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Learn how to reduce out-of-pocket dental expenses

Contact your dental office to let them know you have coverage with Alberta Blue Cross and be prepared to ask the right questions

The Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) introduced a new fee guide effective January 1, 2018. The intent of this fee guide was to eventually provide standard rates for all dental services in Alberta. Because the rates included in the guide were less than those currently being charged by many Alberta dentists, the hope is that dental fees across the province would be lowered and Albertans would realize dental savings.

While some dentists have adopted the new ADA&C guide, following the guide remains strictly voluntary. This means that Alberta dentists still, ultimately, charge varying prices for dental services.

Identify your coverage

Two of the most common bases of payment referenced by our plans that include dental coverage are the Alberta Blue Cross Dental Schedule (ABCDS) and the Usual and Customary (U&C) dental fees. We have information available for both bases of payment including information on how much is covered.

The first step in helping you find out more about your dental coverage is to identify which base of payment your plan uses. To do this, just follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to our member site (or register to use it if you haven’t already done so).
  2. Under the “Your benefits” tab, click “Dental”.
  3. Take a look at the highlighted line on the Dental page. It will tell you which base of payment your plan uses and clicking on the link will provide you with some additional information about that base of payment and how much is covered for some common dental procedures.

Get to know your coverage

Now that you know which base of payment your plan uses, we want to provide you with some information about your specific base of payment and take a quick look at your plan’s rates for some common dental procedures.

We recommend you familiarize yourself with your plan’s rates before visiting your dentist and consider printing off some the info below so that you can show your dental office what your plan pays.

Note: Your plan may pay according to one of these two guides. To confirm which fee guide applies to you, please sign in to our member services page.

2020 Usual and Customary dental fee resources*

Intro and common procedures

* The 2020 Usual and Customary Dental fees are aligned with the 2020 ADA&C fee guide

2020 Alberta Blue Cross Dental Schedule resources*

Intro and common procedures


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