cost of comprehensive oral evaluation

I believe my dentist is overpricing treatments and I need to know how much is the average cost of a comprehensive oral evaluation....takes him 5 minutes at the most. I know he is overcharging for fillings, etc. Also I am a senior who will be 68 in January and they did not inform me that they did not acknowledge my new dental plan from United Healthcare which I pay extra for this coverage. Can you advise me if I have a leg to stand on because of this. I heard Clark Howard say that you are to be informed if your insurance is not accepted.

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Answer: Insurance not accepted

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

It sounds like you already have trust issues with your current dentist.  It may be best to find another dental provider whom you feel is fairly charging you for services provided. Unfortunately, dental offices can accept the assignment of benefits for your insurance with or without being in-network. Filing insurance on behalf of the patient is a courtesy.  Dental insurance is very different from medical insurance and needs to be looked at like a bonus and not an insurance plan. Fees for services provided are based on zip code, unless it is an in-network insurance provider. Insurance companies set the fees based upon a fee schedule by demographics.  Since you seem to be having issues with what you are being charged, it is best to find a new dentist you will not feel is after your wallet, but rather wants you to keep your teeth for a lifetime. 

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