At Dr. Joe Dentistry, our goal is to make your dental visits as pleasant as possible. Part of this effort includes taking the complication out of utilizing your insurance benefits. Dr. Joe knows there can be confusing terms and stipulations in insurance plans that can be a barrier between you and the care you need. We aim to remove that barrier by filing paperwork for our Torrance patients and providing the details necessary for you to make the best decisions possible for your oral and overall health. If you have further questions, we’re just a phone call away!
Similar to medical coverage, there are numerous types of dental plans, typically with the focus being on prevention. What does this mean? It means Dr. Joe wants to keep your mouth free of infection and pain, and your smile bright and beautiful. If you are insured, your dental plan can help us achieve this goal. How? Usually by covering 100% of the cost of preventive services, such as professional cleanings (known as prophylaxis in the dental world), x-rays, and check-ups.
If your employer offers dental coverage, you might wonder if it’s worth buying into. We know the costs can seem steep, but when you consider how important your oral health is to your overall health, and the fact that you want to keep all of the teeth you have, its significance becomes a bit easier to recognize.
When you wind up in need of more than a cleaning (it can happen to the best of us), most carriers will pay 80% of the cost for cavity fillings, tooth extractions, and/or root canals. If you’ve suffered a dental injury or an infection that’s caused the need for more extensive restorative services, such as crowns, bridges, surgical extractions, or dental implants, these may be covered up to 50%. When it comes to cosmetic treatments such as orthodontics, teeth whitening, or veneers, we’re sorry to say that insurance rarely covers these expenses and you will have to pay out of pocket.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t look into these options if you desire a confidence boost in the form of a brighter, more beautiful smile. Many dental offices accept payment from financing companies like Compassionate Finance and CareCredit.
Unfortunately, there are no rollovers in dental insurance. If you’re paying a premium, it makes sense to take advantage of preventive care at 100% of the cost, or other services at a discount. Besides, Dr. Joe loves seeing your smile and takes pride in making visits pleasant!
The more you see us, the more we’re able to note what is and isn’t normal for your teeth, gums, tongue, saliva production, jawbone… the list is longer than most suspect at first! If we do catch a problem, it’s easier on your health, schedule, and wallet to treat it at the earliest stage possible. It’s also hard to beat the feeling of a professional cleaning. Our hygienists are gentle but thorough when it comes to removing tough tartar, which forms rather quickly if plaque is left to harden.
If you have additional questions about your dental insurance, you may be able to find the answers you need on the carrier’s website, by calling them directly, or reaching out to us, your Torrance dentist. We are happy to help you get the most from your benefits, and we can provide pre-treatment estimates so you can budget accordingly. Contact us to schedule a visit today!
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*Dr. Joe is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.
Please call us at (310) 570-2234 or fill out the form below to request an appointment.
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