A dental implant is a titanium “screw” that replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. It is the closest thing to behaving like a natural tooth other than a patient’s natural tooth. In cases where there is not enough bone to support the implant, a bone replacement graft (cow bone or sterilized cadaver bone) is used to supplement the patient’s bone and build new bone. We have a 3D x-ray machine in our office (CBCT) which is often used to determine whether enough bone exists for implant placement. Once the implant has been placed, bone heals around the threads of the “screw” and locks it into position. At that point, an abutment (similar to the “crown-prepped” portion of a tooth) can be attached to the implant, followed by a crown. The implant and implant supported crown can then be cleaned just like a natural tooth.
Insurances and Payment Types Accepted
At Dr. Dan and Dr. Alexis’ Office we accept most traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) dental insurance plans. To verify acceptance of your specific plan, please contact our office at (661) 481-0884. Unfortunately, our office does not participate in Health Management Organizations (HMOs). As a courtesy to you, our patient, we will happily file PPO dental insurance claims for reimbursement on your behalf. We also accept payment via check, cash or credit cards and offer flexible payment plans and no interest financing through Care Credit. Additionally, many of our patients without insurance are taking advantage of our Dental Health Commitment Plan. Please feel free to contact our office for additional details. We would be thrilled to assist you!