Specific Procedures Covered by Your Insurance Policy

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Everything seems expensive these days. Nothing more so than any medical treatment. Dentistry is not immune from this trend. After all as our expenses go up so must our fees. I remember when charging a hundred dollars for the most expensive crown seemed ridiculous. (OK I’m dating myself.) Now you can drop a thousand or more for the same crown! Ouch! To make matters even worse, dental insurance, which was started in the mid 1950s, has on average not increased the level of coverage since then. Yep that $1000 or $1500 annual maximum you might have on your insurance is … Continue reading

Check Your Dental Insurance Policy

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Most people with dental insurance today have either a PPO or HMO type of coverage. With both of these there are what is called a “network of providers.” HMOs REQUIRE you to go to a doctor in their network in order to get any coverage for anything beyond an emergency. Most PPOs on the other hand allow you to go to either an in-network dentist OR an out-of-network dentist. So whats the difference with a PPO between the in-network dentists and the out-of-network ones? Just to give you my point of reference, we have not joined any networks, with the … Continue reading

You do not have to have dental insurance to have a healthy, beautiful smile

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Dental care is an important aspect of oral health. This is just as true for a person or family without dental insurance as those covered by a specific plan. There is a common misconception that it is more cost effective to go without preventive dental care than to visit the dentist regularly, as recommended. After all, when there is no insurance to pay for such visits, how can they possibly be worth it? It really goes without saying that forgoing dental care can lead to bigger problems and, thus, higher cost, in the long run. It is through preventive dental … Continue reading

Dentist in Dolton, IL takes many dental insurance options

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Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL is dedicated to assisting patients in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Many patients pay in to their employer for dental insurance coverage but may not be fully using this insurance plan to their advantage. Some patients avoid seeing the dentist and this money truly goes to waste when it could be used to improve oral health and wellness while also enhancing the appearance of the smile with cosmetic dentistry solutions. Knowing the options available for one’s dental insurance plan is the best way to ensure maximum benefits. Dental insurance plans vary, … Continue reading

Dolton residents guide to dental insurance: Maximum use of benefits

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Dental insurance can save you thousands of dollars, and enable you to receive treatment that you may otherwise be unable to afford. However, it is completely worthless if you don’t use it. Dr. Dietrich wants every patient to enjoy the maximum benefits of his or her insurance coverage. Because using up your benefits is not as simple as it sounds, he is happy to work with you in scheduling procedures, and help you better understand your policy. The seasons of insurance The first thing that you need to know is the duration of your benefit period. For most people, it … Continue reading

Dolton, IL, guide to choosing dental benefit plans

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Dr. Dietrich, of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL, is committed to providing you the best value in dentistry. Unfortunately, the cost of dental supplies, equipment, and business expenses is high. Therefore, even with the most reasonable pricing, restoring or replacing a tooth will take more than the spare change between the couch cushions. Enter dental insurance. If your employer offers a benefit plan, or you can afford to purchase one – do it. Most plans will pay a large portion of basic services, and help significantly with major procedures. So, how do you know which plan is right for you? … Continue reading

How can Dolton area patients save on dental care

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At Pleasant Dental®, we want our patients to save on dental care. This is why our Dolton area practice helps patients make the best use of their dental insurance coverage. Many employers provide coverage for dental care, and some patients have it, but fail to use it to its full potential. Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for preventative care, such as two appointments a year for cleanings and examinations. Patients may have to pay an initial copay but this is minor in comparison to the full cost. If patients have any issues that need to be addressed, such as … Continue reading

Top dentists in IL who take dental insurance for care

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Dr. Dean Dietrich of the Dolton, IL area is a top dentist in the community who highly recommends dental insurance as a way of obtaining savings on dental care. His practice encourages individuals to consider the benefits of dental insurance and think about how it can be used to prevent oral health care issues down the road. Dental insurance is often an afterthought. Some patients have paid into a dental insurance plan through their job but have not been taking advantage of the benefits. This is like throwing money away. The payments made on dental insurance often cover many treatments … Continue reading

Chicago area dentist describes why dental insurances is one of the best ways to cover preventative and necessary dental costs

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Dental insurances have often gone unused. This is how insurance companies make their money; individuals pay into their company for dental insurance but do not utilize it. This, in turn, results in money almost literally thrown away. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Chicago is one of the dentists in the area who wants his patients to understand how their dental insurance works to avoid letting it go to waste. One of the best ways to cover preventative care such as cleanings and x-rays is with dental insurance. Though many patients have to pay a copay to see their dentist, the cost … Continue reading

How Riverdale, IL residents are saving money on dental care

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Dr. Dietrich understands that you don’t have unlimited resources. He won’t lecture you about how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist, or try to “upsell” by pressuring you to commit to work that you can’t afford. He takes an approach that is uncommon in this day and age: He will work with you to fit great dental care into your budget, and give you maximum benefit for every dollar that you spend. How? Maximum insurance benefits – If you have dental insurance and don’t use it, you are throwing money away. Dr. Dietrich knows you can’t afford to … Continue reading

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