What If My Dental Insurance Doesn’t Cover Implants?

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For years, the dental industry has been advocating implants as the preferable tooth restoration option in most circumstances.

But many dental insurance companies don’t cover implants. The dental insurance industry seems to be stuck in 1970. For example, many insurers will cover dental bridges.

Clearly, dental insurance companies rarely make coverage decisions based on what is best for the patient.

However, you shouldn’t give up on implant placements if your dental insurance company doesn’t cover them. You may be able to get coverage for part of the procedure. Or your medical insurance may cover part of the treatment plan.

What to do if your dental insurance company doesn’t cover dental implant procedures

  • Have your implant dentist provide a detailed implant treatment plan in writing
  • Armed with your treatment plan, talk to both your dental insurer and your medical insurance provider
  • Ask your dental insurance provider if they will give you an allowance equal to the cost of a bridge or standard dentures
  • Ask your dental insurance provider if they will cover the cost of the crown(s)
  • If your tooth loss has medical complications, your health insurance provider might cover some components of the implant treatment
  • Consider switching dental insurers–if your employer offers more than one dental option, contact the other provider(s) to find out if they cover implants
  • Pay for dental implant procedures instead of premiums: consider not renewing your dental insurance and use the money saved toward the cost of implants
  • Look into dental implant-specific insurance–some organizations are filling a need in the industry by offering dental insurance developed specifically for tooth implants and related treatments
  • Ask Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry about financing and payment options

Dental implants are a wise investment in your health and quality of life. If you need implants but your insurance doesn’t cover them, talk with us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Stick Out Your Tongue!

San Diego oral cancer exams Dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s consider the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the critical things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical ailments. This may include digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Jeff Gray performs oral exams, the tongue is always looked at for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.https://www.dentalimplants-sandiego.com/blog/

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism

White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency

Canker sores: may be connected to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try cutting out products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. We have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands. (Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has no affiliation with any of these companies.)

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many individuals ask about tongue-scraping. We recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to talk about any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact us at 619-717-8560.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Look And Feel Better With Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable La Mesa Cosmetic DentistryCosmetic dentistry can not only enhance your smile, it can improve the health of your teeth and make your face more attractive and younger-looking. Moreover, it can help with TMJ issues, and it definitely elevates your self-esteem!

What’s more, cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly rapid and virtually pain-free. Why? Because of industry-leading dental technology and new oral sedation options.

If you have teeth that are decayed or otherwise damaged, there are several remedies. Porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, and veneers are some of the effective procedures available. What if a tooth is missing entirely? A dental implant is a complete restoration; including a new root!

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Jeff Gray performs dental miracles everyday. Regardless of the number of teeth affected, Dr. Gray re-designs smiles and corrects problems by skillfully performing cosmetic dental services.

Orthodontics are often the answer for misaligned teeth. Even if you have suffered with crooked teeth for years, a short time enduring braces will be well worth it.

Perhaps all of this sounds too good to be true. If you are a skeptic, schedule a no-pressure smile redesign consultation today and find out for yourself. Jeff Gray will explain how your teeth can be transformed and you can see before and after photos.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? Severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Regular check-ups with your dentist are vital, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Detached gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry treats all forms of gum disease. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in:


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Have You Lost Teeth To Gum Disease?

Contact us at 619-717-8560 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you.

During your consultation, you can speak with Dr. Gray about tooth restoration with dental implants.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

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What is the Best Replacement for a Missing Tooth?

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Hands Down, the Best Tooth Replacement Option

Permanent dental implants are the optimal tooth replacement available to men and women who are missing teeth.

Are you too old for an implant?

Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proven to be successful for people of all ages. They have a succesful track record of several decades.

A permanent dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) post anchored into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post.

Titanium is Strong and Biocompatible

Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection.

An Implant Can Last The Rest of Your Life

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.

Are you an appropriate candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. Gray can determine if you do.

Talk to an Implant Dentist About Medical Issues

There are a few health concerns that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you.

Discuss any health concerns with Dr. Gray during your dental implant consultation.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Hate Your Dentures?

San Diego dental implants and implant dentures Perhaps you have heard or seen the dental industry’s advertising about dental implants. Many La Mesa dentists claim that dental implant dentures can change your life. Does this sound like hyperbole? Exaggeration?

Let’s examine the facts about dental implant-anchored dentures:

Chewing: An oral implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. How essential is chewing? Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?

Fit: Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Implant denture wearers who exercise regularly especially welcome this benefit.

Appearance: Is your smile nice? Can you smile confidently? How many denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.

Bone health: When teeth are removed, bone recession can occur over time. Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse factors present, your jaw bone should remain strong and vital, just as if the initial tooth root were there.

Now, denture wearers have an amazing new tooth replacement option.

If you hate your dentures, we invite you to schedule a consultation about dental implant procedures. We can discuss all the particulars including procedure specifics, healing time, and dental implant cost. Then you can decide for yourself if implant dentures will, as promised, change your life.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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What is the recovery time for a permanent dental implant procedure?

There isn’t a standard timeline because there are many variables involved.

Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.

Here are some variables that affect the recovery time for a dental implant procedure.

