Delta Dental’s Industry-Leading Networks Continue to Grow

Larger networks mean greater access and potential savings for customers

December 12, 2011

A new report by NetMinder, an independent provider network data reporting company, shows that both Delta Dental’s PPO and Premier® national networks continue to grow and are among the largest in the nation.

Delta Dental has one of the largest PPO networks in the country with almost 78,500 dentists. Additionally, the Delta Dental Premier® network has more than 134,000 dentists — the largest dental network of its kind in the U.S., according to the NetMinder report.

A 2010 study from actuarial consulting firm The Ruark Group found that Delta Dental offers the industry’s best effective discount nationwide across all plan designs. The effective discount is the average discount across all claims paid (both in-network and out-of-network). It provides the best picture of actual cost and true savings since it represents an average of the discounts enjoyed by all plan enrollees — including those individuals who choose to visit a non-PPO dentist.

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental of New York and several other Delta Dental companies under common management provide dental benefits plans to 25 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All these companies are part of the not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (, which consists of 39 independent Delta Dental member companies collectively serving more than 56 million Americans in more than 95,000 employee groups. In 2010, Delta Dental member companies donated more than $48 million throughout the country to support programs that focus on preventing dental disease, expanding access to care, advancing dental science and understanding the connections between oral and overall health.

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