Things to Know About Dental Implants

Like many people, a dental visit may not be a priority, but without regular, annual, check-ups, you may develop gum disease or severe tooth decay that may require dental implants. It is not an altogether bad option; the implants are a long-term replacement performed by an oral surgeon who fixes the implants into your jawbone. If you are considering this procedure, there are five things you should know about dental implants.

Cost
More often than not, dental implants are not covered by your dental insurance because it is considered a prosthetic cosmetic procedure. Implants vary in price depending on each individual’s existing teeth and the quality of their jawbone from a little as $1,000 for a single implant to as much as $100,000 for a complete set. However, many considering this surgery are not discouraged by the high cost when weighed against the cost of dental treatment such as root canals, bridges, and crowns over their lifetime. It is usually estimated that although a higher initial cost, it is a smart investment for many people.

Recommendations

Due to the fact that only 10% of dentists perform this procedure, you will most likely have to find a maxillofacial surgeon or cosmetic DDS. Many people find an expert through referrals from friends or family members while others find a referral from their regular dentist. Whomever you choose, be sure that not only do they have a reputation as an expert in performing dental implant surgery but also are willing to offer a financial payment plan that fits into your budget.

Consultation

Once you have chosen a physician, at your pre-operation consultation, your surgeon will elevate you but ensure that you request a quote for services detailing all costs. You may be able to submit this statement to your dental insurance provider who may cover some of the procedures.

Ask questions

As with any major surgery, be sure to ask as many questions in order for you to fully understand and comprehend entailed in the procedure. Ask the surgeon if there is anything that you should be aware of about the healing process. Finally, make sure that you are able to take the prescribed medication following the procedure to manage the pain.