Dental Implants VS. dentures
October 25, 2010
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But there is a better solution out there: dental implants, which are put in place by a dental surgeon who screws a titanium screw into the jaw bone and a false tooth is then attached to the screw.
They have a more natural look and feel and can be worn more confidently as they do not move about or slip at all. In addition to being easier to maintain there are other health benefits to dental implants. For example, their presence stimulates the gums to continue to live as opposed to allowing for slow decay. Additionally, dental implants can last an entire lifetime whereas dentures typically will have to be replaced.
As exciting as the development of dental implants has been for the dental community, and preferable as they are for those in need of dental prosthesis – they can be quite expensive. Given their high cost and the number of other less expensive possibilities out there, dental implants are often only partially covered by health insurance, if they are covered at all.
If your health insurance does not cover dental implants, but you would like to pursue them as an option, The New York Times suggests asking your insurance carrier to provide an allowance for the coverage that would be provided for an equivalent procedure that they do cover, such as a bridge or dentures. Dental schools also offer the procedure at a discounted rate, performed by their advanced students.
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