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Will Medical Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

I’ve been struggling with periodontal disease and some other issues. I got dentures, but they make me gag. Dental implants are out of my budget. Is there a chance my medical insurance would pay for it because not having teeth is bad for my health?

Tilley L. – Montana


Dental Implants are an excellent procedure for replacing your teeth. But, as you’ve discovered, they are expensive. Unfortunately, medical insurance always has a clause in it that they won’t cover any dental procedures.

There are so many benefits to dental implants, but one I seem to forget to mention you brought up. Gagging. Those with a strong gag reflex find it quite helpful to not have all the additional implements in their mouth that come with dentures. Implants are like having your natural teeth, so there’s nothing to gag on.

However, even with all their benefits, you won’t be a good candidate for implants until you have your gum disease under control. You’ll lose the implants just like you’re losing your teeth. Your best bet is to save up for dental implants while you get your gums healthy. In the meantime, you’ll need to continue with the dentures.

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Why I Backed Out of Clear Choice?

One woman’s experience with Clear Choice:

I was considering doing a dental implant procedure. I really wanted the best tooth replacement. However, my dentist indicated this procedure could take months. I saw an advertisement for Clear Choice. It talked about how much faster their procedure was. In fact, they said I could get it all over with in one day. That sounded appealing.

When I called, however, the sales tactic was pretty hard. While they gave me a price compatible with my dentists, they insisted I place a $1000 deposit down to hold that guaranteed price. Then I find out they expect me to remove healthy teeth in order to do their procedure. That worried me. I did some more research and discovered their procedure isn’t the “normal” dental implant procedure. Instead, Clear Choice does some kind of short-cut, which does save time, but will likely cost me in the long run–including some healthy teeth. No thanks.

Glad I did some more research.

Helen – Virginia

I Want to Extract My Tooth. My Dentist Wants to “Save” It

I’m so tired of messing with one of my stupid teeth. First, I was a toothache. My dentist thought it was fine. Then, a few months later, I developed a cavity. We filled the cavity. A few months later, it got a completely different cavity. My dentist wants to do a crown. I’m so tired of this tooth. I want to just take it out, but my dentist thinks it’s better to “save” it. Why is that so important? It’s not like the tooth people see is going to be real anymore.

Phil – Washington


I’m going to side with your dentist. Let’s say you extract the tooth. Then what? Are you just going to leave a gap there? Even if the tooth isn’t a front tooth, which would affect your appearance, that gap will cause your other teeth to shift. This will cause bite problems and may even lead to TMJ.

But what if you replace it instead of leaving a gap? Okay, the best replacement is a dental implant. It will require surgery and months of healing. Then a crown. Not to mention the thousands of dollars it costs. If you decide to get a removable partial denture instead, that’s easier–initially. But, it’s removable. You have a tooth that moves, comes out, gets food under it, and is uncomfortable. Fun, huh?

Neither of those options sound better than getting one crown. If you talk to patients who’ve had their teeth extracted, they’d tell you they wish they could have saved the tooth.

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Is It Possible to Save a Permanent Tooth that was Knocked Out?

We were at my son’s football game. His best friend lost a tooth during the game. His mother was panicked and not sure what to do. I started thinking I didn’t either. What would you do in that situation? Can a permanent tooth even be saved?

Cary A. – Minnesota


Yes, they can be saved in some cases, but the success rate can often depend on how quickly you get to the dentist and how damaged it is. You really want to get to the dentist within thirty minutes. It’s best if you call your dentist ahead of time and let them know the situation, so they can be ready for you when you get there.

If you can’t reach your dentist, there are emergency dentists you can call who’ll get you in right away. It’s important you keep the tooth moist. You can put it in a glass of milk. Make sure you only handle it by the crown of the tooth (the visible part above your gums). Leave the root alone or you could damage the chances of saving the tooth.

If for some reason the tooth can’t be saved, don’t panic. Today we’ve made real advancements in tooth replacements. Dental Implants are like having your own teeth back.

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Clear Choice was Pushy and Immovable

I went for a consultation to Clear Choice after several months of trying to get my dentures tolerable. They quoted me $59,000. That’s a lot of money and I could get traditional dental implants for less than that. When I told them that they insisted I wasn’t factoring in bone grafting. That’s true, but only because I don’t need bone grafting. My existing bone structure is fine.

