dental plans and dental insurance are different, but some dental plans offer bonus benefits in addition to the basics. Some perks might include chiropractic care, vision care, help with hearing device costs, and orthodontic care. These extras can add up!

Overall, ask lots of questions! Make sure you get the most coverage you and your family can get at the lowest cost to you as possible.




 

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