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Dental Implants Covered by Insurance | Palm Springs | Rancho MirageDental implants are the most effective restorative treatment available in dentistry to replace missing teeth. Dental implant procedure is usually costlier than other teeth replacement solutions, but in the long run it proves to be a healthier, more cost-effective and sustainable treatment option.

Many patients want to know at the outset whether the dental implant procedure would be covered by insurance. The staff at the dental office will offer any possible guidance and assistance in this matter. Leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain will discuss all aspects of dental implants and their potential costs with the patient. Dr. Strain provides implants to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and other locations.

 

Insurance Aspect

Dental implant insurance coverage may be possible under the patient’s dental plan depending on the terms of the insurance plan and/or the cause of the missing tooth. The patient should discuss the insurance aspect with the insurance provider well in time so that they are in a better position to make an informed decision. Any questions in this regard from the dental office should also be cleared preferably at the first appointment.

 

Coverage of Specific Implant Procedures

A dental implant usually involves five separate procedures, and the insurer may cover each one differently. To replace a failing tooth, the following procedures are typically involved:

  • Tooth extraction
  • Grafting of the bone
  • Placing dental implant into the bone
  • Placing the abutment
  • Placing the crown to complete the tooth structure

 

Each of these procedures has a different insurance code, and will be covered differently. Some procedures are covered under “BASIC” coverage, while others are covered under “MAJOR.” Some procedures may not be covered at all.

All of this will depend on the patient’s dental plan and coverage offered by the insurance provider. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for dental implants.

 

Tooth Extraction

This procedure is typically placed under BASIC dental services by most dental insurance plans. Almost every plan will cover this cost relatively well. The coverage will usually be about 60 to 80 percent of the total cost of extraction.

 

Bone Graft

Bone grafting may be necessary to preserve the bone for the dental implant. However, a majority of dental insurance plans may not offer coverage for this procedure when it is performed in conjunction with the implant procedure.

 

Implant Placement

This procedure involves placement of the actual implant into the bone. The bone fuses with the implant over a period of a few months. Some of the dental insurance providers will cover at least 50 percent of the cost of implants under MAJOR, but most will not.

 

Abutment Retained Crown

Some dental insurers may not cover any prosthetic procedure related with dental implants, while others may cover it just the same as they would do for crowns on natural teeth. If covered, it would be paid typically at 50 percent under MAJOR. In absence of insurance, patients may consider various financing options to pay for the procedure in easy installments.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

Oral Sedation Dentistry | What to Let Your Dentist Know | Palm SpringsSedation dentistry has been one of the important developments that have made it easier for patients to receive a variety of lengthy or complex dental procedures. Oral sedation involves a relatively milder approach to enable to the patient to relax both in mind and body. Patients are able to focus on feeling peaceful rather than remaining anxious about the treatment.

A cosmetic dentist with experience in oral sedation will use the most appropriate and safest prescription medications to optimize the patient’s needs. During the initial consultation, the dentist will seek relevant information from the patient to decide the right approach to oral sedation. Study Dentistry is a premier dental office led by Dr. Rob Strain, which provides oral sedation services to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations.

 

Need for Information

To adopt the safest and optimal approach to oral sedation dentistry, the dentist should have a clear idea about the patient’s medical health and history. Patients should feel frank and confident to share all relevant information with the dentist for their own benefit. Based on the information, the cosmetic dentist will be able minimize or avoid the risk of adverse reactions.

An experienced dentist will place the patient’s safety as the topmost priority, and will like to have details of their full medical history. If the patient has any doubts or concerns, they should feel free to voice them. A free and frank sharing of information is also an important step in developing a rapport and trust with the dentist, which will go a long way in relieving the patient’s anxiety.

 

Sharing Relevant Information

The patient should share their complete medical history, including the following:

  • Any medical condition that the patient is currently suffering from or receiving ongoing treatment for such a condition.
  • All medications and other therapies that may have been prescribed by the doctor to address the existing medical condition.
  • Any over the counter medications, including pain relievers and aspirin, vitamin supplements, herbal supplements and other pharmacy remedies that the patient may be using regularly or occasionally.
  • Any natural remedies to seek relief from the symptoms of anxiety and depression, such as Kava Kava or St. John’s Wort. These may have mild interactions with oral sedatives, therefore the dentist must know about them in advance.
  • Any known allergies to certain types of medications.
  • Any ongoing or recent history of tobacco and alcohol. The dentist should particularly know about the history of smoking because tobacco can adversely impact the effectiveness of certain oral medications.

Sometimes the dentist may also like to know about certain foods that the patient may be consuming. For instance, something as seemingly harmless as grapefruit juice can interfere with the system that metabolizes certain oral sedation medications in the body.

Therefore, such foods will have to be avoided for at least 72 hours before and after an oral sedation procedure at the dental office. Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for oral sedation procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

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