Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been available for several decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, when properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates over time. While a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, the underneath surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, decreasing future problems.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods that he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Financing for Dental Implants
Check with your dental insurance carrier first to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover. There are health care credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures, including dental implants.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face.
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