All You Ever Wanted To Know About Implants: Installment #2

A dental implant procedure is a complex, surgical procedure, and therefore can be scary for many people, especially if you have dental anxiety. However, with today’s technology, implant placement doesn’t have to be scary, and it is the most long-term and stable dental treatment available for replacing a tooth. Today we will address more questions so you can continue to learn all you ever wanted to know about implants.

More Questions About Implants

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

While most people are candidates for dental implant surgery, there are some prerequisites that need to be met before receiving an implant. For instance, patients must have healthy gums and must have enough healthy jawbone to sustain an implant. If you are suffering from periodontal disease, your dentist will treat your gums before recommending implant placement. If you are suffering from jawbone atrophy (meaning your jawbone is no longer dense enough to sustain an implant post), your dentist may recommend a bone graft to build up the bone, before recommending implant placement.

What Is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft involves using a section of bone from another area of your body, or using synthetic bone, and grafting, or transplanting it onto your jawbone. This reinforces the strength and density of the bone enough to support a dental implant.

Will My Insurance Cover a Dental Implant Procedure?

Your dentist can answer this question in more detail, but dental insurance is not typically designed to cover dental implants. Most dental insurance plans are designed to cover preventive services, or routine maintenance, and basic care. However, for a definitive answer it is best to contact your dental insurance provider.