When oral health issues crop up, it can lead to a great deal of stress for many individuals. Having access to an experienced dentist who has your best interests at heart can set your mind at ease as you settle on a treatment plan that is right for your needs. At the office of Dr. Dan Chu, our experienced staff will make you feel at home as we provide the best oral care and treatment options specifically targeted to your needs. If you are considering dental implants, we have many affordable options for you.
What are Dental Implants
We believe that everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile that they are proud to show off to the world. Missing or damaged teeth can make eating difficult and can lead to embarrassment or awkwardness around others. In times past, the solution to these issues was the removable dentures you’ve likely seen your grandmother wear. While those are still an option, many of today’s patients choose dental implants.
Dental implants are posts, generally made out of titanium, which are surgically implanted into the jawline. Replacement teeth are then attached to these posts, creating permanent teeth that can be cared for as if they were your own. Creating a permanent structure such as this eliminates the need for adhesives that help hold dentures in place and it also removes the problem of slippage which can lead to abrasions and sores on the gums.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to dental implants, both on a physical and emotional level. Some of these benefits are mentioned below.
- Dental implants won’t move around or slip, creating sores or abrasions.
- Dental implants cannot decay and are not easily broken or damaged.
- Dental implants replace missing teeth, making it easy to chew your favorite foods.
- Dental implants can improve speech issues resulting from missing teeth.
- Dental implants can improve your self-esteem and give you confidence around others.
Why Consider Dental Implants
Maintaining a healthy mouth is of utmost importance for a variety of bodily functions. When teeth are badly damaged or missing, it can be difficult or even impossible to eat certain foods. For some individuals, this can even lead to nutritional deficiencies or problems with maintaining a healthy weight.
Speech issues resulting from damaged or missing teeth can be embarrassing and can potentially detract from duties that individuals need to perform for their jobs. And of course, we all take pride in an attractive smile that we can show off to those we meet. Missing and damaged teeth can lead to low self-esteem and can cause an individual to feel the need to hide away from the world, negatively impacting relationships. Dental implants can provide the solution to all of these issues.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Plan Options
If cost and affordability are prohibiting you from considering dental implants as a solution to your oral health issues, you will take comfort in knowing that we accept many forms of insurance. We also save you time by filing the insurance claim for you. Our benefits team will be able to disclose all costs and coverage prior to the start of your treatment so that there will be no surprises. The following are some of the many types of insurance we accept.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
This is not a full list, so please contact us if your insurance provider is not mentioned here.
Indemnity, PPO, and HMO Insurance Plans
Indemnity insurance provides reimbursement to the dentist or the patient for the usual, customary, and reasonable fee associated with the chosen treatment. This type of insurance allows the patient to get dental care from any provider he chooses without being limited to specific dentists or areas.
PPO Insurance Plans
PPO stands for Preferred Provider Organization, and this remains the most common type of insurance. A PPO provides patients with a list of dentists to choose from. The dental professionals on this list have reached an agreement with the PPO on reduced fees for their subscribers. Most PPO insurance companies will cover 50% of major dental treatments such as crowns, partials, and bridges. PPO insurance companies will often cover 100% of the costs of preventative care such as x-rays and as much as 80% of minor dental treatments like fillings.
HMO Insurance Plans
Prepaid insurance plans such as HMOs were originally designed to provide the lowest rates of care possible for their subscribers. HMOs do not usually provide coverage for the chosen treatments, but the fees for these treatment options will be greatly reduced. The medical providers participating in the HMO receive a monthly check for the patients enrolled in the coverage, and this is used to offset the costs associated with lowering the fees for the treatments chosen.
We only get one set of teeth to last us a lifetime. When issues come up that create pain or detract from our appearance, it can be very concerning. It’s important to choose a dentist and team of professionals that understand how dental issues can affect day to day life. Additionally, it is vital to choose a skilled dentist who truly cares about your personal oral health needs. At the office of Dr. Dan Chu, we utilize the latest technology to provide our patients with the advanced and personalized treatments they have come to expect. If you have questions about dental implants or any other dental procedures, please contact us today.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.