Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option for patients with severely damaged or missing teeth. They are surgically fitted artificial roots that are attached to the jawbone and fitted with a dental restoration.
Factors Contributing to the Cost of Dental Implants
Compared to alternative treatments such as bridges and dentures, dental implants have a higher initial cost that can seem unaffordable for patients seeking a missing tooth restoration. However, dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth that are more cost-effective over the long term than the alternatives. Some factors that contribute to the price of implants include:
- The multi-step approach requires numerous appointments and several months of healing time between stages.
- The implant post, abutment, and restoration are made from premium material designed to last.
- Patients may require preparatory work such as a bone graft, sinus lift, or treatment for advanced gum disease to ensure sufficient bone density and adequate gum tissue to support the implant.
How Dental Implants Save You Money
Although dental implants may cost you more upfront, they are typically a better investment in your oral health over the long term. Here are a few of the ways dental implants can save you money:
Improve Oral Health
Damaged or missing teeth can cause oral health issues, such as gum disease, tooth sensitivity, bacterial infections, and decay of neighboring teeth. Gaps between teeth may also cause your remaining teeth to shift, misaligning your bite. This can lead to problems with chewing, speaking, and overall jaw functionality.
When you receive dental implants, the post stimulates your jawbone and improves your oral health, preventing further natural teeth and gum deterioration. It also prevents your features from appearing aged due to jawbone loss.
By improving your oral health, you help prevent future dental issues that may require expensive treatment. Dental implants bridge gaps, reducing the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder, which is typically repaired through jaw surgery.
Dental implants improve your oral health, so you don’t have to spend money on additional dental care, treatments, and restorations and save money in the long run.
Durable and Long-Lasting
The titanium structure and porcelain crown ensure dental implants are long-lasting. With proper care and maintenance, the implant post and abutment can last a lifetime, though the dental crown may need replacing every 15 years. In comparison, dental bridges, and dentures may only last about a decade.
As a potential one-off investment, dental implants can save you money on having multiple expensive treatments throughout your life because you have to replace your bridge or dentures due to wear and tear or jawbone resorption and changing gums.
Reduces Routine Dental Costs
Because they are designed to replicate natural teeth in terms of aesthetics, feel, and functionality, dental implants don’t require special maintenance. You simply brush and floss as normal. Unlike full and partial dentures, they don’t need to be removed at night or rinsed in special solutions eliminating this expense.
Schedule a Consultation with Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
If you experience tooth loss, damage, or decay and want to restore your oral health and beautiful smile, contact Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Dr. Owens is a skilled and passionate dentist with extensive experience in smile reconstruction and restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.
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