How to Maximize Your Dental Benefits in 2022

At Southwest Smiles, we’re proud to accept most major dental insurance plans. Our commitment to our patients goes one step further, however: our financial team will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your coverage! To start, we’ve put together this helpful guide with tips on making the most of your dental benefits in 2022.

Optimize Your Dental Benefits with Preventive Care

Most dental insurance plans cover two professional cleanings and one dental exam each year at low to no out of pocket expense. Preventive care not only leaves your mouth feeling fresh but also reduces your risk of developing dental disease. Routine visits improve your oral health, which makes issues less likely, while allowing our team to identify problems early, which makes treatment easier and less invasive.

Don’t Wait on Restorative Treatments

Coverage for restorative treatments varies per plan. We commonly see less invasive restorative treatments, such as dental fillings, covered at higher percentages than more complicated procedures, like root canal therapy. If you have an issue brewing, it’s best to take care of it sooner rather than later after it worsens. This will allow more of your natural oral tissue to be preserved and save you from experiencing unnecessary pain. Treatment will also cost less because your insurance will likely cover more of the expense.

Remember That Dental Benefits Do Not Roll Over

Most dental plans operate according to the calendar year. Your annual maximum, or the highest dollar amount the insurance provider will pay out for your approved treatments that year, will renew each January. Any unused benefits will expire at the end of the year. While you may end up with coverage for services you don’t use because you don’t end up needing them (which is the nature of any type of insurance), you don’t want to miss out on using benefits for dental services you actually do need! Stay on top of scheduling treatments throughout the year. Waiting to cram everything in December will be stressful and will cause you to miss out on beneficial treatments.

Insurance-Friendly Dentist in Austin, TX

We understand that navigating your dental insurance plan can feel confusing. Our team can help you maximize your benefits for the services you need to have a healthy smile! Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Southwest Smiles.

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