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Senior Dental Care | What You Should Know

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Like other aspects of our health, our teeth and gums become increasingly vulnerable to a range of conditions as we get older. But all hope is certainly not lost. Simply being aware of the risks, and taking the appropriate steps to minimize those risks, could help you maintain that gorgeous smile long into your golden years.

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The Cost of Dental Implants Broken Down

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Dental implants are really popular, and for good reason. Not only do they look and function just like real teeth but they’re also designed to last a long time too. So if you have a tooth that is beyond repair or you lost a tooth in an accident, your dentist might recommend getting an implant to restore your beautiful smile.

But, wait, how much is a dental implant going to cost you? After all, this is a pretty intensive procedure that takes time and a skilled expert to get the job done right. To help answer this common question, we’ve broken down the cost of dental implants below to give you an idea of what you can expect when you take the plunge.

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How to Prepare For Your First Dental Implant Procedure

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Your dentist might suggest a dental implant when he or she is unable to salvage one of your teeth. Rather than being left with a missing tooth, a dental implant can be used, as it will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. It’s no wonder that this is such a popular dental procedure!

If you’ve opted to get a dental implant, knowing what to expect will help you move through this new experience with confidence and ease. So check out the information below on how you can prepare.


The Evaluation

When getting a dental implant, you might be required to sit through more than one surgical procedure, so you may not be able to get it all done in one day. Before getting started, your dentist will thoroughly evaluate you to determine exactly what steps should be taken. He or she will likely perform a complete exam, and then a treatment plan will be designed specifically for you, taking into account things like the health of your jawbone and the number of teeth that are going to be replaced with implants.

Throughout this process, you might end up meeting with a few different dental specialists, such as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a periodontist. Any evaluation or consultation is a perfect time to ask questions, as well as talk about medications that you take and any medical conditions that you’re currently dealing with. Whether you take supplements, over-the-counter medications, or prescriptions, share this information with your provider so that he or she can make the appropriate decisions for your care to avoid complications.

This may seem like a lot, but don’t worry, as it will all be worth it in the end when you have that beautiful, complete smile again!

The Payment Options

Because dental implant procedures may require multiple trips to your dentist, and because they are so involved, the cost could be quite high. This is why it is a great idea to discuss payment options with your dentist in advance so you will know what to expect.

If you don’t want to pay for everything out-of-pocket, look into dental insurance. Providers like  Spirit can help cover the costs of dental implants and other major services*. That should definitely put your mind at ease!

The Big Day

Once you have been evaluated and your dentist has set you up with an appointment for your dental implant, it’s time to do some prep work at home the night before the procedure and the day of the procedure.

  • You may be required to fast before your appointment, depending upon the sedation that will be used. Also, make plans to have someone drive you to your appointment and take you home. And if your dentist has prescribed any medications to take prior to the procedure, such as antibiotics, follow his or her instructions regarding when to take the medicine.
  • It’s a good idea to prepare some soft foods in advance so you won’t have to worry about making yourself food after your procedure. Foods like soups, smoothies, and pastas are great choices, as your mouth will be sensitive and these are easy to prepare and store ahead of time.  
  • It might be tough, but getting plenty of sleep the night before your appointment will help your body be ready for the procedure, as well as the recovery that will follow. Then, on the day of the procedure, wear comfortable clothing, take any oral sedatives that were prescribed, and do your best to relax. You’re in good hands!

It’s recommended that you plan to take at least three days following your implant procedure to just take care of yourself. Get loads of rest and follow your dentist’s instructions to allow healing to occur. Go ahead and take a few days off from school or work; you deserve it!

Enjoy the Results!

Once your dental implant procedure is complete and you’re all healed, you should find that your new tooth feels comfortable and functions just like your other teeth. You’ll be ready to smile bright again, and you’ll have a full set of chompers that you can use to indulge in all of your favorite foods!  

*Missing teeth prior to coverage are not eligible. Please review plan details prior to purchase.

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Oral Care For Those With Dentures

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After caring for your natural teeth for so many years, you might be confused about how to approach denture care. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone, and caring for dentures isn’t all that difficult either.

Whether you have partial dentures or full dentures, your oral care routine needs to change in order to ensure the health of your entire mouth. So check out the tips below if you’re interested in learning more about oral care for those with dentures.

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Comparing the Cost of Implants to Fixed Bridgework

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Losing a tooth in an accident or to decay can definitely be traumatizing. Thankfully, your dentist has the tools necessary to restore your smile, as well as prevent other oral problems that could result from missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost just a single tooth or several teeth, you can choose to have dental implants set in place or you can go for fixed bridgework.

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How To Afford Dental Implants

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When hearing the words, “you need implants,” the dollar signs and panic can start to consume your thoughts. Your brain starts automatically rattling off things like, “how am I going to be able to afford this?” “How time-consuming will this be?” “Is it necessary?” After all, your dentist has recommended the procedure, so here we are. The next step to take is figuring out costs and how to make it all work.

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