Saturday, August 14, 2010

Paying for Dental Implants

Today’s Patient Money column focuses on dental implants, which are often a better option than dentures or other types of dental work for replacing lost teeth.

    The procedure is straightforward. A surgeon places a titanium screw in the jaw bone, and prosthetic teeth are secured to the implant. They don’t wiggle or slip, as dentures can, and are healthier for the gums and bone. Most patients find implants easier to maintain than dentures.

The problem is that insurance plans typically don’t pay much toward the cost of dental implants. To learn more, read the full column, “For Most, Implants Beat Dentures, but at a Price,” and then please join the discussion below.

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