CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — As another tool in the effort to help employers and employees control their health benefit costs, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has introduced an online dental care cost estimator.

In addition to a host of other consumer tools currently available on bcbst.com, this tool allows a member to budget for routine dental care and may reduce the anxiety associated with seeing the dentist.

“This tool is an extension of our vision to provide consumers with transparent cost and quality information for all of their health care needs, including dental procedures,” said Jeff Price, dental program director for BlueCross.

The tool is simple to use and allows members to select a dentist and find the cost of a range of common procedures and dental services including exams, x-rays, cleaning, sealants, fillings, crowns, periodontal services, dentures and extractions.

The dental cost estimator gives the member the actual cost of a particular covered procedure, if that procedure is performed by a participating BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee provider. The tool allows the member to estimate their dental costs and recognize the value gained by using a BlueCross network provider.

To find out more about the dental cost estimator tool, BlueCross members are encouraged to visit the health tools section of the website and login to Blue Access.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.