When you’re weighing your options for FSA funds, your teeth may not cross your mind. However, the Internal Revenue Service states you can use your flex spending account for any dental procedures that treat or prevent oral diseases. These can range from a routine teeth cleaning and dental exam to a root canal or more invasive dental work. You don’t have to sacrifice your oral health to save a few dollars. Use your FSA funds to restore a healthy mouth.
1. Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth, dental implants are typically the best approach to giving you back a full smile. These dental restorations are more costly than other more routine dental treatments such as dental crowns, making them an excellent investment in your oral health and good use of your FSA funds.
Dental implants replace the lost tooth from top to bottom. An artificial tooth root is implanted into your jawbone, typically a titanium post or screw. The artificial root fuses with your bone, restoring bone integrity and preventing bone resorption from the loss of stimulation from the missing tooth. An abutment is used to connect the post with a dental crown that looks and acts like your natural teeth. Dr. Hatland also offers mini-dental implants, which are less cost-prohibitive and are great for replacing small teeth.
Fixing crooked, overcrowded and gapped teeth with orthodontics is another more extensive dentistry option that gives you a beautiful, functional smile but typically comes with a more considerable blow to your wallet. Living with crooked teeth can impact your oral health, putting you at a higher risk for tooth decay or gum disease due to the cramped quarters. Your FSA funds can be used to cover some or all of the cost of orthodontics. Dr. Raymond Hatland offers his Chicago and Indianapolis patients FastBraces® and Clear Braces.
FastBraces® improve upon the traditional metal braces by using triangular brackets and flexible wiring that places pressure on the whole tooth instead of pressure hotspots. You can enjoy a straighter smile in less time with FastBraces®. Clear Braces use plastic aligners for discreet teeth straightening.
3. Gum Disease Treatment
Proper dental hygiene at home can often reverse the beginning stages of gum disease. However, progressive gum disease, or periodontitis, requires treatment to remove bacteria and buildup from around and beneath the gum line. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and may increase your risk of systemic diseases as the bacteria leach into your bloodstream. Your FSA funds can help you fight gum disease for a healthier mouth.
A flex savings account can be used for these dental treatments or many other types, such as treating TMJ disorders or filling a cavity.
Request an appointment with Dr. Hatland today to ensure healthy teeth and gums. You can reach our Chicago office by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis office by calling (317) 257-0794.