Did you know that half of all Americans have some degree of gum disease? It’s true – the Center for Disease Control, which tracks this kind of statistic, released the numbers for adults over 30 way back in 2012. Significant gum disease can lead to tooth loss, a situation that leaves many South Shore residents feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
There are a number of ways to address missing teeth. One increasingly popular option is the dental implant. Dental implants can be used singly or in combination in areas where one or two teeth are missing; additionally, if you need a bridge, dental implants can serve as the anchor points, allowing your bridge to fit better and more securely.
We are often asked if dental implants are covered by insurance policies. There are so many different dental insurance plans with varying benefits packages, so the best advice we can give to people with this question is to address their concerns with their plan provider or benefits administrator at work. We’ll happily work with you as well, and will provide pre-treatment estimates as needed to meet plan requirements. Dental implants can be part of a treatment plan for gum disease, as the restoration of missing teeth can improve one’s ability to speak and chew in addition to boosting one’s self-confidence.
If your insurance doesn’t cover dental implants, or you’re self-pay, there are ways to make the cost of dental implants more bearable. The first factor to consider is longevity: dental implants are strong and more durable than dentures. Many people only need to have dental implants once in the course of their life, whereas it’s not at all unusual to need two or more sets of dentures. Timing your dental implant purchase to take advantage of medical savings accounts is also a good idea. Have questions? Ask your Quincy dentist for more information.