Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance? By Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky on February 20, 2023

woman with beautiful teeth smiling and holding a phone to her earTooth loss can impact daily life, making it painful to eat and embarrassing to smile. Dental implants replace missing teeth, providing restored dental function that looks and feels natural. 

When considering dental implant treatment, many patients ask Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky “are dental implants covered by insurance?” at his EdmontonAB, practice. The answer isn’t a simple yes or no but depends on several factors. Let’s take a closer look at these factors and what patients might expect when it comes to insurance and dental implants. 

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone that act as artificial tooth roots. Different types of restorations, including dental crowns and implant-supported dentures, may be attached to dental implants to restore one or more missing teeth. 

In some cases, a bone graft will need to be performed before dental implant treatment so that there will be a sufficient amount of jawbone to support the implant. 

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Whether dental insurance covers dental implants largely depends on your insurance plan. Some insurance plans will cover a portion of dental implant treatment, such as the dental crown restoration commonly paired with an implant. 

While some insurance policies will cover some of the costs of dental implant treatment, many insurance plans consider dental implants a cosmetic procedure and won’t cover treatment. 

In addition, some insurance companies won’t cover dental implants since there are alternative, less expensive options for replacing missing teeth, such as partial dentures and dental bridges. 

Medical Insurance Might Help

Although dental implants are a dental procedure, sometimes medical insurance will cover some costs of treatment and may be an option when dental insurance doesn’t help. Whether dental implants are covered and how much insurance will cover depends on the details of your medical insurance. 

With this in mind, medical insurance may help cover the costs of dental implants when tooth loss is caused by:

  • A medical condition
  • An injury from an unexpected accident
  • Congenital condition causing tooth loss

The Benefits of Dental Implants Outweigh the Costs

Even if dental insurance doesn’t cover some or all of the costs of dental implant treatment, it’s still worth considering for treating tooth loss. 

Dental implants provide our Edmonton patients the most natural feeling and looking option in replacing missing teeth, making it possible for patients to enjoy all of their favorite foods without fear of their dental restorations slipping or sliding. 

Not only do dental implants make it easier to eat, they can improve oral health, boost confidence, and they’re as easy to care for as your natural teeth. 

Dental implants are also intended as a permanent solution for tooth loss with many dental implants lasting 40 years or more. When you consider how long dental implants can last, it’s clear that the benefits outweigh the costs. 

Schedule an Appointment

A beautiful, healthy smile is just an appointment away. For more information about dental implants or treatments for any other dental needs, call our Edmonton practice at (780) 428-6846 to schedule a consultation.

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