October 31, 2021
Are you a part of the 59% of Americans who are more terrified of getting a root canal than public speaking? Although the reputation is far worse than the actual procedure, you’ll be happy to know this tooth-saving treatment is largely avoidable thanks to preventive dentistry! Keep reading to learn why your routine dental checkups and cleanings are so important, as well as how to utilize your dental insurance coverage in a way that benefits your smile and your wallet.
The Link Between Preventive Care & Root Canal Therapy
Throughout the years, you’ve likely been told that your six-month visits to your dentist are important. But why? First, the checkup portion of your appointment allows your dentist to examine your teeth, gums, and existing restorations. If they see a dental problem, like tooth decay, they can intervene in the early stages, before a root canal becomes necessary. As for the cleaning component, this ensures your dental hygienist can clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and remove stubborn plaque, which both play an important role in preventing cavities.
An Inside Look at 100-80-50 Dental Insurance Coverage
If you’re currently insured, then it’s likely that both of your biannual dental checkups and cleanings will be fully covered. That’s because most dental insurance providers use a 100-80-50 structure where 100% of the cost of essential preventive care is covered. Even better, potentially 80% of the cost of minor restorative treatments, like fillings, are eligible for coverage as well. As a result, maintaining and restoring your oral health is not only cost-effective, but it will also significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a dental emergency.
How To: Utilize Your Benefits to Help Prevent Root Canal Therapy
If you’re unsure of your dental benefits, then the best place to start is by reading your welcome pamphlet and getting familiar with your coverage. While plans vary from patient to patient, the following steps typically are the best way to go:
- Schedule (and attend!) your second checkup and cleaning of 2021.
- Use any remaining benefits for recommended restorative care, like a filling.
- See if you have any remaining dollars in your FSA (Flexible Spending Account).
- Utilize your coverage before December 31st (many plans reset on January 1st).
If you’re fearful of needing a root canal, it’s natural to want to do everything in your power to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Fortunately, your routine checkups and cleanings help do just that! So, use this post as a reminder to schedule your second appointment of the year.
About the Author
After graduating from Texas Christian University, Dr. Mark Givan studied at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Since then, he has continued to prioritize advanced training and affiliations with the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and other professional organizations. He loves helping patients get the meticulous preventive care they need and providing tooth-saving restorative dentistry. If you’re interested in learning more about utilizing your dental insurance benefits, don’t hesitate to visit his website or call 817-926-5556.
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