At Social Circle Dental, we believe education is empowering. Therefore, we do all we can to educate patients about all of their options. One of the treatments available for replacing missing teeth and surrounding tissues is dentures. We are happy to explain the types of dentures available in our office near Covington, GA.
We use partial dentures to replace one to several teeth. Partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, as well as prevent other teeth from drifting out of position. Partial dentures are created to blend naturally with the smile.
We use complete dentures to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. We take our time to ensure precise fit and ideal appearance of dentures before they are placed. Dr. Jones will make a wax-up of the dentures to ensure the patient is comfortable with them. Then, dentures are fabricated at a high quality dental laboratory.
Another option for patients is implant-supported dentures. they are fitted with special snaps. A patient can snap the denture in place, and they will not slide or fall out. Implant-supported dentures provide the most stability to denture wearers. Dr. Jones will work with an oral surgeon, who places the implants into the jawbone. After the jawbone has healed, Dr. Jones places the dentures on top of the implants.
Finding the right dentures
To determine the right type of dentures for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jones. He will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums, and review your medical history. We may take impressions of the mouth and x rays of the jawbone and soft tissues. We can use an intra-oral camera to examine conditions that may be undetected with the unassisted eye. We can then display the images on a computer screen to aid us in the discussion of a recommended treatment plan.
Go after the smile you want, and schedule your consultation by calling 770-464-1900. Rest assured you are in excellent hands with Dr. Jones, who has transformed smiles for 45 years. Patients come from adjacent states for Dr. Jones’ gentle care and conservative approach to dentistry.
If you have a gap from a congenitally missing tooth, or have lost one due to trauma or extraction, you may be considering a dental implant. This method of tooth replacement has been in use in this country since the early 1980s. It is gaining popularity because the implant restoration looks natural, feels normal in the mouth, and functions like a real tooth – plus, it can last a lifetime with good care. Many patients are concerned, though, about how dental insurance will respond to a tooth implant procedure. Social Circle dentist, Dr. Don Jones, shares these important points.
The insurance landscape is changing
Every insurance plan is different, and coverages and conditions can change at any time, with appropriate notice to participants. However, at this time, dental insurance plans generally apply the following logic to dental implants. First, because other options for tooth replacement are available, getting a dental implant is considered “elective.” Second, elective procedures are not covered if a less costly alternative is available. So, dental insurance typically pays a limited amount – roughly the “usual and customary fee” for a partial denture or bridge – toward the cost of a dental implant. There may also be some coverage for diagnostic tests and tooth extraction, and medical insurance could cover bone grafts if necessary. As dental implants become more common, some premium insurance plans are covering the cost of the procedure.
In you participate in an FSA (flexible spending account), where you set aside pre-tax dollars for medical expenses, you are in luck. Because a dental implant is not considered purely cosmetic in nature, the procedure is an eligible expense – the oral surgery, placement of the post, and the crown restoration.
Not your only option
It is important to know that a dental implant is not your only choice to restore your smile and oral function. Dr. Jones will be happy to talk with you about the possibility of a dental bridge or a partial denture. Regardless of insurance status, these alternatives make sense for many patients.
Here to help
Dr. Jones and his team at Social Circle Dental want you to have the dental care you need and the attractive smile you deserve. They will obtain an estimate of what your insurance plan will pay for a dental implant or other procedure, and provide assistance in filing the insurance claim. In addition, Social Circle Dental accepts payment by major credit card, and financing through CareCredit.
If you are considering a tooth implant procedure, call Social Circle Dental at 770-464-1900. Dr. Jones is passionate about helping patients make informed decisions to get the dental healthcare they need.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.