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How to Find Out Which Cosmetic Procedure is Right For You

Dental implants can be costly, especially given the generous insurance coverage that American periodontists in Jenkintown and elsewhere carry. This drives many patients who need extensive dental work to consider traveling overseas for surgery in other countries, where more liberal licensing requirements and greater socioeconomic inequality can drive prices artificially lower. While this form of cost-skirting might sound appealing to the budget-driven part of your mind, there are considerable downsides to consider alongside the apparent cost benefit. Primary among these is insurance, as already mentioned. If even part of your costs are being covered by your existing dental insurance plan, then it is unlikely you can transfer those benefits out of the country with you. This leaves you paying for the entire procedure yourself. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, your health insurance likely doesn’t cover complications arising from surgery in another country, so you will likely have to purchase an expensive rider just to keep your regular health protected for the time that you are away. Navigating other countries’ cultures and languages can be quite difficult as well, and your ability to seek recourse for poor workmanship can be severely limited if you are not a citizen of the country in which your procedure is performed. Open, clear communication between the surgeon and the patient is the bedrock upon which a good oral surgical relationship is constructed, and this type of rapport can be difficult to establish with someone who grew up in a vastly different cultural context. Another important consideration is your own stress level. International travel, especially when budget-driven, can be extremely stressful. Successful surgical work requires patients to recover after surgery, ideally in the low-stress environs of their own home. Finding somewhere enjoyable to heal up in a foreign country is often expensive enough to negate the surgical cost savings you might find, and traveling home right after surgery can vastly increase the risk of infection or other complications, which may not be covered at all, even by additional insurance, if not specifically advised by your treatment team. For best results, contact your local Jenkintown periodontist to discuss your options for dental implants without the need to travel.
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How to Find Out Which Cosmetic Procedure is Right For You

Cosmetic Dentistry in Jenkintown

At the Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to enhance your smile. With so many options, it can be challenging to determine which procedure is best for your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the cosmetic procedures we offer and how to tell which one is right for you.

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

If you are unhappy with the way your gums look, you may be a candidate for cosmetic periodontal surgery. This type of surgery can improve the appearance of your gums by making them more symmetrical and reducing the amount of gum tissue that is visible. Cosmetic periodontal surgery can also prevent further gum recession, helping to keep your teeth looking their best.

To see if you are a candidate for cosmetic periodontal surgery, we will need to evaluate the health of your gums and the severity of your gum recession. If you are concerned about the way your gums look, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Barry Levin.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a common procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of your smile. This type of surgery can be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where too much gum tissue is visible, or to expose more of the tooth so that it can be restored. During a crown lengthening procedure, some gum tissue will be removed to improve the appearance of your smile. Crown lengthening can also be used to prepare the mouth for dental implants. If you have a gummy smile, crown lengthening may be the ideal cosmetic dentistry service for you.

Gum Grafting

If you have receding gums, you may be a candidate for gum grafting. This type of surgery can help to restore the health of your gums and improve the appearance of your smile. During your gum grafting, Dr. Levin will take a small amount of gum tissue from another spot in your mouth and use it to cover exposed tooth roots and prevent future decay. Gum grafting can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile, to protect your oral health, or both.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as a foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a single tooth, a dental bridge, or dentures. They look and feel like natural teeth, making them a popular solution for missing teeth.

Contact Us for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jenkintown

Whether you are interested in cosmetic periodontal surgery, crown lengthening, gum grafting, or dental implants, our caring team at the Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barry Levin. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals. Our team looks forward to helping you love your smile.