Restore your smile with dental implants (pdf) - UnitedHealthcare

Restore your smile with dental implants (pdf) - UnitedHealthcare



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.

In brief:

• 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.

Bridge2Health is our

approach to health

care benefits. Through

Bridge2Health, we empower

our members to improve their

overall health through health

and wellness education,

information and tips.

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.

100-10716 01/12 ©2012 United HealthCare Services, Inc.

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