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Dentist Networks: The Difference Between PPO and Premier

September 23, 2019

A common question we get from our members is ”What’s the difference between Delta Dental PPO and Delta Dental Premier?” It’s a tricky question, and the answer depends entirely on your plan’s coverage.

Everyone knows that one of the best ways to get the most value out of your dental coverage is to visit a dentist who participates in your plan’s network. In the dental insurance industry, we refer to these dentists as participating or in-network. In-network dentists agree to provide you services at discounted rates and file all claims forms for you.

Delta Dental Premier vs. PPO: What’s the Difference?

We offer a few dentist networks for accessing care. However, the majority of our plans come with access to our Delta Dental PPO℠ or Delta Dental Premier® network. The network you should use depends on your plan’s coverage. 

Create or sign in to your MySmile® account to review your coverage and see which network your plan uses. 

Delta Dental PPO℠ network

If you have a Delta Dental PPO plan, then your plan is designed to give you the greatest opportunity for savings when you visit a Delta Dental PPO network dentist. 

Many PPO plans also come with access to the Delta Dental Premier® network. Since our Premier network is slightly larger than our PPO network, it acts like a “safety net” to ensure you can access in-network care. It’s kind of like a network within a network. 

If you have a PPO plan and visit a Delta Dental Premier dentist, you will not maximize your out-of-pocket cost savings. 

Pay special attention to your coverage and network before you seek dental care. Some plans are PPO-only plans. If you have a PPO-only plan, your coverage only works when you get care from an in-network dentist. 

Delta Dental Premier® network

If you have a Delta Dental Premier plan, then you get the most from your coverage when you visit a Delta Dental Premier network dentist. You may also seek care from a Delta Dental PPO dentist. 

Whether you have a PPO or Premier dental plan, accessing in-network dental care is easy. More than 4 out of 5 dentists in Washington State participate in one or both networks. 

Find a Delta Dental network dentist near you.

Delta Dental PPO Network FAQ

How do I find a Delta Dental PPO provider?

You can find a Delta Dental PPO provider using our Find a Dentist tool.

Do I have access to the Delta Dental Premier network under my PPO plan?

Many Delta Dental PPO plans come with access to our Premier network, but you should always check your coverage to be sure.

Delta Dental Premier Network FAQ

How do I find a Delta Dental Premier provider?

You can find a Delta Dental Premier provider using our Find a Dentist tool.

Do I have access to the Delta Dental PPO network under my Premier plan?

Your coverage allows you to see a PPO dentist. However, you will get the most savings from your Premier plan when you visit a Premier dentist.

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