Originally published September 2019. Updated October 2021.
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 in your plan’s network. In the dental insurance industry, these are called “participating” dentists. They agree to provide you services at discounted rates and file all claim forms for you.
Our plans offer a variety of care networks. However, most come with access to our Delta Dental PPO℠ or Delta Dental Premier® network. The network you should use depends on your plan’s coverage.
Use our “Find a Dentist” tool to find an in-network provider that’s right for you!
Delta Dental PPO℠ Network
If you’re enrolled in a Delta Dental PPO, then your plan is designed to give you the greatest opportunity for savings when you visit an in-network, PPO 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.
Special note:Pay attention to your coverage 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. If you don’t visit a Delta Dental PPO dentist, you may end up with higher out-of-pocket costs.
Delta Dental Premier® Network
If you have a Delta Dental Premier plan, then you may visit any PPO or Premier dentist. However, premier dentist fees may mean different out-of-pocket costs than PPO dentist fees.
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.
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. Some plans allow you to see PPO or Premier dentists . For instance, PPO and Premier dentists are all in-network on DDWA Individual plans.
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.