Your Odessa dentist told you about a filling that you needed at your last dental checkup, and that was as far as you got. Life took over, and now it’s months later and you forgot to schedule your appointment. The good news is that there is still time to schedule your treatment before the end of the year, and you’ll get to make the most of your dental insurance, while also protecting your oral health.
Maximizing Your Dental Insurance
Because most dental plans run on a calendar year, it means that your benefit renews in January and ends in December. Most plans have a yearly maximum in the range of $1000 to $2000 dollars. This is the most that your plan will pay for dental services in a calendar year. And unfortunately, these dollars don’t roll over into next year’s benefit, so if you don’t use them by the end of December, you will lose them.
If you have treatment that needs to be done, now is an excellent time to schedule your procedure to ensure you use your benefit before the end of the year.
Why Preventive Appointments are so Important
Most dental plans cover your cleaning and checkups, or preventive appointments at 100%. This means that there is typically no out-of-pocket cost to you. These appointments are important because they help you maintain your oral health, which in turn can prevent larger and more expensive problems like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
If you haven’t scheduled two cleaning and checkup appointments in 2018, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit now and take advantage of your benefits since there is little out-of-pocket cost to you.
Even if your teeth feel good now, it is still important to schedule an examination with your dentist since most dental concerns cause little to no pain in the beginning.
Here are some questions to discuss with your dentist during your next examination:
- What is the best way to maintain my oral health at home?
- How can I enhance the appearance or brightness of my smile?
- What are my pressing treatment concerns and what procedures do I need?
If you would like to schedule your next appointment or learn more about maximizing your insurance benefit, give your Odessa dentist a call today.
About Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center
Drs. Franklin and Stephen Boyles have been caring for patients in Odessa, TX for over 40 years. They want to ensure that you and your family receive the high quality dentistry that we believe you deserve. Patients appreciate the personalized care and attention to detail they receive when they choose Boyles General Dentistry for their dental home.
Would you like to contact our dentists? We can be reached by calling 432-366-0896 or through our website.