During their sales pitch, it became increasingly clear that dental implants were a better option for me than Clear Choice’s all-on-four procedure. I mentioned that but they weren’t willing to let me off the hook. They kept hammering away at me. I said if they’d consider coming down on the price, we might talk, but they were steadfast about that huge priced tag.

At one point, I just said I needed to go. As I stood up, they implied I was intentionally not caring about my teeth and tried to waste their time. That was it. I’ll never go back.

Dentist Humiliated Me Over Need for Dentures

I am 28 years old and I think dentures are my only option. I’ve had dental problems my entire life, starting with my parents not taking me in for regular care as a child. I have tried to take care of my teeth. I brush at least twice per day and floss, but with so many problems already going on it doesn’t help. I also had hyperemesis gravidarum for three pregnancies and was sick all the time. I’ve been to several dental offices over the years and tried to fix what I can, though there was so much to do it’s hard to do it all. I could easily max out my insurance every January when it renews and still spend 20 years trying to fix it all. So, I’ve fallen into a routine where I only go in and deal with things when they hurt. I’m tired of living this way, always waiting for and dreading the next toothache, broken tooth, or infection. I want to have them all pulled and just get dentures.

Last week, I scheduled a consultation with a dentist and told him my plan. His repsonse humiliated me. He was demeaning and basically told me it was my fault that my teeth are the way they are. Then he told me I shouldn’t get dentures. I left in tears. I need help without being made to feel bad about my situation. How can I find a dentist who will help me?

Thank you,


Dear Tara,

Sorry to hear you’ve had such rough experiences. Unfortunately, some dentists lack good chairside manner. You’re also probably emotional about your teeth, which can make some things sound more critical than it’s intended to be. For example, “This didn’t happen overnight,” could easily be interpreted as “You let this go too long,” when really, the person means, “It’s going to take some time to fix too.” This, paired with the complexity of what you’re facing, can make it seem very overwhelming.

Before you take any steps, you should know that dentures are not the end-all and, especially at your age. You could be dealing with significant bone loss and facial collapse while you’re still in your 40s if your teeth are pulled now. Plus, the longer you wear dentures, the harder it is to get a set to fit well. So, you aren’t picking the easiest solution, even if it is the most economical one right now.

Your best bet is to try to put emotions aside and focus on finding the best solution for you right now. Find a dentist you feel comfortable with and have a frank, open discussion about your options. Save the teeth you can save because every tooth you retain will help prevent bone loss. Even if you wind up with a partial denture, those teeth will help make sure it fits you better and works better. As time goes on, you may be able to consider adding in implants for more support as well. Take baby steps and don’t beat yourself up. When your needs are extensive, you’ll need to build a roadmap to good oral health and that’s ok. Set a goal and work to it as best as you can, while being realistic about what you can achieve. A good dentist will work with you on this.

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Can I Super Glue My Dentures In?

My dentures refuse to stay in. They slip all the time. Would it be okay for me to super glue them in? I know I won’t be able to take them out, but that’s the point. They wouldn’t come out. I just wanted to check in case it was poisonous or something.

Marc G. – San Antonio


I’m assuming you’re just kidding with me out of frustration. I know that you’re in a pickle with your dentures, but super glue is a horrible idea. It’s extremely dangerous for you to do that. You will cause yourself a tremendous amount of pain.

The reason your dentures are slipping is likely because of bone loss. When you remove your teeth, your body recognizes that you no longer have tooth roots and begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. Eventually, there’s not enough bone structure to support your denture. That’s why they slip and slide.

I’m going to suggest a much healthier alternative. You could have some bone grafting done to build up your bone structure, then get dental implants. Implants anchor your tooth replacements to your jawbone. It’s like having your own natural teeth back… and they won’t go anywhere.

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A Significant Drop In Price from Clear Choice

Clear Choice originally quoted me $53,000 for their procedure. I explained to them I’m a 67-year-old retired vet and don’t have any real money. They instantly dropped it to $29,000. Should I be suspicious? I went to some other dentists in the area, but they are refusing to remove the rest of my teeth, which are falling apart anyway. I’m not sure what to do.

Morgan – Atlanta


I am a little suspicious myself on their sudden drop in price. Usually, their sales tactics are rather strong. However, they have offered you an exceptional deal. My advice would be to go to the other dentists and tell them about your dental implants offer from clear choice. You may get them to come down in price as well.

