A full beautiful smile always lights up a room, which is why you might consider filling empty spaces with dental implants. Unfortunately, bringing back your beautiful smile with dental implants is often costly. Insurance doesn’t typically cover cosmetic procedures – and implants are often considered cosmetic. And even one implant can cost thousands of dollars. But there are insurance alternatives that make dental implants more affordable.
What Is Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery is a common procedure that replaces any missing teeth with natural-looking roots made to size (the dental implant) and teeth (the crowns or denture that is fitted over the custom implant). Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots. A titanium post, which is surgically inserted into your jawbone, replicates the root of a tooth. Before your teeth are restored, your dentist will make sure the artificial post is 100% secured to your jawbone. Healing might take several months, but the post typically fuses with the jawbone seamlessly. Once fully healed, your dentist will check to make sure the implant is strong enough to support the artificial tooth, called a crown or several teeth.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants?
If you are considering dental implants for yourself, you might already know several advantages (Number 1 being a confident smile of course). The biggest reason dental implants are so popular is because of the aesthetic value it brings to your smile and overall facial symmetry. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, and become a permanent solution for people who have lost one or more teeth.
If you are missing several teeth, you run the risk of affecting your speech. Without teeth, certain consonant and vowel sounds may be restricted. With dentures, the plate piece might slip if it doesn’t fit perfectly, whereas dental implants are fused with your own bone to provide a more comfortable and customized result. Simple everyday tasks and pleasures like eating can be significantly improved with the right dental implants. Most importantly, since dental implants become part of the mouth’s bone structure, implants can help retain oral bone strength and mass. Traditional dentures can, unfortunately, cause shrinkage of the mouth’s supporting bone structure over time.
What Should I Know About The Cost of Dental Implants?
It can be challenging to find the best estimate for dental implants without actually having a dentist look at your teeth. How do you find low cost dental implants and other affordable dental procedures without sacrificing quality? Sure, you can search the internet for affordable dental implants, or you can call dentists in your area to inquire about implants. However, none of this replaces visiting a dentist in-person, and no dentist will be able to give a pricing quote without seeing your teeth. As a general cost projection, the average cost for dental implants can range between $1,000 and $5,000. Additional dental procedures such as X-rays, tooth extraction, and bone grafts add to the cost.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Even if you don’t currently have dental insurance, you still have options for low cost dental implants. Like most cosmetic procedures, dental implants are unfortunately not typically covered by most dental insurance plans, especially if there is a cheaper option available to restore missing teeth. Another typical obstacle is that virtually all insurance plans do not cover teeth that were missing before you purchased the insurance plan.
If you are in the market for a dental insurance plan that covers everything, an indemnity insurance plan is a top choice, but make sure you ask about dental implant coverage before signing up. Ask the insurance provider to give you a clear understanding of what your insurance provider considers to be “reasonable” and “customary” costs within indemnity insurance and inquire about a possible waiting period required for dental implants. Some insurance coverage has up to a 12 month waiting period before selected procedures are covered. Typically, your dental insurance providers will require you to obtain an estimate before you begin any expensive dental treatment, which helps ensure that you know, up front, what your dental insurance will pay and what you will need to pay out of pocket.
You may also wish to consider the alternative to traditional dental insurance, a dental savings plan. These plans offer discounts of 10-60% on dental care at a broad network of providers.
Paying for your Dental Implant
The teams from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates take great pride in offering a range of payment options and providing quality care that is affordable. You can take advantage of the best price on dental implants without sacrificing quality. In fact, Patients of Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates can take advantage of Dental Direct, the teams’ discount dental plan. Patients enrolled in this exclusive program benefit from a discounted rate across all of the teams’ locations and can save between 15% and 55% on all dental care services.
Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates also accept most Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans for dental insurance. Connect with the dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates to find out if yours is an accepted plan.
Patients can also take advantage of CareCredit, a patient payment program. Enrollees can finance all of their dental care with a one-year interest-free payment plan. In fact, those enrolled pay no upfront costs, annual fees, or pre-payment penalties.
Ready to get started? Contact the team at Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates today.