What You Need to Know about Discount Dental Plans

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  • Spend a few minutes surfing the internet and you are likely to find information regarding discount dental plans. What you may not know is how these plans work or if there is one that is right for you. The following tips will help you sort through the information that is available to you.

    Most discount dental plans boast a 60-80% cost savings over regional prices for dental work. However, you will want to check into any fees that may be charged, such as memberships and deductibles for dental work and office visits. Depending upon the fees charged, the plan may or may not be a good deal.

    However, there are disadvantages to these types of programs also. For example, the choices of dentists that participate in discount dental plans can be minimal. In many parts of the country, this is a concept that is just starting to catch on. Depending upon where you live, you may or may not find a dentist in your area that participates, the chance that you will find your dentist on the list is even smaller.

    Be sure that your dentist participates in the plan. Do not trust what the plan is telling you are participating dentists, it is best to call your dentist personally to ask. You will want to ask your dentist the costs with and with out the plan to accurately compare prices between the two.

    When you are searching for a discount dental plan it is important to establish that you are dealing with a reputable company. You want a company that has a good reputation with agencies such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB); you can check the BBB website or call your local office. You will also want to do a general search for frauds involving the plans that you are looking at, if they are involved in any kind of a fraud, you will be able to find the information you will need to avoid it.


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    TheDentist said...

    I too beleive this is a valuable resource for candid discussion regarding discount dental plans. I would caution, however, that the 60%-80% savings figure attributed to discount dental plans is probably a bit high. Typically, this number is around 10%-60%, depending, of course, on the coverage, the provider, and the dental procedure in question. Nevertheless, this is still significant. I have more information available for your visitors here: Affordable Dental Plans Best regards. Dr. K