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Frequently Asked Questions

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Dental Insurance FAQ

What is Dental Insurance?

It is like health coverage for your teeth, gums and other parts of your mouth.

Just like all products, dental insurance is a contract between you and provider that allows you to receive financial help paying for a service in return for a monthly premium. All products are designed to offer a buffer between you and high or unattainable out-of-pocket costs.

Why Should I Get Dental Insurance?

Many serious issues, such as diabetes and heart problems, have been linked to poor dental health. Dental coverage allows you to have regular oral care to help maintain your overall health. Regular visits to the dentist help make children more conscientious when they are adults and taking care of their dental needs.

Having coverage also means you get to establish care with a regular dental professional – someone who knows you and your family and can base your treatment on that knowledge. It also means you’ll receive preventative care – ensuring that minor issues don’t turn into major problems.

Doesn’t My Health Insurance Cover My Dental Needs?

Some health plans offer dental coverage, generally for an extra amount. If you do not have health or your plan doesn’t offer dental, you can purchase dental separately.

Do I Have to Use an In-Network Provider?

It depends on the plan you choose. Those who choose an Indemnity Plan are not required to use an in-network provider. Those who choose a PPO plan can save money by using an in-network provider.

What is a Dental Deductible?

The deductible is the amount you pay before your insurer begins to pay. These dental plans have a $50 annual deductible.

Am I Required by Law to Have Dental Insurance?

No. Dental is not required for adults. Dental is not required for children unless they are enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs automatically provide dental care for children.

Can I Get Dental Implants?

All patients have specific circumstances, but the plan does cover implants under certain circumstances.

Can I Get Braces?

In most cases, braces are not covered.

What Payment Methods Does Independence Dental Accept?

You can pay online or through the mail with a bank account, credit card or check.