United Concordia Companies says it will chip in for part of the cost when some insureds with standard crown coverage get implant crowns.

United Concordia now will pay for the crown itself when a member of an existing dental preferred provider plan gets an implant, the company says.

The patient will still have to pay for the post that is attached to the jawbone, the company says.

United Concordia, Harrisburg, Pa., a unit of Highmark Inc., Pittsburgh, is a large dental insurer.

Up till now, United Concordia has not paid either for the crown or for the post for members of standard dental plans who have replaced missing teeth with implants, the company says.

The implant coverage change could save some plan members hundreds of dollars per implant, the company says.