One of the most popular benefits people want to discuss when enrolling for their benefits is their dental insurance. I have always felt that the reason they ask about dental coverage is because they know they will use it, even if it's just for the preventative benefits. And in the back of everyone's mind is the scenario of breaking a tooth while eating popcorn or a candy bar.
Dental insurance, like health insurance, is typically supported by networks of doctors, who agree to fees for certain services. This can help dental patients with the fees for "basic" services such as fillings or extractions, or "major" services, like root canals or crowns.
There are plans available that will allow one to go out of the network for these services, which may mean paying more out of pocket, but they still cover the bulk of the costs. For those who live in rural areas where finding a doctor in a certain network can be difficult, this is a still a good option.
And there can be waiting periods, depending on the plan. I have seen some plans that only cover preventative (cleanings and x-rays) for the first year, while others may offer basic services.
There is a good reason for this. Many people will tell me "I need a root canal, so I better get some dental insurance." The insurance carrier doesn't want to receive a couple of months of premiums (let's say $200 for the family) and have to pay out a $2000 claim right off the bat. Makes sense.
At Surf Financial Brokers, shopped around and looked at several plans that our clients would want. So now we offer a plan that includes vision and hearing coverage as well, and allows clients to receive services in or out of the network. If you are interested in such a plan, you can go to our website and run your own quote for you or your whole family. And if you see a plan you like, you can even start your own application.
Dental coverage is an important way to avoid unforeseen situations that are painful, inconvenient and expensive. And our teeth are important for our quality of life, as well as part of a great smile.
Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, helping people find affordable life, disability, long term care, cancer, accident and other insurance coverages in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. He's also is a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient, and has spoken to professional and civic organizations throughout the Southeast. And please subscribe to this blog!