What you should know
Restore your smile
with dental implants
It’s unpleasant to have missing teeth. A gap in your smile
can make you self-conscious and affect the way your jaw
closes. It’s harder to chew, and food can get caught in the
empty spaces, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum
disease. In addition, when a tooth is lost, the supporting jaw
bone begins to break down. Over time, your other teeth can
tilt into the empty space, creating bite problems.
Dentists often replace missing teeth with dentures or bridge
replacements. But now there’s a more effective option: dental
implants. 1 Dental implants are replacement teeth with the
same look and feel as your natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a small, sturdy artificial tooth root,
made of a material such as titanium. The implant, which
acts like a natural tooth root, is placed in your jaw bone.
After the bone grows around the implant, it can hold a
crown, bridge or over‐denture.
If you lose a tooth, it’s important to replace it as soon as
possible to avoid changes in your bite. Once installed,
implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They
require the same care as natural teeth, including brushing,
flossing and regular dental checkups.
• Dental implants are
replacement teeth that look
and feel like natural teeth
• Dental implants feel
comfortable and secure
because they actually fuse
to your jaw bone
• Most adults are good
candidates for dental
implants as long as they
have healthy gums and
adequate bone structure
Who can get a dental implant?
Dental implants are ideal for people with good oral health
who have lost one or more teeth due to an injury or gum
disease. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy
gums and adequate bone to support the implant. They must
also be committed to taking good care of the implanted
teeth and surrounding gums. Dental implants are not
recommended for smokers, those with gum disease and
people with uncontrolled chronic diseases.
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If you need to have a tooth replaced, check with your dentist
to see if a dental implant is right for you. Implants offer
a high level of stability, comfort and sense of freedom for
those who have missing teeth — giving you something to
truly smile about.
The information provided is for educational purposes only. If you have a UnitedHealthcare Dental plan, please refer to your certificate of coverage
for a full description of benefits.
Dental implants are not covered by all plans. To verify coverage, check your plan document or call the Customer Care number on the back of your
member ID card.
UnitedHealthcare Dental® coverage underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, located in Hartford, Connecticut, or its affiliates.
Administrative services provided by Dental Benefit Providers, Inc., Dental Benefit Administrative Services (CA only), United HealthCare Services,
Inc. or their affiliates. Plans sold in Texas use policy form number DPOLO6. TX and associated COC form number DCO.CER.06. Benefits for the
UnitedHealthcare Dental® DHMO plans are provided by or through the following UnitedHealth Group companies: Dental Benefit Providers, Inc.,
its subsidiaries or affiliates, including Nevada Pacific Dental, National Pacific Dental, Inc. and Dental Benefit Providers of Illinois, Inc. The New
York Select Managed Care Plan is underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York located in Islandia, New York. Administrative
services provided by Dental Benefit Providers, Inc. The Select DHMO plan is underwritten by Dominion Dental Services, Inc. Dominion is licensed
as a Limited Health Care Services HMO in Virginia, Pennsylvania and a Dental Plan Organization in Maryland and Delaware.
UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company; National Pacific Dental in TX; Nevada Pacific Dental in NV, Dental Benefit Providers of Illinois in IL,
IN (MD & FL); Dental Benefit Providers of California, Inc. in CA; UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York; DHMO – Dominion
Dental Services, Inc.
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