Questions About Dental Insurance
Our office is a fee-for-service practice, which means that we have certain fees for the procedures that we do as highly qualified practitioners. We do not discount our treatments because of dental insurance, but we gladly file for dental insurance coverage, allowing our patients to only be responsible for the co-pays. Here are answers to questions about dental insurance.
Questions About Dental Insurance | Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?
Most dental insurances do not cover cosmetic procedures and treatments, such as tooth whitening and veneers. If such a procedure were necessary due to a damaged tooth or another significant condition, the procedure would be covered. But because bleaching and veneers are considered to be cosmetic procedures, they are generally not covered by dental insurance.
Questions About Dental Insurance | Does Insurance Cover Restorative Dentistry Treatments?
Generally, most insurance companies cover root canal procedures. How much of the fee will be covered, though, depends on the benefit plan or the insurance company. Fillings are generally covered by dental insurance because the fillings are treatments to fix problems with teeth such as decay. To restore the tooth to good health, the placement of the filling is a covered dental procedure. Dental insurance plans will also often cover crowns because they constitute necessary dental procedures. How much of the crowns will be covered by the insurance depends on the patients’ plans and which types of insurance they have.
Questions About Dental Insurance | Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Insurance generally covers multiple procedures related to implants. Sometimes the companies will also cover bone grafting, but certain insurance companies do not. Insurance will usually cover dentures as well, though it is important to discuss and review this treatment with our office ahead of time so that no surprises occur later. Before any procedure, we can usually get a pre-authorization from a patient’s insurance to find out whether a specific treatment is going to be covered.
If you have any further questions about dental insurance, please call our Buffalo dentist office today for a free consultation.