December 25, 2018
When starting the new year, it’s best to get all your health appointments done and out of the way early. If you aren’t sure how to best use your insurance and get the treatments you’ve been putting off, you’ll want to keep reading. Your dentist in Weymouth is here to make sure you get your money’s worth and retain a healthier smile.
The key to using your insurance right is timing. You’d be surprised about the benefits you have if you haven’t used them to their full potential yet.
Identify Necessary Work Early
As you start your year, you’ll want to keep track of all your previous dental work, such as fillings, crowns, implants, etc. and make sure they don’t need to be redone or replaced. It can be easy to put off a cracked cap or similar issue if it doesn’t cause much pain or affect your regular habits. It’s just another reason to make it a habit to see your dentist right at the beginning of the new year when most benefits renew.
It’s also a good opportunity to address any health issues that weren’t before. If you’re experiencing chronic bad breath for example, having your dentist find the source could be quite significant, especially if it was tied to gum disease you weren’t aware of. It’s also worth doing if you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile but want to start making consistent visits part of your regular health appointments.
Make Regular Cleanings and Checkups a Habit
A key step in maximizing dental benefits is making it to your regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings. This is why nearly all preventive care is covered under insurance. If you make the effort to see your dentist regularly, they can catch disease before it evolves into a worse condition that requires more extensive treatment.
Depending on the severity of the disease, it may eventually cost you more out-of-pocket as the treatment becomes more complex. By scheduling visits at least twice a year as recommended by the American Dental Association, you won’t have to worry about hidden diseases or getting a multi-staged treatment at the last minute.
Plan Multi-Stage Treatment Ahead of Time
Some treatments require multiple visits and multiple steps before they are considered complete. For example, if you have multiple fillings and crowns to get, but you don’t get them all done by the end of the year, you may need to wait until next year for your benefits to reset. Dental benefits will not carry over, so build a treatment plan with your dentist prior to make sure you’re on schedule.
To aid you in this, ask your dental provider to send a pre-determination of benefits prior to having any extensive work done. This way you’ll get the most detailed information possible on what they would have paid on a claim.
Don’t let your benefits go to waste. Let your dentist in Weymouth aid you in navigating the constantly changing insurance landscape today!
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr, DMD, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the Stonehill College in North Easton. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston. To further his education, he has attended a wide variety of courses and most recently completed the core curriculum at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry in Arizona. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (781) 337-6644 or visit his website.
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