I have been using partial dentures, but they make me gag a little. Plus, eating isn’t the same. I think I need dental implants. Because of these problems, will I be able to get my medical insurance to cover it?
Francis- Dallas, TX
You’ve brought up some of the common problems with dentures– they are uncomfortable and you immediately lose about 50% of your chewing capacity. Dental implants are a great solution. They look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. The most important benefit, however, is they protect you from facial collapse.
Unfortunately, there is little chance that your medical insurance will cover the implants. Most medical insurance plans have specific exclusions for any kind of dental work. You didn’t mention if you had dental insurance. You may be able to get your dental insurance to cover part of the implants. It won’t eat all your cost, but any little bit helps.
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