I’m a little annoyed that they’re fighting you on removing your teeth. IF you were in your 20s, then yes, it would be prudent for them to warn you about the consequences of removing teeth. But, your teeth are falling apart anyway. They’ll have to come out soon enough anyway.

If they don’t cooperate, then you are always able to accept the Clear Choice’s offer.

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Help! My Grandaughter Painted My Dentures!

My granddaughter was staying the weekend. I dozed off with my teeth out. While I napped, she painted my dentures white with my white nail polish. I know she thought she was doing me a favor, but now they look quite weird and I don’t know how to get it off. Will nail polish remover work?

Alicia S. – California


Children really do the darndest things! You can’t get angry, because their hearts are usually in the right place. I guess your granddaughter knew that teeth whitening is all the rage right now and was trying to make you the hip grandma.

The one thing I don’t want you to do is use nail polish remover. Most dentures are made out of acrylic and most nail polish contains acetone, a chemical that dissolves or degrades acrylic. So, you can see the issue here. Nail polish that doesn’t contain acetone isn’t good for your dentures either. Your best bet is to first try denture cleaner and a denture brush. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to take them into your dentist’s office to let them work with them.

It seems like, aside from the paint job, you’re pretty happy with your dentures. I just want to make certain your dentist warned you of one side-effect of dentures, known as facial collapse. When your teeth roots are removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. You’ll notice your jawbone begins to shrink. The best way to prevent this is to get dental implants. These provide a new root and signals to your body to keep your jawbone in place.

Give your granddaughter a hug!
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How to Spot the Difference Between Fake and Genuine Clear Choice Reviews

I’ve been trying to compare a bunch of Clear Choice reviews and testimonials from other local offices. I’m looking to be free of my upper denture after having it for about five years and I’m pretty sure I want to go the route of an implant-supported denture for stability and comfort. The next step comes in with trying to find the right dentist to do it and getting some estimates, but I’d rather not waste anybody’s time by going someplace that isn’t going to provide good care. I don’t know anyone who has had this procedure done, so I can’t get referrals from anyone, which means I’m more or less at the mercy of the net. The problem is, as I look over all these Clear Choice reviews, they’re all over the place. I can’t help but wonder if some of them are trumped up or fake. I know this happens on places like Amazon, but I don’t know if it has made its way into things like dentistry. Are there any things I can look for that may help me determine if something is valid?

Thank you,
Erin – Illinois

Dear Erin,

The reality is that Clear Choice reviews are going to be all over the place. Some people have good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad. This seems to be more because of their model than anything else. They do one main type of treatment and push it hard. Their sales techniques and cookie cutter methodology obviously can’t work for everyone.

Be sure to look at all dental implant and implant supported options. Don’t limit yourself to Clear Choice.

As far as spotting fake Clear Choice reviews (or any others for that matter), it’s really hard for people to tell. There are some computer programs that swear they can do it, but even those aren’t great. However, you may be able to identify them by looking out for the following:

1) Focus on people, not actions, or lots of generalizations. For example, if someone just keeps saying “I liked the dentist” repeatedly, it’s a red flag. Real testimonials tend to focus on the procedures performed and how they went. The person writing can tell you exactly what was good or bad, not just say “The dentist did a good job with my implant.”

2) We wary of large amounts of technical language. Testimonials that include things like the clinical names of teeth (bicuspid, first molar, etc.), those that use medical language to describe parts of the mouth (anterior, posterior, mesial, distal), or ones that sound like the info is coming from a manual (35% tooth whitening gel, fine polishing disc, etc.) Some patients are well informed and that’s great, but real patients don’t usually distinguish between different types of similar materials/ equipment and almost never use dental terminology to describe landmarks in their mouth. Use your own judgment with these.

3. No other reviews. If you’re on a platform where it’s common to have reviews of all sorts, like Yelp, be wary of the ones who never rate anything else or those who only give 5-star ratings to everyone.

4. Improbable or overexcited claims. For example, “THIS DENTIST IS AWESOME!!!” or “One visit with this dentist and all my dental problems were fixed.”

While there’s no fail-safe method for detecting fibs, these tips can help sort out the suspicious reviews.

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