HOW DOES MY INSURANCE PLAN WORK?
We get that insurance plans can be a real mystery at times. If you're confused about your insurance plan, don't worry. You aren't alone. We're here to help. Most policies are fairly straightforward in terms of what procedures are covered and how much you have to pay.
What we will do for you
When you book an appointment with us, we will communicate with your insurance company to find out what is covered under your plan.
A set of bitewing x-rays are generally completed every check-up, and panoramic x-rays are generally completed every few years. X-rays use a very small quantity of ionizing radiation and allow early detection and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaw, and even the sinuses. Early treatment ensures that damage done by these conditions is minimized. The small quantity of radiation from these x-rays generally causes no side effects.
Scaling and Polishing
Generally, two to three units (30-45 mins) of scaling and one unit (15 mins) of polishing is done every hygiene appointment, but this may change depending on your condition.
Scaling is a procedure that uses ultrasound scrapers and specialized hand-held instruments to remove stubborn plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Polishing is a procedure that aims to "polish" your teeth and leave it smooth and shiny. This is not just a cosmetic procedure; this polishing of the teeth smooths minor imperfections and helps prevent future buildup of plaque and tartar.
Fluoride is generally applied at the very end of every appointment, either through an oral rinse or a gel. Insurance may not cover this procedure for adults.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps build strong teeth and protects the outer layer of your teeth from decay. Especially in children, fluoride plays a critical role in preventing cavities.