What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are used to counter tooth loss. The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic dentistry, though it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well. Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

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Dental Implants

Q: How do I know if I am a good candidate for implants?
A: It is important to find out if you have enough bone to hold an implant in place. If your bone is not "thick" enough you may still get an implant, but a bone graft may be needed first. Severe, ongoing gum and bone disease may also be a problem. Your general health must be considered as well. It is important for us to know if you have had a recent heart attach, surgery for heart valve problems, recent stroke, bleeding problems, or IV bisphosphonate drug therapy.

Q: How long will a dental implant last?
A: An implant integrates, or becomes a part of the bony structure of the mouth. In this manner, it can last indefinitely. However, as with any type of dental replacement, the longevity of an implant and any restoration placed upon that implant depends greatly on home care by the patient. If you decide to have an implant, you must be committed to taking excellent care of your mouth from now on.

Q: Will my insurance pay for my implants?
A: More dental insurance plans are including implants in their contracts. However, they are typically included within the confines of applicable yearly maximums, ($1500-2000 per year). Some plans may stipulate a "least expensive alternative treatment" benefit, meaning the carrier may only pay what they allow toward a non-implant supported crown, removable partial denture or full denture. If your insurance contract insurance contract specifically excludes implant procedures, then such procedures will not be covered, despite what you or our office may request. Insurance coverage is important, but should not be your only consideration when considering your health.

Dental Implant Questions?

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