What are dental implants?
Dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth can be replaced. Dental implants provide a way to restore teeth back to the function and appearance of natural teeth. There are various ways dental implants can be utilized, from replacing a single missing tooth to multiple teeth to an entirely edentulous mouth. OC Oral Surgery in Mission Viejo, CA, uses the latest surgical techniques, including the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, to minimize bone grafting and healing time.
Our surgical specialists are experts in the placement of dental implants and provide any additional surgical procedures that may be necessary to receive implants, including bone grafting. Drs. Ahn and Girard work closely with your dentist to provide you with the best care possible.
As specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, our doctors have extensive experience in the most complicated types of dental implant cases. Our practice employs the latest technologies and surgical techniques to provide optimal dental implant surgical results.
Additionally, OC Oral Surgery only utilizes dental implants made by well-known industry leaders that have an extensive research background and proven results to back up their product. They all provide manufacturer warranties on their dental implants.
The Dental Implant Surgeon
Dr. Ahn is a surgical specialist with extensive experience in all aspects of dental implant surgery including dental implant placement, bone grafting, and soft tissue grafting. He has spent numerous years, well beyond dental school, in residency and private practice to gain his clinical and surgical expertise. He also actively pursues further continuing education on the latest techniques and technologies. He also is a continuing education provider and lectures on the topic of dental implants.
With his extensive experience, he has successfully treated the most complex of dental implant patients. It is always important that you fully understand your dental implant surgeon’s level of experience and training when selecting a practitioner for your dental implant procedure.
“Bargain” Dental Implants?
As a prospective dental implant patient, you will see advertisements for “bargain” dental implant treatments. While cost is an issue for most people, it should never be the primary consideration. You have to remember that a dental implant is a surgically placed medical device that is implanted in your body. You may be tempted by the “bargain” fees, but there are several things you have to take into consideration.
Many of the low-cost clinics place dental implants that cost significantly less and have no long-term research or clinical studies behind them. Although the costs of the well-researched dental implant systems are much higher, we only utilize these dental implant systems to ensure our patients receive the best treatment possible. As a patient, you want to make sure that years from now the dental implant system you have in your mouth is still viable should you need to replace any of your components.
These “bargain” clinics also advertise very low prices, but there are various ways they will add procedures and fees to your treatment, which will significantly increase the cost of what was advertised. It is always recommended to get a thorough evaluation and treatment estimate that you fully understand before proceeding.
We stand behind all our treatment options and will be very clear and precise regarding your treatment recommendation and fees.
Medicare, Dental Insurance, Financing, and Dental Implants
Medicare and medical insurances generally do not cover dental implants in their benefits unless the procedure is considered medically necessary — and they are very strict about how they define a medically necessary procedure. If you experienced tooth loss due to trauma, tumor removal, or certain medical conditions, Medicare or your medical insurance carrier might cover your dental implants.
Although Medicare and medical insurances do not cover the dental implants, there are additional diagnostic and surgical procedures that are necessary for the placement of dental implants that they may cover. These include consultation fees, 3D CT scans, surgical guides, and bone grafting.
We are one of the rare oral and maxillofacial surgery practices in the Orange County area that work with Medicare. If your insurance carrier provides coverage for portions of your procedures related to your dental implant, you might save significant costs!
In addition, your dental insurance provider might cover dental implant placement, dental implant crowns, and procedures related to dental implants. We will work with your insurance plan to maximize your benefits. If you do not have Medicaid or insurance coverage, we also work with healthcare financing companies to create an affordable monthly payment plan so that you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants today.
Contact us to learn more about your financing options and to schedule a consultation.
Where can I get dental implants in Mission Viejo, CA?
The doctors and surgical staff of OC Oral Surgery maintain a state-of-the-art oral surgery facility in Mission Viejo, CA, offering a multitude of services to meet your oral and facial needs. Drs. Ahn and Girard are available to schedule your dental implant procedure at your convenience and serve all of Orange County.