Affordable Health Dental Insurance – Insurance For Dental Implants

Dental insurance coverage are generally for ordinary dental care such as extraction, cleaning and filing and lately, even partial coverage of dental braces. If your need is for an insurance to cover dental implants, you might find it hard to look for an insurance company that will cover such kind of dental service.

The reason for this is obvious. Dental implants are a rare dental application which would not be advantageous income wise, on the part of an insurance company to offer considering the rarity of such dental need. On the other hand, you might indeed find an insurance company offering this kind of coverage but on a very costly basis. Insurance companies offering this kind of coverage are those high end companies catering to the rich and affluent segment of our society.

Such insurance companies are the heavyweights of the industry that would tend to insure anything of great value. These kind of insurance companies insure international shipping, airline companies, oil explorations and even precious stones. Their health insurance covers anything that would be insurable. Unlike the small and traditional insurance companies that do not tend to insure things that are rare in nature, these kind of insurance companies will go for it so long as their price of insurance will be accepted by the client.

You can find these international insurance companies in the internet. When you browse in their websites, look for their health insurance offerings where you can find their offerings on dental care. For sure, dental implants will be offered and dental braces together with other ordinary dental care services. You can then visit the office of the insurance company you browsed on the net and inquire from them personally the cost of their insurance offerings on dental implants.

Naturally, this insurance to cover dental implants is no ordinary matter thus you have to expect extra ordinary insurance charges. If you think you can manage with the insurance cost, then why not? In fact, so long as you can afford to pay the insurance premiums, it would be to your advantage to have one, if you think you might need it in the near future. Dental implants, though a very costly type of dental service, can be moderated with an insurance coverage, especially a full coverage type of insurance dedicated to dental implants.

Although you might feel you are in good hands with these giants of the insurance business, it would still be worth examining very closely the terms and agreements of the policy that they have for a full coverage of dental implants. Further, before you visit them and examine their offered policy, it is advised that you have to visit first a dentist of your choice and inquire about dental implants. Try to inquire if what is the basic procedure in having an implant, and other dental services needed to have an implant. Inquire also about the cost of such a dental procedure. If your dentist might not be able to give you an exact estimate of a dental implant, even just a ballpark figure will do.

With this dental implant information, you can now proceed to visit the office of the insurance company and make your inquiry and clarifications about full coverage of a dental implant. Once fully satisfied, you can now make your final decision about having insurance for a dental implant.

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Should You Get Dental Insurance and Which Plan to Select

Plan benefits

The most important option to consider when selecting a dental insurance plan is the yearly maximum benefit amount. This benefit ranges from $750 to $2500 per year. Some companies will let you use up your benefit amount as you need it and accept almost all charges due to your dentist but most will follow a payment (up to your yearly maximum). With a payment schedule, you will only have a certain amount to spend per procedure and be responsible for the rest. Note that, in all cases, when procedures are considered major, a waiting period will apply before any benefits are paid. For your yearly maximum, we recommend that you select a minimum of $1,000 to $1,500 in benefits. The price difference is usually small and most people use up their benefit.

Plan deductible

Deductibles can also vary greatly. With some insurance carriers, dental insurance deductibles can be as simple as $100 per year deductible that just needs to be met one time, while other insurance companies will have a more complicated system of deductibles such as a $50 deductible for each procedure other than a basic cleanings. Carefully check the deductible for the plan you select. What may appear as a good buy may end up being very expensive after deductibles are considered. The best option is a onetime $100 yearly deductible even if it also applies to basic benefits. This will keep your plan simpler and likely cheaper to administer.

Procedures and common plan coverage

For basic dental and preventative exams which may include some x-rays there is usually no charge to you from your dentist (except possibly a deductible). That is probably the only procedure that will be covered at 100%. Anything else such as more comprehensive exams, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics will have more limited coverage and lower benefits. Choosing features depends on your dental health and history. Look at you family history and your personal eating and mouth health habits. If you are likely to run into major dental health issues we recommend you select a plan that covers those particular major dental issues. As an example, if you take good care of your teeth but you have a family history of periodontal (gum) disease then you may want to make sure that your dental plan covers this condition. Note that, although, mouth shape and teeth positioning are hereditary, cavities are not hereditary – cleaning your teeth is your best insurance!

The rates

Rates will vary greatly by company, where you live and plan benefits and deductibles. Beware of administration membership fees which are not always spelled out until after you have selected the plan you want and are ready to pay. You may get a discount by paying yearly but rarely by paying quarterly or bi-yearly. In most cases, it seems that the monthly auto payment plans are the best as they will tend to cost the same as yearly pay plans and you are not as likely to lapse your dental plan policy for none-payment.

Do you need an agent?

Our experience has shown that most people do not need an agent to find and apply for dental insurance. At best, a quick call to the company offering the plan options is all that should be needed. We have also found that online shopping and applications yield lower and better results. Shopping with two to three web sites that offer dental insurance is recommended.

Dentist network

There is no point in getting a great dental plan if you will need to drive 30 minutes or more to get to your favorite dentist. Unless, of course, he or she is the only one you trust. Most dental plans offer very large dentist networks and it is very likely that you favorite dentist is in the one of the networks. You should be able to easily check online before you even apply for any plan. If a network list is not made available online, you may want to shop from another dental insurance website.

The dental discount plans alternative

If you have looked at standard dental insurance plans and none of them meet your needs or the price is too high, you may want to consider a dental discount plan. Some are great while some are worthless. Discount plans are usually much simpler to administer than a standard dental plan as they do not usually require that claim forms be filled out. Here is what you want to consider when selecting a discount plan:

· Dentist network (check to see if your favorite dentist is in)

· Procedure covered under discounts (covered procedures should be covered and available for discount right away. A list should be offered before you buy)

· Discount amount per procedure (That number can vary greatly)

· Yearly usage limit if any (there should be none)

· Yearly cost (should be much less than a regular dental plan)

· Any deductible or waiting period? (should be none)

· Reputation of company offering discount plans (check at least with the BBB)

Note that a discount plan is cheaper for a reason. The insurance company is not paying the dentist for any dental procedures, cleaning or other dental work and has just negotiated with dentist to offer discounted rates to their members. If you have a good relationship with your dentist, you may be able to get the same or better discounts by just asking your dentist and without buying any dental discount plan.

Should you get any type dental plan?

If you are asking then it is likely that you or someone close to you have never had any major dental health issues. If you are a saver, meaning if you save money on a regular basis for dental care, then you probably do not need a dental plan. If, like most people, you do not have a savings plan for your dental care, then we recommend that you get dental insurance or at least a quality dental discount plan. Although you may have healthy teeth today, tomorrow may be another story and you will be more than happy to have a good dental plan when it’s time to visit your dentist. If anything, people who have dental insurance are much more likely to see their dentist for regular checkups than people who do not. More checkups usually means better mouth health.

We hope this article has given you a better sense of the value of having or not having dental insurance. Please always feel free to ask us questions. Be well!

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