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Hamilton Family Dentistry
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 628-0011

The Ins and Outs of Dental Insurance in Harris County

March 4th, 2021

The end of the year brings with it holiday fun and busy times. Probably the last thing on your mind right now is visiting your dentist; however, now is actually the perfect time to give them a call and schedule any cleanings, checkups, or outstanding treatment you haven’t completed yet for the year. Why? So you can maximize your dental insurance in Harris County. If you’re not sure what we mean, read on for the answers!

How Does Your Dental Insurance Work?

Even though every dental plan is unique, there are a few standard things you can count on with most plans. They typically run on a calendar year, meaning benefits begin in January and end in December. Your plan will likely have a yearly maximum that will run out in December since those dollars won’t roll over into next year’s benefits. These maximums usually range anywhere from $1000 to $2000.

So, what does this mean for you and your family? That fall is the best time to schedule any dental appointments and treatment needed for 2018 before your benefits run out and you lose your insurance dollars.

The Importance of Preventive Care

Because many dental plans will mostly or completely cover your six-month cleaning and checkup appointments, it means that there is very little or no out-of-pocket cost for you. You can avoid more significant problems by being consistent about going to these appointments twice a year. Dentistry is focused on prevention, and preventive care helps you avoid problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease because your dentist can detect them early on.

For example, if your dentist finds a cavity in your tooth, and you are proactive about treating it right away, it is likely that they can take care of it with a simple dental filling. If you ignore your treatment, the decay in your tooth will progress and eventually make its way into the root of your tooth where it will cause an infection and discomfort.

Now, your tooth will require root canal therapy to eliminate your decay, infection, and preserve your tooth. A root canal a much more complex and costly treatment than a dental filling that could’ve taken care of the problem in the beginning.

Do You Have Questions?

Would you like to learn more about maximizing your dental benefits? Are you wondering what types of appointments you should schedule before the end of the year? Give your dentist in Harris County a call today for more information.

About Hamilton Family Dentistry

Dr. Alan Arrington and his team have been taking care of patients in Hamilton, GA for over a decade. We offer our patients a modern and state-of-the-art practice with a welcoming family feel.

If you would like to contact Dr. Arrington, he can be reached by calling 706-628-0011 or through his website.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
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    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.