From Dr. Mercola:
Who is more likely to get an amalgam dental filling: people with insurance or people without insurance? The answer may surprise you. The people who are paying for dental insurance are actually MORE likely to get amalgam than mercury-free composite, according to a study published in 2011.1
To find out why this is the case, you don’t need to look beyond the slimy bait-and-switch tactics employed by dental insurance companies.
Many people buy dental insurance believing their dental fillings are covered under their policies. But buried in the fine print of those policies are many restrictions that limit the insured’s access to mercury-free dentistry. For example:
- Many insurance policies only pay for amalgam in molar teeth; if you want composite, you have to pay out-of-pocket.
- Many insurance policies that do pay for composite fillings in molar teeth only cover them up to the cost of an amalgam, then leave you to pay the difference.
- Many insurance policies claim to cover “silver fillings,” but don’t tell unsuspecting customers that there is no such thing as a “silver filling” — they are in fact mostly mercury.
- Many insurance policies will not pay for the removal of old amalgams and replacement with composite fillings — even if your dentist believes this is the best treatment.
Many Feel Deceived by Bait-and-Switch Tactics
Many consumers have been left feeling their insurance companies have deceived them. As one consumer reported in a recent survey:
“I just was shocked when I found out the details of my coverage. It felt like a bait-and-switch scheme and deception after I submitted my claims.
There is no doubt they are doing the wrong thing by covering a toxic substance with known serious consequences. Suppose you are in the chair, have problems, …