Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

By Site Admin | Dental Implants

Apr 08

If your dentist suggests a dental implant to solve a tooth problem,you would probably have two questions:

  • What is it? and
  • How much is it?

Your dentist would probably reply:

(1) A dental implant is a replacement for a missing natural tooth and (2) Yes and no.
An implant in the form of a screw or cylinder is surgically inserted in the upper or lower jaw as an artificial replacement for a natural tooth. The implant acts as the root of the tooth and becomes a stable base for a natural looking tooth that is placed over it. implants are more stable than dentures and allow the person to chew normally and comfortably. An implant also differs from dentures because it is not removed at night for cleaning and it doesn’t need to be attached to any natural teeth next to it. For all these reasons, a dental implant might be suggested to solve a denture problem and generally offers more comfort and ease of use.

If you decide that a dental implant is best for you, the three-step surgery will be performed in the dentist’s office.

1. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone in the same position as a natural tooth. it is covered and, over the next 3-6 months, bone will develop around the implant to help hold it in place.

2. After the waiting time, the implant is uncovered and a post is attached to it.
Again, there is a waiting period of a few more months as the gum that surrounds the
implant is allowed to heal.

3. In the third and final step, a tooth replacement, generally known as a crown,
is attached to the post … and the procedure is done.

Is a dental implant painful? The procedure will cause some pain, much like tooth removal. The dentist will make incisions in your gums with local anesthesia for the implant steps.

Are dental implants worth it? True, they are expensive, perhaps as much as $5,000, and your insurance may not pay for it. Good general health contributes to a lasting and successful procedure. They may be less successful for smokers or those who grind their teeth. Some health problems may cause bone loss in the jaw are also a poor risk. Some cases also involve complications, which may end successfully but may require at least a few trips to the dentist. Also, in addition to investing your money, you will be investing your time since the entire procedure may take many months to be completed. However, the investment in time may end in a lifetime of good teeth health!

Even though the price tag for a dental implant may deter people, one big selling point is that they more closely resemble and act like regular teeth. If you have a dental problem that might be better solved with a dental implant, check with your dentist and your medical plan to see if a dental implant is the possible, as well as the desired, solution to your tooth problems.

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