There are times when teeth just can’t be restored due to the damage they have suffered from decay or some type of accident. When that happens, people generally have three options. Those options are bridged, dentures and implants. Bridges and dentures are removable and essentially temporary ways for the gap between the teeth to be filled. They will work well enough to enable people to continue eating and speak without any impediments, particularly if there are two or more teeth missing. But they also will require additional maintenance and cleaning and could leave the gums and mouth more vulnerable to gum disease and bacterial infection.
Implants Offer Permanent Tooth Replacement
The most effective but also costliest replacement for teeth is to have your dentist install a titanium implant into the gum line and bone. The titanium over time will fuse with the bone structure while aceramic or composite tooth is screwed into place and looks like the natural teeth. An implant is a lifetime solution to a missing tooth and usually won’t require maintenance beyond typical tooth brushing and flossing. Your dentist will keep an eye on it after the implant first is embedded to ensure it heals properly and no infections or other complications set in. Once fully healed, the implant will be as strong as your best teeth and work just as well.
Different Insurance Policies Provide Different Coverages
Depending on the type of dental or health insurance that you have, your choices for implants, bridges or dentures might be predetermined. Many dental insurance plans will cover at least some of the cost of implants and possibly most of the cost. But others, such as Medicaid, only will provide coverage for dentures and possibly bridges. Some health insurance policies might provide coverage for implants if they are deemed to be a necessity for good bodily health. Checking with your insurance agent or having your dental office check in advance can help you determine your options.
How would you prefer to have a missing tooth replaced?