7 Ways to Have Low Cost Dentistry:
Finding affordable dentistry can prove to be a challenge. Finding low cost dentistry, or affordable dental services, and compassionate care together, can prove to be an even bigger challenge. At Lincoln Family Dentistry, we understand and we’re here to help! We don’t keep secrets and believe that you should be the first to know. We have ways to help you have low cost dentistry. In our article we’ll cover:
How do I find the cheapest dentist? Cheap isn’t always great, so it may be better to look for low cost dentistry.
How can I get dental care without insurance? Check out Lincoln Family Dentistry’s fantastic option!
How much does a dentist cost without insurance? Your dental health is important, that’s why we offer affordable care.
Most people want to be healthy and have good oral health. But, sometimes that comes at a cost. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, it can be scary taking that first step. The more severe the dental concerns, typically the more expensive the treatment. At Lincoln Family Dentistry, we believe in quality, but affordable dental care. So there’s no need to break open the piggy bank to visit us. Even with affordable dentistry, there are 7 ways we have determined that can help you obtain low cost dental care:
- Use up your insurance benefits every year – Most dental insurances have a “maximum.” For dental insurance, this means that your insurance plan has a certain amount that they will pay for dental treatment. After you reach this amount, the entire portion of the procedure becomes your responsibility (as opposed to only a percentage). For example, if you have a $1,500 maximum and your dental insurance pays an estimated 80% for fillings; then as long as you have not met that maximum, your insurance will pay for 80% of the fillings. You will be responsible for the 20% not covered. In addition, you might also be responsible for a one time per year deductible (generally between $50- $100). Once you have reached your maximum, and your insurance has paid out $1,500; you would be responsible for the full cost of the filling instead of just the 20%. Because you pay for insurance, whether you use it or not, a great way to take advantage of that and get the most for your money is to use up that maximum benefit. So, if you have a significant amount of dental work that needs to be done, do as much as you can in a calendar year – usually January 1st to December 31st. This time frame can vary though with different policies. You’re paying for it, so you might as well use it to its fullest!
- Visit our office for your regular cleanings and exams – Keeping up with your dental cleanings and exams can also help you keep your dental costs down to a minimum. Dental cleanings are the cheapest dental procedure. Most dental insurance companies offer coverage for dental cleanings. While every policy is different, most dental insurances cover cleanings and exams as well as x-rays at 100%. That means that if you keep your mouth healthy, your dental treatment could cost you absolutely nothing. That right there is affordable dentistry! Staying current with dental cleanings also means the thorough removal of plaque. When plaque doesn’t have the opportunity to sit for an extended period on teeth, it helps prevent cavities. Visiting our office at least twice a year for cleanings and exams also means that if there are any dental concerns, we can address them while they are minor. If dental concerns go untreated, they don’t go away. They only get bigger and are no longer an inexpensive fix.
- Fix cavities as soon as possible – Cavities are a silent dental disease because they do not cause discomfort. When you have a cavity, it may be easy to put off because it is not causing you any discomfort. The problem with this mentality is that cavities do not get smaller; they only get bigger and deeper into the tooth. The deeper the cavity gets, the higher the chance it will cause you discomfort. Once a tooth starts causing you discomfort consistently, it is usually too late for a simple filling. A more expensive root canal will be necessary instead to treat the infected tooth. Once cavities are diagnosed, be sure to take care of them as soon as possible to prevent the cavity from getting larger, very uncomfortable, and more expensive.
- Do not ignore bleeding or swollen gums – Gums that are swollen and/or gums that bleed easily could be symptoms of gingivitis or something more serious known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, and if not treatment is done, it can lead to severe complications such as tooth loss. As hardened plaque called calculus is allowed to sit on the teeth and gums, it irritates the gums and causes them to pull away from the teeth. It may appear that you have receding gums, but your gums have begun to separate from the teeth causing what is known as periodontal pockets. These pockets between the teeth and gums collect more plaque that contains bacteria as well as calculus as you are not able to thoroughly clean it out below your gum line where it lies. Coming into the office regularly along with good oral home care can help prevent periodontal disease. But, keep in mind, if you have not seen in a while and/or do not have a regular oral hygiene routine and notice swollen, receding, or bleeding gums, make an appointment right away! When periodontal disease is has the opportunity progress without treatment, it will no longer just affect the outside support structure (your gums), but your bone supporting your teeth will begin to disintegrate eventually causing tooth loss. A deep cleaning is necessary to treat periodontal disease. Coverage of this specific type of cleaning is at a smaller percentage versus 100% like a prophylactic or “normal” cleaning. If periodontal disease progresses and you experience tooth loss, replacing missing teeth is an expensive dental procedure.
- Use Lincoln Dental Plans if you don’t have dental insurance – Lincoln Dental Plans is a plan specifically for patients who do not have dental insurance. For a very reasonable price, you and your family can receive two cleanings and exams per year. In addition, you’ll receive necessary x-rays and a discount on any needed treatment. Lincoln Dental Plans can help you keep your dental treatment affordable and your mouth healthy!
- Use dental payment plans – In addition to working with your insurance or offering discounts through Lincoln Dental Plans for uninsured patients, we also offer convenient payment options. Furthermore, we also offer dental payment plans to help you pay for treatment and keep dentistry affordable. Using a dental payment plan can help you get the treatment necessary to restore your oral health without the stress of worrying how you will pay for it all at once.
- Find a low cost dentist at a public health clinic or the college of dentistry – If you do not have dental insurance or are on a tight budget and no other options will work for you, seeking a public health clinic or dental college can be a good option for you. You will still receive quality dental care, but at a lower cost. Usually the exchange for low cost dental care at a public health clinic or a dental college, is your time. At a dental college, for example, dental students are usually the ones performing the work under the supervision of their professors. Because they are still in school, a professor must come check their work after each step of a procedure. If the professor is with another student, this will mean waiting until he or she is available. A simple appointment for one or two fillings may cost a bit less; but you could be there for about four hours as opposed to one hour at a regular dental office.
Saving money and taking care of yourself makes for a win-win situation. To make an appointment at one of our three convenient locations, click here!
The information on this page was written by Dr. Kelly O’Hara.
This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “I perform gentle dentistry for the entire family and focus on children’s dentistry, extreme smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry and placing mercury-free dental fillings. Moreover, I also want to provide a better quality of life to patients who have lost their teeth by making implant retained dentures. I have many goals, but one that is very important to many of us: to keep dentistry affordable by taking all of the primary dental plans and by also offering dental payment plans to patients that seek them. I am fully committed to making sure all patients feel comfortable while in my care.”
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