What’s The Best Option For Adult Tooth Replacement?

Our teeth are very strong but not damage proof. Over time our teeth can take serious damage from injury, age, or our dental care. When a tooth falls out or needs to be extracted it is important to think of replacement options. Teeth should be replaced not only to improve your smile but also to prevent issues with your bite alignment. Learn more in this article about tooth replacement, or contact us for restorative dental care in Revere Massachusetts. 

Pros & Cons of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are one of the most popular solutions for a lost tooth or lost teeth. They are a non-surgical treatment that require less recovery and less time spent at the dentist to have them installed. A false tooth is connected to the surrounding tooth or teeth via a dental crown. This is a completely non-surgical process that is similar to getting traditional dental crowns. 

There are some drawbacks to dental crowns. They may need to be replaced after 5-7 years, and how you care for your teeth may decrease how long they last. If you aren’t brushing and flossing a dental bridge may need to be replaced sooner. Dental bridges can also raise risks of dental decay for the surrounding teeth. Like with a filling or crown, a dental bridge creates an area where the natural tooth meets the dental component. That line can be a place that bacteria can get stuck and grow and lead to decay if you don’t brush and floss frequently. 

Pros & Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants’ primary benefits are their longevity and how they function. Implants tend to last longer than dental bridges especially when they are cared for properly. Additionally they fully mimic the way your mouth naturally works by replacing not just the crown but also the tooth root. This can help preserve the structure of your face. However there are some drawbacks. 

The main drawback of dental implants is the availability. There are three different factors that make it difficult to get dental implants. First and foremost, not every dental office provides them. Because dental implants need to be surgically implanted, it is necessary to find a dentist that provides dental surgeries. Second, they are more expensive because of the type of procedures that are necessary. Third, they aren’t always covered by insurance. Many dental insurance companies provide coverage for dental bridges but not for dental implants. This can make getting dental implants a no-go for a lot of patients. 

Are Bridges and Implants Covered By Dental Insurance?

That depends on your dental insurance plan. Different plans provide very different coverage. Some plans specifically cover some procedures and not others. Even so, many dental plans do not provide full coverage for restorative services like adult tooth replacement. There might a deductible that has to be paid out first and/or a copay. It is important to go over your insurance with your provider or with a dentist to understand your benefits fully. That said, insurance shouldn’t stop you from getting the dental service you need. Many dental providers have alternative payment options including financing and payment plans that can help people pay for dental treatments over time. Tooth replacements like implants or bridges are solutions that exist to help you for years, so it can be helpful to get a payment plan that allows you to pay for this important procedure over time. 

Tooth Replacement Dentistry in Revere Massachusetts

If you live in the Revere Massachusetts area and are interested in tooth replacement options, please contact us. We’d be happy to discuss dental options including dental bridges with you. We can also cover any questions you have about insurance, financing, or other payment options for your restorative dental services. 

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