Some patients who need dentures may be concerned that appliances supported by dental implants are out of their reach financially. You should do more research before dismissing this treatment option as a possibility, though. When the long-term costs are compared, implant-supported prosthetics can be as affordable dentures as their conventional counterparts.
Dental implants are more durable, and they help to preserve bone tissue in the jaw so that its shape won’t change over time. In fact, dental implants can last for a lifetime when you maintain them as instructed by your oral surgeon. In contrast, conventional dentures lack a root-like structure to anchor the jawbone, so it will slowly erode. This process changes the contour of the jaw, resulting in the need to have conventional dentures realigned or replaced periodically – at the patient’s expense.
Furthermore, implant-supported dentures don’t necessarily require a large number of dental implants, which can also make this approach more cost-effective. With a technique known as All-on-4, an oral surgeon can place just four dental implants in the jaw to support an entire appliance. These dental implants can be placed in a single day for your convenience. Additionally, this technique allows patients who have already experienced some bone loss, such as long-term conventional denture wearers who want an upgrade, to qualify for dental implants. The implants are placed toward the front of the jaw where bone loss proceeds more gradually.
Additionally, we want our patients to have access to the affordable dentures that they want, so we accept a variety of payment options to help you fit the initial cost of implant-supported dentures into your budget. We encourage you to discuss this aspect of your care with a member of our billing staff for more specific details.
Don’t write off implant-supported dentures as unaffordable based on the upfront costs alone. Meet with one of our providers at EverSmile for a consultation to get more information about this treatment option and the long-term savings that may benefit you for years after the initial treatment.