I have a bridge that is over 30 years old. I’m also dealing with periodontal disease and a few more upper teeth struggling. I was thinking of replacing the entire upper arch with dental implants. The problem I face is the cost. They are pretty pricey. Does medical insurance cover any of this because it involves surgery, which technically makes it a medical procedure? I know dentures are cheaper, but I am worried they will look fake.
Let’s take this a bit at a time. First, the periodontal disease. This will have to be addressed before dental implants are even considered. Gum disease damages the bone support for your teeth. Those with advanced gum disease eventually have teeth just fall out of their mouth because of that loss of bone support, which is essential for a successful dental implant procedure.
While it seems like something that affects your medical health, such as the ability to eat, should be covered by medical insurance, most have a dental exemption clause. There is a good reason for this. Without that, patients could claim a simple filling is an infection and ask for it to be covered with their medical insurance.
The one exception to this dental restriction clause would be if you broke some teeth in a car accident or something similar.
Can Dentures be Attractive
Both dental implants and dentures can be beautiful and natural. The key is to that is in the dentist you choose to do the work. One of the problems patients face is that dentists are not taught how to create beautiful smiles in dental school. They are taught how to create functional smiles.
What you will need is a dentist who invested in post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry. They have the skills necessary. The quandary you are in is how to know which dentists have invested in that training and which haven’t. One thing I would recommend is to look on the mynewsmile.com website. These dentists are prescreened for their artistry and technical training. They will create a smile you will be proud to share with the world.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.