Just as what our name implies, at dedicated we are totally dedicated to help our patients achieve healthy teeth and gums and a good overall health for a lifetime. Often patients skip a visit to the dentist because of the rising cost of dental care. While dental insurance normally covers check-ups every six months, we also try to provide our patients specials that can help make certain procedures more affordable.
Dental insurance is nothing like health insurance or auto insurance. It’s a maintenance plan that will cover cleanings and X-rays, and usually about half the cost of a crown. It will not protect you if you need a lot of work done. The maximum annual benefits, 1,000 to 1,500 dollars, haven’t changed in the 50 years since dental insurance became available.
Far exceeding many other industries, the cost of dental care in the United States has increased twice as fast as the rate of inflation over the last half century. According to research, approximately 108 million Americans have no dental insurance coverage, typically meaning they either pay for dental services out-of-pocket or go without care.
So, why is dental care so expensive? There are a variety of reasons for the high cost of dental care. Although, mainly, the cost of dental services is up to the practice, and it’s generally going to be dictated by what the market will withstand. In other words, there are no regulations governing what a dentist in the United States can charge for their services provided.
Dentists are skilled professionals who perform a necessary service that impacts the health and well-being of people on a daily basis. Like other medical professionals, their investment of time and resources into perfecting their skills and offering valuable services requires adequate compensation. Truth is, while it may seem that your dentist is charging significantly for your dental care, many dentists are simply adapting and keeping up with these industry trends.
At Dedicated Dental, we understand that insurance and payment can get confusing and stressful. That is why we keep our patients up-to-date with dental benefits and insurance information, and provide special promotions to help make dentistry more affordable.