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Managed Dental Care: Lower Fees

Many consider spending less money a wonderful thing. Spending less money on dental services sounds great! This is exactly what managed dental care plans attempt to do. To reduce fees, managed dental care plans enter into a contract relationship with dentists. Part of this contract is a mandatory fee schedule. These fees may be reduced up to 50%. This sounds great, right? With the cost of business of a dental office being on average 50-65% of the fees collected, this fee reduction can be devastating. How do these dentists make this fee reduction work? One way is to do more

Finding a Dentist Who Saves You Money

Many want to find a dentist who saves them money. Many patients opt for a managed care insurance plan dentist or for a “coupon dentist.” I can understand how that may save them money today, yet will that managed care insurance plan or coupon save them money in the future? Feel free to peruse my website on that. There are things to consider with managed care insurance plans and with coupons. For the purpose of this post, I see three things that may save patients thousands of dollars over that of any other thing, including managed care dental insurance. These

Finding an In-Network Dentist: Some Help

Many patients want to find a dentist within their network in order to perhaps save money. Their intent is indeed to save money. Are patients really saving money? Let’s digress a bit. We have all seen those Liberty Mutual commercials. In one of them, the policy owner complains that their other insurance company wants to reimburse them for “3/4” of the value of their car. The policy holder is complaining about that. The commercial leads us to sympathize with her. We sense and agree that it is not fair that the insurance company should reimburse the policy holder for 3/4

Choosing a Dentist: An Updated Perspective

Many patients find themselves in a situation of choosing a dentist. They may have moved into a new community. Perhaps these patients changed their insurance plan or employer. Having to choose a dentist is not a unique situation these days. This is indeed an important decision. Most all patients have only one set of adult teeth. It makes sense to choose a dentist who can be trusted with your teeth. So, why is there a need for an updated perspective on choosing a dentist? There is a need for an updated perspective on choosing a dentist because of the changes

What Dentists are on My Dental Plan?

Dental insurance plans are helpful in paying for dental care. Many patients want to find a dentist within the dental plan network to “save money.” This does sound reasonable enough, right? Over 20 years ago, less than 10% of dental practices were included in these networks; however, today, that may amount to over 60% of dental practices, according to one of my dental supply representatives. So, why is it that more and more dentists are signing up for these dental insurance networks when they are reimbursed at rates that approach their break-even points? Let me put it to you this

Need a Dentist in the North Dallas, Plano, Carrollton Area?

  Choosing a dentist now is so much different than it used to be. Understandably, many things have changed over the past thirty years. Some of the changes are good, some of the changes are bad, and some of the changes are confusing. I intend to diminish some of the confusion with choosing a dentist. First of all, many people select their dentist based upon a list of “preferred providers” from their employer. These dentists and dental offices accept a lower fee for their services in exchange for having their practices marketed by employers. This may sound great, but there

About Your In-Network Providers: the Rest of the Story

Many patients have dental insurance with in-network benefits. I realize patients want to save money and take advantage of their in-network benefits. However, there are some things patients may not know when seeking in-network providers. These things may be important for you to know. As the list of providers may seem adequately long, take a look at your list to see about how many providers there are. Does the number of dentists compare to say over 1500 dentists? There are considerably more than 1500 dentists in the Dallas area. So, if your list of providers is less than 100 dentists,

"I Don't Want to Spend Money on my Teeth; It is Too Much!"

Yesterday, we were graced by the presence of a teacher in our office. She has been a patient for over 20 years. She has a very back molar which has had a tooth-colored crown for over 12 years. That crown partially broke due to the forces on her teeth, and she did not want to pay for another crown. She did not want to spend that much money on her tooth. However, the tooth was at risk of needing a root canal. The defect and decay were quite deep. I can certainly understand her concern. I myself do not want

Selecting a Dentist

Many patients feel compelled to find a dentist within their dental plan. That seems to make sense, certainly. Many patients have a dental plan, and they want to take advantage of a “benefit” offered to them through an employer. I get that. However, what does this mean? For those of you choosing a dentist from a dental plan, the list is very limited to those dentists and dental entities who are willing to limit their fees within a fee schedule. In exchange for providing services for less, these dentists and dental entities are getting their office marketed to a group