If you’re reviewing your tooth replacement options, the costs of treatment are likely a major factor in your decision-making process. While the cost of dental implants is higher upfront than other tooth replacement methods like bridges or dentures, it’s important to know that choosing implants could save you money in the long run.
Our oral surgeon places dental implants. Implant dentistry is a long-lasting, biocompatible alternative to conventional tooth replacement methods.
Evaluating the Cost of Dental Implants
Although the costs of dental implants are higher initially than other tooth replacement options, the durable nature of implants help reduce costs over time.
Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option but they require replacement and repair. This is because dentures only replace the visible structures of teeth, not the roots. Without the roots of teeth to keep the jaw stimulated, people with dentures tend to suffer with significant bone deterioration. As the bone atrophies, it changes the shape of the mouth and affects the way that dentures fit.
Bridges, another popular tooth replacement method, also contribute to bone atrophy for the same reasons as dentures do. They also require frequent repair or replacement. As the jaw changes shape, bridges can fit improperly or break.
Dental implants, on the other hand, keep the jawbone active and help prevent the deterioration of jawbone. This means that dental implants and the restorations/prosthetics they hold will last far longer than a full or partial denture. In fact, dental implants can last for the rest of a person’s life.
Another aspect of bone health and tooth loss to keep in mind is that bone loss contributes to the failure of other teeth. As bone deteriorates, it can threaten the health and placement of adjacent biological teeth.
Scheduling a Dental Implant Consultation
If implant dentistry interests you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeon. At your appointment, we will perform a physical examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Call EverSmile today to set up an appointment.