New Year, New You, Re-New-ed Smile

Greenville woman smiles as dentist holds tools in front of her during exam.

New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Gym memberships are on the rise, and millions have pledged to lead healthier lives in 2020. Studies indicate that your oral health can have a direct connection to your overall wellbeing, and now is the time to renew your smile to ensure a healthy and happy year ahead. Dental insurance benefits reset each year, which makes January an excellent time to schedule your dental exam and cleaning, as well as necessary dental procedures.

Preventive Care & Dental Insurance Benefits 

Dental insurance typically covers preventive dentistry, and that includes two visits a year to clean your teeth and identify any dental problems. This is when we can diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, and look for signs of oral cancer. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can often be reversed through dental hygiene such as daily flossing, brushing, and rinsing and lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking and cutting back on sugar. When gum disease progresses to the second and third stages, you will likely need periodontal treatment, and in some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted to restore a healthy smile. These preventive visits are essential to maintaining your oral health.

Dental insurance often covers 100 percent of the costs of preventive care, and our Greenville office can help you by submitting your insurance claim for your exam and other dental services. However, some plans are designed to simply help you afford preventive dentistry and may require a co-payment. Regular visits to our dentists at Wood Creek Dental can help uncover small issues early on and avoid the need for expensive dental procedures down the road. 

We have New Patient Specials for those who are looking for a new dentist in the new year, which includes $71 off your first visit and one free teeth whitening strips kit you can use to brighten your smile at home. 

Dental Procedures & Insurance Benefits 

Insurance benefits for dental needs may cover a higher percentage for basic procedures such as fillings for cavities and a lower percentage for more extensive treatment, but this depends on your particular plan. It’s essential to understand your dental insurance so you can maximize your benefits. We are happy to assist you in determining the amount of coverage allowed by your specific plan for your dental treatment needs.

Some of the most common dental procedures include: 

  • White Fillings 
  • Dental Crowns
  • Root Canals
  • Orthodontics
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Gum Treatment
  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants 

Cosmetic Dentistry to Renew Your Smile 

Dental insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic dentistry options such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, as these address esthetic concerns like tooth discoloration and chips. Our Greenville dentists offer financing options so that you can achieve a beautiful smile with flexible payment plans and discounts for payments made in full. 

Schedule Your Dental Exam at Wood Creek Dental

If you’re looking for a new dentist or want to make the most of your renewed dental benefits, contact our dentists in Greenville today at (864) 288-5300 to schedule your exam and consultation. Wood Creek Dental provides dentistry for all ages in Greenville, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas. 


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