Dental Center of Jacksonville is here for you and your family. We show our commitment by staying open later than most dental offices, being here on the weekends, and by accepting many dental insurance plans. Dr. Jignesh Patel is pleased to be your Aetna dentist in Jacksonville! That’s great news for your smile — and your wallet.
How Dental Insurance Works
Dental insurance plans work like medical insurance, except with more of a focus on prevention. By making the services that contribute to lasting oral wellness free or greatly reduced, you can avoid the need for more costly, complex care later on. If you do need restorative treatment at some point, your insurance will cover a significant portion of your care.
Visiting an in-network dentist is important for making the most out of your plan. Because Dental Center of Jacksonville is in-network with your Aetna plan, you will receive your discounted care right off the bat. You may still be eligible for the same savings when you visit an out-of-network dentist, but you will have to pay the full amount out of pocket first, file a claim, and then wait for reimbursement on the backend.
Some of the key terms that will help you understand your Aetna plan include:
- Premium: The amount of money you regularly pay (usually monthly) in exchange for your dental services.
- Deductible: The amount you must reach before your insurance will take effect. Preventive care usually falls outside of the deductible and is covered no matter what.
- Annual maximum: The amount above which your dental insurance will not pay for care. During the years you meet your deductible, you will also want to meet or get very close to your annual maximum.
Preventive Care Is Crucial for Healthy Smiles
Because six month checkups and cleanings are the cornerstone of every healthy, long-lasting smile, your dental insurance should fully cover these appointments, as well as other preventive services like X-rays, fluoride treatments, and sometimes dental sealants for children. Staying on top of these regular visits is important for making the most out of your investment in dental insurance.
During a checkup and cleaning, our hygiene team will clean off all the plaque and tartar that has had the chance to build up on your teeth since your last visit. We will also capture X-rays for your doctor to examine. Dr. Patel will then take a thorough look at your teeth and surrounding oral structures, checking for the warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, worn dental work, and even oral cancer. If any issues are detected during this portion of the exam, we will put together a plan for prompt restorative treatment, like a crown and bridge, filling, dental implant, or other any other necessary service.
Make Dental Center of Jacksonville Your Dentist!
The best way to make the most out of your dental insurance plan is by visiting an in-network dentist. Dental Center of Jacksonville accepts your Aetna benefits! Book an Appointment with your dentists today.