Which procedures fall under the scope of cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry involves procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile. A few of the most common cosmetic procedures include:
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening procedures
These procedures can close unsightly gaps, remove discolorations, and replace missing teeth. Dr. Dost can also correct overbites and misalignments, improving your bite pattern and making it easier for you to chew and speak.
What are the main differences between restorative and cosmetic dentistry?
The main difference between restorative procedures and cosmetic dentistry is when they are used and what they can accomplish. Restorative dentistry often involves repairing damage caused by a severe illness or injury to the face or structure of the mouth. Restorative dentistry can also include surgical procedures that involve tissue or bone grafts that will help to stabilize and protect the teeth and jaw bone.
While some restorative procedures may fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, they are actually vital to maintaining the integrity of the jaw and how the mouth functions. One such procedure is dental implants.
When an implant is placed in the jaw bone, the device protects the jaw bone from erosion. It also helps to stabilize nearby teeth. Dental implants also have cosmetic benefits as well.
Contact Dr. Dost and his staff if you’re interested in finding out which cosmetic procedures are available to help keep your smile bright and beautiful.
When are cosmetic procedures covered under insurance?
While dental insurance doesn’t cover most cosmetic procedures, there are instances where insurance may consider them restorative. If Dr. Dost uses a cosmetic procedure to restore your teeth after you have experienced an injury, the procedure may be regarded as necessary. This is particularly the case if the teeth were damaged or pulled in an attempt to render medical treatment.
In most cases, the reason for the procedure will determine whether or not your insurance will cover the cost. If the procedure is performed solely for aesthetic purposes, the odds are that the insurance won’t cover it. However, if it’s deemed a necessary part of a reconstruction process, insurance may choose to cover it in the context of the approved treatment plan.