We always use high quality materials in our office, but there is a “good, better, best” in every situation. We refer to the “best” as material upgrades. These are the highest quality materials, but they are not covered by insurance because there are other good materials that would suffice. Material upgrades are optional, but are strongly recommended in most cases.
Typically, insurance will only cover the “Least Expensive Alternative Treatment” (LEAT). Because insurance does not cover the upgrades, and because we need to cover our costs, should you choose to use the upgraded materials there will be a small additional fee that will be charged to you. (e.g. insurance will normally cover up to the cost of a silver amalgam filling, but will not cover the full cost of a white composite filling; therefore you will be responsible to cover the difference.)
Below is a list of upgraded materials used in our office. If you have questions regarding material upgrades, please ask us!