Once a patient is seen by the dentist for a comprehensive exam and x-rays, the dentist then has the visual knowledge of the condition of a patient’s teeth and mouth. The dentist then can diagnose any problems found and develop a treatment plan to recommend to the patient, by which they can help the patient achieve good dental health.
The treatment plan should include an itemized list of dental procedures recommended and their cost. If the patient has insurance, the costs for treatment are broken down to show how much is anticipated to be paid by their insurance company, less any deductible, and the patient’s portion (percentage/co-pay) of the proposed treatment. When a patient has this information, they are better able to budget these costs and schedule appointments accordingly. It is usually best to address the worst problems first. If the costs of all of the dental treatment exceeds the patient’s allowable insurance maximums for the year, then the patient can consider what other options are available to complete their treatment.
Being responsible for good dental health starts with a good plan and ends with a beautiful, healthy smile.