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At Azalea Dental, we pride ourselves on educating our patients about dental care so they can be an active participant in their own oral health.
As a patient, you have a right to be informed about your treatment. We make every effort to explain a procedure in enough detail for you to understand why it's important and how it can benefit your oral health.
But you may still have questions, and we've shared a few of those we hear most frequently. We're always here for you, so if you still need more information, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Dental Implant Restoration
The cost of cosmetic dentistry treatments can vary a great deal – as do people’s budgets! Dr. Riley is happy to help you by examining your teeth and discussing your dental goals and your current budget. While most procedures done purely for cosmetic reasons are not covered under insurance, certain procedures may be covered in some circumstances, so we are also happy to check your insurance coverage and help you maximize your benefits.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry in 29483 Right For Me?
What type of improvements are you looking to make? If you want to whiten and brighten your smile, then an inexpensive professional take-home whitening kit may be all you need to look your best. Many improvements that are often done with dental veneers, such as repairing chips, discolorations, or enamel imperfections, can also be done with dental bonding, which costs less and can be completed in a single day. You might be surprised by the affordability of some cosmetic dentistry procedures!
We understand the importance of having teeth that are both healthy and attractive, and our dental office offers solutions that can help you fit your dental care into your budget more easily. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, and we also accept Care Credit, a line of credit that is available specifically for health-care needs.
Losing just one tooth can lead to a series of events that can seriously compromise your overall oral health. The empty space left by a missing tooth gives surrounding teeth room to move into the void and surrounding bone can start to deteriorate.
Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible, and dental implants are a popular and effective solution. A dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone and serves as a replacement root for the missing tooth.
First, we will refer you to a trusted local oral surgeon who places a titanium replacement root into your jaw. This is the underlying piece of the implant. Once the implant has been secured in the jaw bone, healing usually takes several months. When we’re familiar with your case, we’ll be able to give you a better estimate. After the bone heals, we anchor a replacement tooth like a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant.
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Secure, durable dental implants have changed the way we look at tooth replacement, and there’s a lot to consider when thinking about having a dental implant placed. We encourage you to contact our Summerville dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Riley.
It used to be that choices for replacing a missing tooth were limited. But today we offer a variety of tooth replacement solutions to fit every need.
Tooth Replacement in Sangaree, SC
Without a doubt, dental implants are at the top of the list of options. There are many reasons for this. Dental implants are the replacement that acts, works, and looks most like a natural tooth.
Unlike other replacement options that rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants are completely freestanding. This is possible because they are secured directly into your jaw with a small titanium replacement root. Implants are durable and have been used for decades so you know they’re safe.
A dental bridge is another option to consider if you’re just missing one or two teeth. A bridge is an artificial tooth that’s attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the empty space. Bridges solve the cosmetic problem of the missing space and can also be secured in place with a dental implant.
Partial dentures have been and continue to be an excellent option for tooth replacement. Partials are appropriate when several teeth are missing. They’re similar to full dentures but have the added advantage of clipping securely onto your natural teeth for support.
If you’re wondering which of these tooth replacement options may be appropriate for you, please contact our Summerville office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Riley to discuss your needs.
Dental Implant vs. Bridge
A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth. The dimensions of the bridge are defined by Ante's Law: "The root surface area of the abutment teeth has to equal or surpass that of the teeth being replaced with pontics."
What Does An Implant Consist of?
The materials used for the bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in the correct situation porcelain alone. A Dental Implant is a "root" device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a "root-form") and are placed within the bone. The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Dental implants will fuse with the bone and can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Individual insurance policies determine the amount of coverage for dental implant treatment, although dental benefits usually have an annual maximum of $1,000 to $1,500 per year. Since the amount of coverage is determined strictly by what is spent on the policy, there are many limitations on most plans.
How Do Dental Insurance Companies Calculate Insurance?
Dental insurance companies design plans to cover routine maintenance, emergencies, and basic care. Statistical data is used to determine the most commonly used procedures. The insurance companies determine their own “usual and customary fee” schedule for procedures, based on the cost of the plan. This also dictates the specific restrictions and limitations of each plan. Since most plans are only intended to cover basic care, the annual maximum benefit for most plans is $1,000-$1,500 per year.
Many companies exclude dental implants as a covered benefit, although they will pay for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some of the tooth extractions and diagnostic records. Even if an insurance plan includes dental implants as a covered benefit, it is still limited to the policy’s annual maximum.
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Contact Azalea Dental today to learn more about the dental insurance options available at our Summerville, SC dental office. Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family. Let's get your smile journey started!