Dental 'Insurance,' Really?
If you have dental coverage, count yourself lucky, but know that it usually isn't all that it's hyped up to be. For 40 years, the maximum pay-outs per year for most dental plans have remained unchanged at $1000-1500. In 1965, a crown was under $100, whereas a crown today is over 10 times that amount. Referring to this small amount of coverage as "insurance" seems misleading. Furthermore, dental insurance carriers are generally behind the times with current thinking in the dental/medical community about the importance of routine dental care and its role with general health.
We now know that periodontal disease, whether it's a cause or effect, is an indicator that there may be serious health risks for a patient. Unfortunately, most dental plans still only allow two of the specialized type of cleaning for this condition per year. If a patient with a periodontal condition is not seen more frequently (usually four times per year), the degradation to their mouths, and possibly general health, happens rapidly.
A true insurance plan would allow unlimited care to keep you healthy. At Lake Grove Dental, we offer a Loyalty Plan. Pay a small monthly fee and receive an adequate number of cleanings, exams and diagnostic information for your condition. If you need any further dental care, receive an additional discount with no maximums, waiting periods, restrictions or other rules. These days, it may be more important to find a dental provider you believe in than one who accepts your insurance. Give us a call!
Lake Grove Dental
16455 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035