Many patients are under the incorrect impression that the cost of dental implants puts this treatment out of reach for them. Because dental implants can last for decades, they can end up being quite affordable over the course of their entire lifespan.
While the exact cost of dental implants can vary from patient to patient, it’s important to consider long-term vs. short-term expenses. Dental implants may come out better in the long run.
Dental implants can last for decades with proper care, so it is entirely possible that the implant will not need to be replaced in the patient’s lifetime. Alternatives like dentures and bridges are more short-lived, however. Unlike dental implants, they have no structure under the gumline to stabilize the jaw. Therefore, the jaw changes shape over time, and as it does, an appliance that is not supported by dental implants will lose its fit.
Additionally, a dental implant can stand alone without support from surrounding teeth. An oral surgeon will not need to place crowns on adjacent teeth to support the crown when a patient gets dental implants. That process of getting crowns can weaken the patient’s teeth, which can lead to more expenses to repair damage down the line.
Furthermore, it’s typically not necessary to cover the entire cost of the treatment upfront. Your oral surgeon likely offers a variety of financing options that can help this intervention fit into a range of budgets. Some of the health care financing companies offer credit with very affordable interest rates.
It may also be tempting to just let the empty space remain after tooth loss. This can have negative consequences as well, though. Neighboring teeth may shift over to fill in the empty gap and may be damaged in the process. It’s better to have a placeholder than no tooth replacement at all.
Don’t let financial factors keep you from considering dental implants as a treatment option. Talk to our office staff at EverSmile about your financing options to see if there’s a choice that will fit within your budget. Don’t forget that you may end up saving money years down the road if you choose dental implants, and that should factor into your decision as well.