Under a dental plan with a missing tooth clause, insurance won’t cover the cost of the replacement procedure if the tooth was extracted or fell out before the current coverage began for the member. To put it in health insurance terms, it’s similar to a pre-existing condition. Members who have a plan with a missing tooth clause would then have to pay for the procedure out of pocket, which can create a financial challenge.
Preventative dental sealants are a fantastic way to prevent cavities! Sealants protect the tooth by preventing bacteria from residing in the grooves of a tooth’s bite surface. In order to seal a tooth, it must be free of any decay (aka cavities). The tooth is cleaned and a plastic-like sealant material is flowed into the grooves. The sealant is then set by shining a bright blue light on it for several seconds.