If you’re thinking about dental implants, but you’re worried about whether or not your dental insurance will cover their cost, you’ve probably asked yourself this question. Are dental implants considered cosmetic? Read on, and learn the answer to this question.
Most Types Of Dental Implants Are Considered Cosmetic Dental Work
This may be surprising to you. After all, it may seem that dental implants are much different from teeth whitening, and other purely cosmetic dental procedures. And they are! Dental implants are the best way to restore your teeth after gum disease or tooth decay causes you to lose a tooth.
But unlike some other treatments like dental crowns, or a bone graft, having a tooth implanted is usually not considered a “restorative” or “essential” treatment. It is seen as an elective procedure – similar to cosmetic dental work like veneers.
Therefore, most insurance companies who offer dental care coverage do not completely cover dental implants. They are seen as “inessential”.
Why Are Dental Implants Considered “Cosmetic Dentistry”?
It’s simple – because the dental implant cost is much higher than a comparable procedure, such as dentures. Dental insurance companies are almost always going to do what can make them the highest profit, and that means it’s beneficial for them to exclude any expensive dental procedure.
This allows dental insurers to get away with not completely covering dental implants. They are seen as “elective” because dentures and bridges do the “same thing” – they replace a missing tooth. And because these alternative procedures do the same thing at a much lower cost, dental insurers are allowed to exclude coverage for dental implants.
That means they are usually considered “cosmetic and elective” procedures that are not essential for your health.
Dental Implants Do Have Cosmetic Benefits
Despite the fact that they are technically a dental prosthesis, and used in restorative dentistry, dental implants do have a number of cosmetic benefits that often makes them a better choice for a more attractive smile – compared to dental bridges or dentures.
Dental implants look very natural. They contain porcelain, which allows them to mimic the shape, size, and color of a natural tooth. This porcelain is very durable and long-lasting, and is stain-resistant.
In addition, dental implants feel more natural in the mouth, compared to alternative methods of restoring missing teeth, like dentures
Dental implants also encourage the health of jaw structure, which can prevent bone loss. Bone loss can cause a change in the bite, or in how the teeth fit together.
Interested In Dental Implants? Come To Central Periodontics Today!
At Central Periodontics, we’re an ideal choice if you’re looking for a dental implant. While most implants are considered “cosmetic”, and may not be covered by insurance, they are worth the price.
A dental implant is simply the best way to restore one or more missing teeth. Our specialist dentists are experts at implant dentistry, and we offer the best results.
*Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.