With dental insurance, your annual cleanings will always cost you less than a filling or root canal treatment, but do you know why? Your insurance categorizes dental procedures into three main categories: preventive, basic, and major dental services, depending on how complex and costly they are. Complex dental work and surgical procedures, such as implants, are classified as important dental services. These services are often lengthy or complex procedures to address problems that may have been detected and mitigated by previous preventive care. Generally speaking, if a procedure requires anesthesia or surgery or is an orthodontic procedure, it is likely to be classified as an important dental service.
These are the four main categories of dental coverage that are currently available. This is the list of basic restorative dental services.