Dental Discount Plan Networks

Dr. Michael Collura
Dr. Collura

Dental discount plan networks are designed to save money on dental services, without sacrificing quality.

While there are private dentists who provide free dental work to many patients in a dental school setting, similar to the students, these dentists also need patients in their own offices. And because more and more people are saving on dental fees by joining dental plan networks, many private dentists are joining as well.


While on disability, I actually enrolled in a dental plan - even though I continued to pay for insurance through my former employee. When I needed to have a post removed from my front tooth, I found a wonderful endodontist in Manhattan (Dr. Michael J. Collura), located at 121 East 60th Street, who was a plan participant. When I learned that the procedure would not be covered through my insurance, I was able to get it done for 50% off his private dental fee rate. While the procedure was done in less than 2 minutes, it was for half the cost which is what the main advantage of these types of low cost dental plans was all about. For some dental procedures involving bridgework, root canals, or orthodontics, these savings can be substantial.

Many dental discount plan networks include such popular programs as Aetna, Cigna, Careington, HealthPlus and Orthocare. All offer affordable plans for single, married and groups of people, which include dental savings on a wide range of procedures:

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For a few dollars per month, it is possible to enroll in an affordable dental plan that will provide routine dental services for less than half of listed dental fees. Dental plan networks have a high number of qualified, highly skilled affordable dentists, instant online acceptance, no claim forms or annual maximum limits.

The following table is a small selection of common procedures discounted by Aetna Dental Access® using zipcode 33176.

Procedure Description Usual Fee 1 Discounted Fee
(for Plan Members) 2
Member Savings Savings Percentage
Routine 6 Month Check-Up $57 $32 $25 44%
In Depth Check-Up $99 $45 $54 55%
Full Mouth X-Rays $144 $75 $69 48%
Four Bitewing X-Rays $70 $35 $35 50%
Panoramic Film $122 $73 $49 40%
Adult Teeth Cleaning $102 $61 $41 40%
Child Teeth Cleaning $75 $38 $37 49%
Protective Sealant / Tooth $61 $30 $31 51%
1 Surface White Filling for U or L Front Tooth $175 $87 $88 50%
Single Crown - Porcelain on High Noble Metal $1,227 $874 $353 29%
Single Crown - Porcelain on Noble Metal $1,162 $847 $315 27%
Core Build-Up With Pins $296 $163 $133 45%
Root Canal Treatment - Front Tooth $826 $464 $362 44%
Root Canal Treatment - Bicuspid $967 $585 $382 40%
Root Canal Treatment - Molar $1,170 $729 $441 38%
Perio Scaling and Root Planing (Per Quadrant) $271 $165 $106 39%
Full Upper Denture $1,855 $1,034 $821 44%
Tooth Replacement Part of Permanent Bridge $1,197 $767 $430 36%
Single Tooth Removal - Simple Extraction $197 $88 $109 55%

This fee schedule is only to be used as a guide to determine approximate prices for dental services in your area and reflects information currently available from DentalPlans.com. Individual dentist fee schedules may differ.

1 Source: DentalPlans.com (DP.C) 2010 Survey of Sample Average National Dental Fees (updated March 2011). Fees may vary slightly by region.

2Discounted fees are listed for visits to a participating general dentist. Members will be charged the provider's contracted fees which may vary from the sample fee schedule above. Consult with your provider prior to beginning any treatment.

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Disclaimer

The Dentalplans.com website is administered by Dentalplans.com, Inc., 8100 S.W. 10th Street Suite #2000, Plantation, FL 33324. Plans and Programs marketed by DentalPlans.com are not health insurance policies, and provide discounts at certain health care providers for medical services. The Plans and Programs marketed by DentalPlans.com do not make payments directly to medical service providers. The Plan or Program member is obligated to pay for all health care services but will receive a discount from those health care providers who have contracted with the Plan, Program or discount plan organization.

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