Most dental programs have an annual dollar maximum. This is the maximum dollar amount a dental plan will pay toward the cost of dental care within a specific benefit period, usually the plan year. The plan purchaser/employer makes the final decision on "maximum levels" of reimbursement through the contract with the insurance company. The patient is usually responsible for paying costs above the annual maximum. Your employer may want to research plans that offer higher annual maximums when assessing how to better meet the needs of employees.