Dental Insurance

Dental insurance can be beneficial in helping patients cover a portion of their dental treatment. However, dental insurance can be very confusing and difficult to understand for many people due to the complexities of the policies and the lack of information available from insurance companies.

Dental insurance is NOT like medical insurance. The majority of medical insurance plans cover the entire cost of treatment with the patient contributing a minimal co-pay. Once the patient pays the co-pay, they may never hear from the medical office or insurance company again regarding payment. Dental insurance plans rarely cover 100 percent of any dental fee, and in many cases, cover less than 50 percent or nothing at all.

Dental insurance companies are not concerned about coverage for optimal dental care, but provide coverage for only basic services, regardless of the quality. Benefits are determined by a contractual agreement between an insured's employer and the insurance company, according to what the employer can afford. Unfortunately, some of the services you may need or want may not be covered by your insurance.

All dental insurance plans have a dollar amount limitation they will pay each calendar or benefit year. Once this maximum amount has been paid, no other services will be covered by your insurance company for that benefit year, regardless how essential or necessary the service may be to your dental health.

Our office is dedicated to providing the best dental care available. Our mission is to access your oral health and educate you on how to improve your health, prevent problems from arising, and when necessary, provide the highest quality dental treatment, using state of the art equipment, techniques and materials.

We encourage our patients to be as familiar with their dental insurance plans as possible. We will be happy to submit your dental insurance claims for you, usually on the same day of your appointment, and assist you in understanding and maximizing your dental insurance benefits.

Our patients come to our office because we provide the high quality dental care and service they feel they deserve, .whether they have insurance or not.

If you have any questions about dental insurance, please call or e-mail any of our receptionists, all of whom are very knowledgeable regarding dental insurance. 


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Everyone at the practice is super friendly, starting from the front desk to Dr. Mahlin. I normally get the first appointment in the morning and I have never had to wait. I have been going to them for probably 20 years and have never had an issue that isn't promptly resolved. Last time I had my crown done, Dr. Mahlin even gave me his mobile number in case of an issue. I'll definitely recommend them.

Sanjiv Bhatia

Dr. Mahlin and his staff are absolutely wonderful! His bedside manner is among the best, if not the best, when it comes to compassionate, patient-centered care. He even called me after I had a new crown placed just to see how I was doing. He's thoughtful, gentle (both as a person and as a dentist), and most importantly is excellent at dentistry! His staff couldn't be friendlier or more accomodating and I have never had a long wait in the waiting room. I would give him 10 stars if this rating scale allowed it!

Gregory Polites

Kim, my hygienist, is the best, she has a passion for insuring she does her best to ensure patient comfort and that I will leave with the cleanest teeth and gums as well as a plan for addressing potential issues! Dr. Mahlin is very professional in his final inspection and verification of any of Kim's findings while performing the cleaning. An added bonus that Dr. Mahlin provides is a follow up call in the evening to ensure that your experience that day for treatment has gone as expected and there aren't any abnormalities. Very Caring person!

John Helbing

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