Dental implants are pieces of dental hardware used to replace broken, missing, or damaged teeth. A base is placed into the jaw and a faux replacement tooth is attached. Implants are a sturdier, more permanent option than dentures or bridges. They may be recommended for single or multiple tooth replacements. But there can be some obstacles for patients looking to get dental implants.
If you are considering getting dental implants, you might find yourself asking, “Are dental implants cosmetic?” This question matters for both personal and financial reasons, so it’s important to understand the details of dental implants before opting to get them.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry consists of dental practices that are used to change the cosmetic appearance of teeth. It can include procedures like whitening or porcelain veneers. A defining feature of cosmetic dentistry is that it is done for looks rather than function.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Dental Insurance?
Since cosmetic dentistry is not fixing a medical issue with a patient’s teeth, it is generally not covered by insurance. Instead, patients are expected to pay out of pocket for their cosmetic dental work.
So Are Dental Implants Cosmetic?
Yes, and no. There are two factors that go into deciding whether or not dental implants are cosmetic or not. The first is if they are done for purely elective reasons, such as replacing a broken front tooth to improve the look of the smile.
The second is the insurance policy a patient has. Some policies may be willing to pay for dental implants done as a restorative process after an accident or illness results in tooth loss.
In the case of cosmetic dental implants, costs can be high. A single implant can cost over $5,000. If a patient needs multiple implants, costs only increase. Getting dental implants covered by insurance is ideal.
How Can You Get Your Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
To get your dental implants covered by insurance, look for a policy that has options for restorative dental coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask for details on your current policy benefits or to shop around looking for a specific policy that will cover this type of work. Your dental implant work then must qualify as restorative, such as repairing a broken tooth.
At Advanced Prosthodontics, we can help you work with your insurance to get the best coverage possible for your restorative dental implants. We can also assist in finding financial options for affording dental implants that fall under the cosmetic qualifiers. If Dr. Hersh has prescribed dental implants that means they are the best option for your dental situation and we will help you find a way to preserve your oral health affordably.
Don’t wait to get your dental implants done. Whether your implant plan is cosmetic or restorative, it can improve the way you feel mentally and physically about your teeth. There is a way to take care of your teeth that fits with your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment or to ask questions about dental implant coverage, call (610) 865-4222.