It seems like the holidays approach faster and faster every year. This might have a little to do with all the stores putting out their decorations earlier each year and TV following suit. More likely, it’s because we’re so busy these days that time seems to fly by. Before you get too busy with the holiday hustle and bustle, though, don’t forget to use your dental insurance benefits before the year ends. Appointments fill up faster and faster at Aberdeen Smiles as the end of the year approaches, so call 605-277-9049 today to schedule.
Our Aberdeen, SD dentist office sees entire families, so if your crew hasn’t had their biannual checkups or any other needed care yet, come in soon. We accept most insurance plans and are happy to help you with any questions about yours.
Here are just a few things your benefits likely cover at Aberdeen Smiles, either partially or in full.
Dental Cleanings & Exams: Prevent Dental Problems
Dr. Drake encourage your family to come in twice a year for cleanings and exams. Though all plans vary, these visits are usually covered completely by insurance because they help reduce costs in the long run. When your teeth stay cleaned professionally and when we have the opportunity twice a year to catch any developing problems, you are much less likely to need future dental care. That saves on your out-of-pocket expenses, too. Since you’ve been paying all year toward your insurance, you should at least take advantage of your twice-yearly checkups.
Insurance often covers annual X-rays that we’ll take at your checkup. At Aberdeen Smiles, you can expect more than just a cleaning, exam, and X-rays, though. For all patients, kids and adults alike, we offer:
- Fluoride treatments
- Nutritional counseling (always no additional cost)
- Advice for problems such as chronic bad breath or dry mouth
- Education on establishing better oral hygiene, such as getting the best toothbrush or understanding the best flossing techniques
Insurance usually pays for fluoride and sealants in full because they are proven to prevent cavities.
For babies and toddlers, we also offer at no charge:
- Thumbsucking tips
- Teething tips
Restorative Care: Repair Smile Damage
If you’ve been told you need any restorative care to repair tooth damage, insurance usually covers anywhere from 50 to 80 percent. This includes dental fillings, dental crowns, inlays and onlays, and sometimes dental bridges. Many of our patients find that their amalgam fillings or tooth-colored composite fillings here are covered 100 percent. Check your plan for details, or ask us for help.
Root Canals & Tooth Extractions: Rescue At-Risk Smiles
Root canals save teeth, which is usually the best option in the long run. Saving your teeth prevents jawbone loss, unwanted tooth movement, problems eating and compromising diet, and a host of other issues. Our modern treatment preserves your tooth, prevents pain, and keeps you from needing a tooth replacement.
We can do just about any root canal in-house, so you’re likely to pay less out of pocket than you would by going to a specialist. We can create your custom crown here that will cover the compromised tooth afterward and restore it. It’s even possible to plan your root canal therapy and dental crown appointments based on what your insurance will cover.
If you do need a tooth extraction, ask us what your plan will pay, as it differs depending on your insurance and your situation.
Tooth Replacement: Fill Your Smile & Preserve Your Oral Health
If you’ve had an extraction, have lost a tooth, or need to have teeth replaced, we can provide you with many options for tooth replacement:
- Fixed dental bridges
- Dentures, partial or full
- Dental implants, including implant dentures
Again, visit us for a consultation to see which option is best for you. Even if your insurance will pay less for the best option, you may be able to make monthly payments for your portion with CareCredit.
Don’t Delay Your Dental Care
Aberdeen Smiles works with patients of all dental situations and all budgets. We’re happy to help explain all your treatment options and work with your insurance so you can smile proudly. But you must make your appointments soon before your dental insurance benefits run out. Call our Aberdeen dentist office at 605-277-9049 today for either a checkup or to get started on recommended treatment. You can also use our online form.