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What is the difference between an immediate coverage plan and a plan with no waiting periods?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | March 15, 2018

When shopping for dental insurance you will probably hear the words "No waiting periods" and "Immediate coverage" a lot. Sometimes consumers think that these mean the same thing but there are some very important differences between the two. Continue reading below to learn more about the differences between a plan that has no waiting periods and a plan that has immediate coverage.

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Can a cheap dental insurance plan be full coverage?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | February 14, 2018

A cheap dental insurance plan may still be a full coverage plan, but it may not offer a high percentage of coverage for services, or it may have a low maximum annual dental benefit. These are all things you need to consider when shopping around for a full coverage dental insurance plan. One other thing you may have to deal with is waiting periods for specific dental services.

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Scaling and Root Planing: What is it?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | August 1, 2017

Dental deep cleaning is commonly associated with scaling and root planning. It is used to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. It cleans between the gums and the teeth all the way down to the roots. Anesthetic is necessary to numb your gums during this procedure. The procedure can be done either with an ultrasonic tool or the standard scraping tool. You may need antibiotic fibers placed between your teeth and gums in order to help healing and limit the risk of infection. These fibers need to be removed by a dentist about a week after the procedure. After the treatment there should be little discomfort.

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Review of Costco Dental Insurance Plan

Dental Shop Staff Writer | April 6, 2017

The Costco Dental Insurance plan is only offered to Costco members who live in the states of California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Costco partners with Delta Dental to offer a dental discount plan. It is important to note that this is a dental discount plan and not dental insurance. Click here to learn more about the difference between the two.

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What is a Dentist vs. a Periodontist?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | February 3, 2017

It is important to see a Dentist regularly if you want to maintain good oral and overall health. Dentists are the general experts when it comes to your mouth. But, if your dentist detects any complicated gum issues during a routine check-up, they will either work closely with or refer you to a periodontist. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the structures that surround and support the teeth; they evaluate the gum, bone, and connecting tissue of each tooth. Most full coverage dental insurance plans will cover periodontic services as a major service.

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PPO Dental Insurance Plans

Dental Shop Staff Writer | September 14, 2016

PPO, or Preferred Provider Organization, are the most popular type of dental insurance plans that are sold in the country. They are preferred to their indemnity counter parts because you generally pay less in premiums for a PPO plan, and they typically offer higher benefits than an indemnity plan.

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Find a dentist – What to consider when looking for a new dentist

Dental Shop Staff Writer | August 31, 2016

Dental care is a top priority when it comes to health and hygiene maintenance. In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth daily, your teeth should be professionally cleaned by a dentist from time to time. It is recommended that you see the same dentist on a regular basis so that you can establish a comfortable relationship as the dentist develops an understanding of your individual needs. You will ultimately form a partnership with a dentist so that you are able to track any mouth issues and take care of them right away.

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What Is A Missing Tooth Clause?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | June 23, 2016

In dental insurance, a majority of companies will include a missing tooth clause or a replacement clause in their policy contracts. If your contract has a missing tooth clause, it means that if a tooth was lost before purchasing your new plan, your new dental insurance company holds no responsibility to replace the tooth or cover the cost of the tooth's replacement. If your contract has a replacement clause, your dental insurance company will more than likely hold a waiting period that must pass with the policy in effect before any coverage towards the procedure can be applied.

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I'm an adult and I need braces. Now what?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | May 16, 2016

If you've been shopping the dental insurance market, it should be no surprise that adult orthodontic coverage is hard to find. Most adult orthodontic procedures are considered part of an elective process because you're choosing to have the work done, which is in a separate category than preventative care such as teeth cleanings. It's helpful to know that even though orthodontic procedures are elective, the Dental Insurance Shop still offers affordable dental plans that provide some orthodontic coverage for not just adults but for all ages.

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How to avoid waiting periods for dental insurance plans

Dental Shop Staff Writer | September 15, 2015

If you have not had dental insurance for awhile and are currently looking to purchase a dental insurance plan you are probably running into a lot of different plans that have waiting periods. Waiting periods are the period of time when your dental plan will not cover a specific service or benefits. These waiting periods are established to protect the dental insurance companies. They do not want people to wait until they need to get work done, then once they need the work to purchase a dental policy and get hundreds or thousands of dollars of work to just cancel the policy the next month. There are a few different ways of finding a plan that either has no waiting periods or can allow you to waive the waiting periods.

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What is Full Coverage Dental Insurance?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | May 12, 2015

If you are looking for full coverage dental insurance you are probably expecting to find a dental plan that will cover a full spectrum of dental issues, from basic cleanings and exams to more complicated procedures like dental implants or crowns. Read the information below to find out how to use the Dental Insurance Shop's free online quoting tool to find a great full coverage dental insurance plan.

Affordable Family Dental Insurance

Dental Shop Staff Writer | May 4, 2015

Deciding on an affordable dental insurance plan for your family can be difficult because of the number available options and the variety of coverages within each plan. In addition, there are important things to consider such as deductibles, maximum annual limitations, waiting periods, and dental networks. Understanding these variations will help you to purchase the plan that best fits your family's needs.

What to consider when buying dental implant insurance

Dental Shop Staff Writer | February 18, 2015

Despite improvements in technology and dental care, millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss every year - and most of it is from a few major factors: gingivitis (Gum Disease), tooth decay, or injury. For a long time the only option available to people who were missing teeth was to get dentures and bridges. But now we have dental implants available. Dental implants are a replacement for tooth roots. They provide a foundation for removable or fixed replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

I have a dental emergency, what can I do?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | October 3, 2014

Need to have a dental procedure now? Don’t want to pay full price out-of-pocket to have it done? If the “wait and hope it goes away” option isn’t panning out, don't worry you have plenty of options. From going to a free clinic to purchasing dental insurance there are multiple ways to cover a dental emergency.