  1. Is a tooth extraction needed?
  2. Will I need to have a bone graft (and/or sinus lift) before getting the implant?
  3. Will I receive anesthesia during the procedure?

Tooth extraction

If you need a non-viable tooth pulled, it may be possible to receive a dental implant on the same day. As long as you have enough strong, healthy jawbone in which to anchor the implant.

Bone graft

As soon as a tooth is extracted, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration.

If teeth at the implant site have been gone for a while, the bone may have regressed. Bone can also be weakened or destroyed with a severe infection.

A key decision is whether an implant patient needs bone augmentation.

In a bone grafting procedure, an oral surgeon or dentist packs bone material into the area where the implant will be placed.

If the implant will be placed in the upper arch, you may need a sinus lift treatment. When bone matter decreases in parts of the upper jaw, it may cause the floor of the sinus cavity to fall into the space created.

A sinus lift procedure is done in conjunction with a bone graft. The goal is to raise the floor of the sinus cavity to make room for the additional bone material.

After the bone graft, you need to wait until the new bone has integrated with the existing bone. This will create a stable foundation for the implant.

Recovery after a bone graft procedure

Day of procedure: Though bone grafting requires oral surgery, don’t let the term “surgery” give the impression that it has a long recovery time. The site will be sore, but most patients can take care of it with Ibuprofen or aspirin.

It doesn’t take much longer than filling a cavity. Most patients can return to work the next day.

If swelling or pain increases a few days after the procedure, contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

After a bone graft, how long until I can get my implant?

The fusing process can take several months. You don’t want to rush this because successful implantation requires a sturdy foundation.

Recovery after implant placement

Just as with the bone graft procedure, the implant placement procedure can be completed in less than two hours. If you elect to have IV sedation, however, you will need to wait until the effects of the sedation have worn off.

You will probably experience the following post-procedure:

  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Swelling and/or bruising of the gums and cheeks

These effects should subside after a few days. Ice packs used on the outside of the face can reduce swelling. Call our office if these symptoms persist.

NOTE: It is not necessary for a tooth implant recipient to be unconscious for the dental procedure. A local painkiller is usually sufficient. However, men and women with dental anxiety may elect stronger sedation.

Healing abutment

Your dentist may affix a temporary healing abutment to the post during the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes described as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’

Make sure you practice proper oral hygiene but be extra careful when cleaning around the surgical site.

It’s essential to follow all post-procedure instructions. And be sure to make the recommended follow-up visits.

Smoking can make it harder to heal from any type of oral surgery.

After a permanent tooth implant has had time to fuse with the bone, you will have an appointment to attach the abutment.

Attaching the abutment

This is a fairly easy service. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant location to expose the post. Then the abutment is attached. Your dentist may place the prosthesis (artificial tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture) at the same time. Or your dentist may wait until your gums have healed.

Dental implants can give you a beautiful new smile. To keep it beautiful and avoid further troubles (like decay or an infection):

  • Practice proper oral hygiene—keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Don’t chew on hard foods or other items
  • If you grind your teeth, seek treatment.
  • Have a biannual dental exam and cleaning

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we restore missing teeth with dental implant procedures. The tooth implant procedure studies have found a five-year success rate of 98%.

 

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Are La Mesa Dental Implants Worth It? Are dental implants worth the price? Absolutely!

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.

The actual dental implant material is usually titanium. A post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is essential because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that generally occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has integrated securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. Same-day implants are available for some patients that fit the criteria. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray about your situation.

The state-of-the-art dental implants available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Denture wearers should know that tooth implants can also function as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.

When considering the cost of dental implants, it’s critical to compare them to other restorative options such as a dental bridge.

Call 619-717-8560 to schedule a visit to discuss your dental goals and the possibility of affordable dental implants.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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5 Ways To Restore A Tooth

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There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the fortunate owner of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most La Mesa residents, you will need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures offered at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to repair chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies the pliable composite resin and molds it to the exact shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.

2. A Porcelain Veneer

These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)

A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab, they are ordinarily called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are generally smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, you can replace them with white fillings.

4. A Dental Crown

A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Dental crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all resin.

5. Dental Implants

A tooth implant is often a great restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It restores the entire tooth—both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more information about any of these procedures, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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The Wow Factor

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Hello to our valued Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients! If you haven’t stopped by our blog in a while, we welcome you. It has been a great month at our La Mesa dental implant practice.

We continue to achieve fantastic results with our precision smile makeovers using dental implants. If you would like a perfect smile, call us at 619-717-8560 today to schedule a smile design consultation.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry dental implant patients have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a remarkable smile. “Wow! That was fast! Wow! That was painless. Wow! My smile is amazing!”

There are few physical features (okay, maybe your hair) that can be transformed as quickly as your smile. Consider how long it takes to tighten your abs or lose weight.

If you have never seen photos of some of our smile transformation patients, you are probably not aware of how dramatic the results can be. There is virtually no dental issue that can’t be improved with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Do you want to look younger, more attractive, and more confident? Consider an expert cosmetic dental smile makeover from one of the top dental implant dentists in California.

We love to see you smile. -Jeff Gray, DDS

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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