If you have lost a tooth from decay or by accident, there are various options when it comes to replacement. Dentures are the more traditional method, but dental implants offer a more permanent solution to missing teeth. In fact, a dental implant is virtually indistinguishable from your regular teeth and can be performed at our general dentistry office.
What Are Dental Implants?
Full dental implants are replacements for both the missing tooth and the missing root. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are inserted into the gum, replacing both the root and the tooth.
Dental implants can be categorized as restorative dentistry surgery, as they contribute to your mouth’s health.
The dental implant begins with inserting a titanium screw into the jaw. This stimulates the jaw’s bone growth and reduces the “thinning” that can happen when teeth are missing. Once this has healed, the “cap” tooth is fitted into place, and can often be colored to match the surrounding teeth.
With dental implants, you can bite, speak, and chew regularly. Plus, the implant keeps other teeth from shifting in the mouth and keeps your smile healthy.
Types of Dental Implants
There are a few types of dental implants, and your Bucks County dentist can help you determine which one is best for your mouth. Also, some patients may need to have bone grafting performed on the jaw to support the implant. This can include bone augmentation or a sinus lift, adding bone below the sinus where it’s deteriorated due to missing back teeth on the upper part of the jaw.
● Subperiosteal dental implants are placed under the gum, and either on or above the jawbone. This type of implant is best for people who don’t have a healthy enough jawbone and don’t want to or cannot undergo bone augmentation procedures to rebuild it.
● Endosteal dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone. These use the titanium screw implant and are the most common type of implant.
FAQs About Dental Implants
Here are a some common questions we hear about dental implants:
Does dental insurance cover implants?
Many dental insurance companies consider implants to be a cosmetic dentistry procedure, and therefore may not provide coverage. We can work with your insurance to help determine if this is a medically necessary procedure. If you’re considering dental implants, you may wish to look for a new dental policy that does cover the procedure before booking the appointment.
Does PA Medicaid cover dental implants?
Traditional Medicaid, which is Medicaid Part A and Medicaid Part B, does not cover dental implants. However, some supplemental Medicaid insurance plans, called Medicare Advantage Plans, may cover dental implants. Private insurance companies provide these plans, and each plan varies on coverage.
How much do dental implants cost in PA?
Depending on the number of implants you need and whether you need bone grafting procedures, the costs can vary widely. Consult one of our dentists for more information regarding an accurate assessment.
Contact Dental Beauty Today
Are you ready for a full, radiant smile? Dental Beauty can help! Our office performs dental implant surgeries, and we can custom-make an implant that looks just like your regular teeth. Enjoy the relief of having a secure tooth replacement with our dental implants today! Give us a call or visit us online for more information.