Should I get Tenessee dental implants?

January 2nd, 2013

Tennessee Periodontist

If you live in Tennessee and have missing or unattractive teeth, you may be considering dental implants. Dental implants can improve the general appearance of your teeth, make it easier to eat and improve your oral health. Dental implants have a high success rate with proper care.

If you have certain health conditions, it may decrease the likelihood that a dental implant will fuse to your bone. If you are a heavy smoker or tobacco chewer, have a history of gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, heart disease you may not be able to maintain a dental implant. You must also be committed to exceptional oral hygiene and attending regular dental visits in order to maintain implants. It is important that you talk to your oral surgeon or periodontist about your health history and these conditions to determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.

Cost is always an important factor to consider with any Tennessee dental procedure. reports the average spent for a single implant is $2,488 and can cost significantly more if additional procedures such as extractions or grafts are required. Abutments, crowns, bridges or dentures can also exponentially raise this price. Significant discounts may be available through your local dental school if you are willing to have students perform the operation. Dental insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of dental implants. Occasionally, medical insurance will cover a portion of a dental implant, depending of the cause of the lost tooth.

You should discuss specifics with your insurance provider and your Tennessee Periodontist at Carter Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.