Glossary of Common Dental Terms: S-Z
Scaling - removal of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth.
Schedule of allowances - see table of allowances.
SCHIP - State Children's Health Insurance Program - created from The Balanced Budget Act of 1997; expands health care coverage for children who are not covered by Medicaid.
Sealant - a thin plastic material used to cover the biting surface of a child's tooth to prevent tooth decay.
Subscriber - the person, usually the employee, who represents the family unit in relation to the dental benefit program (also known as: primary subscriber, enrollee, insured, covered person, beneficiary).
Table of allowances - A list of covered services with an assigned dollar amount that represents the total obligation of the plan with respect to payment for such services, but does not necessarily represent the dentist's full fee for that service (also known as: schedule of allowances, indemnity schedule).
UCR (Usual, Customary and Reasonable) Plan - A dental benefit plan that determines benefits based on "Usual, Customary, and Reasonable" fee criteria (see Usual fee, Customary fee and Reasonable fee).
Usual fee - The fee that an individual dentist most frequently charges for a given dental service (see Customary fee and Reasonable fee).
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