How to Find UnitedHealthcare Dental Providers
- Learn how to search the UnitedHealthcare vast network of dental providers to find a UHC dental provider near you. In this review, we also outline how to compare Medicare Advantage plans so you can find the right plan for you with the dental benefits you need.
UnitedHealthcare provides standalone dental plans and Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans that include dental coverage. But a dental plan is only as good as the providers who participate.
Let’s take a look at UnitedHealthcare dental providers to help you get an idea of what your dentist selection might look like with a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan.
How Can I Find a UnitedHealthcare Dental Provider?
UHC makes it easy to search for participating dental providers in your area. Simply visit the UHC provider lookup tool and select the type of UnitedHealthcare plan you have (or the plan you’re considering, if you’re shopping for Medicare). Then enter your zip code and follow the prompts.
The list of results will include the name, address and phone number of each UHC dental provider located in the area searched, and you may use a series of search filters to further narrow down the results.
To get an idea of how many dental providers accept UnitedHealthcare, a search for general dentists who accept UHC Medicare Advantage plans within 20 miles of one Los Angeles zip code returned 2,991 dental providers.
How Many Dental Providers Accept UnitedHealthcare?
UHC advertises that its dental network includes more than 100,000 local and national dental providers. This is hardly surprising, as UnitedHealthcare boasts the largest number of policy holders of any insurance company with around 70 million customers in 2021 and ranks No. 5 on the Fortune 500 list.
Dental providers that accept UnitedHealthcare insurance may include:
- General dentists
- Pediatric dentists
- Oral surgeons or oral pathologists
The UHC network of dental providers may also include suppliers of dentures, braces and other dental supplies and equipment.
Using a UnitedHealthcare Dental Provider
Depending on the type of UHC plan in which you enroll, your choice of dental providers may be restricted to only those providers within the UnitedHealthcare network, or you may also be able to visit dental providers outside of the plan’s network while still receiving at least partial coverage for your care.
A PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plan may allow members to seek dental care outside of the UHC network and may still receive some coverage for the visit. You typically pay lower out-of-pocket costs when you visit an in-network dentist, however.
HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plans restrict members to seeing dental providers within the UHC network. Any dental care received outside of the plan network will not be covered in most cases. Your care may be coordinated by a general dentist who will issue referrals to see specialists.
What Kind of Dental Care Is Covered by UnitedHealthcare Medicare plans?
UnitedHealthcare dental coverage includes routine dental care such as exams, cleanings, fillings and X-rays. Plans may also include orthodontics and other advanced services such as extractions, root canals, dentures, bridges, crowns and more.
All UHC dental plans include 100% coverage of preventive care when administered by a network provider.
Some dental services may require a prescription for pain medications or other drugs. In addition to dental benefits, most UHC Medicare Advantage plans also include coverage of prescription drugs.
How Do I Find a UnitedHealthcare Plan With Dental Coverage
You may be able to find and compare UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans by calling to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can deliver all of your available plan options from both UHC and other carriers to help you review and compare.
An agent will be able to answer any additional questions you may have about UnitedHealthcare dental coverage or providers and help you make the best decision for your needs.