If you’ve had a lot of dental work in the past or you anticipate needing some dental treatment soon, it’s important to have dental insurance for many reasons. The majority of people that have dental insurance get it from their employer, family member or a Medicare Advantage plan. However, gig workers, retirees, self-employed workers and others may need to purchase dental insurance, and there are hundreds of plans to choose from. DenScore will help you find the right dental insurance so you’re able to get the most affordable and best dental care possible.

How does DenScore rank the best dental insurance plans?

Choosing the right dental insurance can be tricky, especially when considering the dental plan’s cost, covered procedures, waiting periods, rules/restrictions and more. DenScore has analyzed every dental insurance plan in each state and ranked the top plans so you can choose the best one for your specific needs.

Will dental insurance help me save money on dental care?

It depends. Some dental insurance companies and Medicare Advantage plans use misleading language and “bait and switch” tactics in order to sell more policies. If you mistakenly choose one of these plans, you probably won’t save much money on dental care and you may actually lose money if you’re paying high monthly premiums. The easiest way to save money with dental insurance is by choosing an in-network dentist when you need dental work. For more tips on how to save money when using dental insurance, check out DenScore’s FREE online dental tool, which is available 24/7!

What are other things I need to know about dental insurance?

As a general rule of thumb, you’ll save the most money by getting a dental insurance plan with a high annual maximum of at least $2,000 and low coinsurance for expensive procedures that minimize your out-of-pocket costs. For expensive procedures such as crowns, root canals and dentures, it’s best to find a dental plan that covers at least 50% of these costs (50% coinsurance). Some dental plans will also cover a portion of the costs for cosmetic procedures such as braces/aligners, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

Should I get a PPO or HMO dental insurance plan?

Preferred provider organization (PPO) plans are better than health maintenance organization (HMO) plans for many reasons. Even though HMO dental insurance plans have lower monthly insurance premiums, you’ll pay high copays for most dental procedures and HMO plans are not popular with dentists, which means you’ll have a difficult time finding a high-quality dentist that accepts your HMO dental insurance. If you’d like more information about PPO and HMO insurance plans or you have questions about anything else, visit DenScore’s website and reach out to us anytime!

Note: Some dentists may pay DenScore a fee for being included on this list. However, DenScore will never recommend dentists that don’t meet our strict quality control standards.

Rank Dental Plan Reason For Being Chosen Cost
1 Physicians Mutual Physicians Mutual has four plans, but their Premier plan is the best. This plan has an unlimited annual maximum benefit and it covers a large percentage of the costs for most procedures. Click here to get a quote today
2 Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha allows members to choose up to a $5,000 annual maximum benefit. Also, the monthly premiums are low so if you need a lot of dental work, a Mutual of Omaha plan is a great option. Click here to get a quote today
3 Cigna Cigna offers multiple dental plans in Virginia. One of their plans has an annual maximum benefit of $3,000 that covers many procedures. Click here to get a quote today
4 Ameritas The annual maximum benefit for Ameritas’ PrimeStar Complete plan is $2,000 from day 1. After being enrolled for 12 months, the annual maximum increases to $2,500. Click here to get a quote today
5 Spirit Dental & Vision Spirit’s Pinnacle PPO plan only has a $1,200 annual maximum during Year 1. However, the annual maximum increases to $2,500 during Year 2 and $5,000 during Year 3. Click here to get a quote today

Why isn’t my dental insurance on this list?

Maybe we overlooked something about your dental insurance plan! If you’re happy with your dental insurance, please let us know!