Some patients may be put off initially by implant dentistry due to qualms about the initial price tag. However, when considering this treatment option for tooth loss, patients should consider the longevity of their investment. Dental implants will last for decades, as long as you take good care of them. Conventional tooth replacement appliances, on the other hand, will need to be refitted or replaced periodically as the shape of the jaw changes and the appliance loses its fit. This comes at an additional expense for the patient.
The technology behind implant dentistry makes it a superior long-term solution than standard dentures or fixed dental bridges. The dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. That is, bone is capable of fusing tightly with titanium. This process, known as osseointegration, leaves the dental implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw, replacing the absent tooth’s root.
A tooth’s root is essential to the stability of the jaw, serving as an anchor. When a missing root is not replaced – as is the case with traditional dentures and dental bridges – the jawbone will gradually wear away. The jaw’s shape changes, and the denture or bridge doesn’t fit as well after a period of time.
An implant-supported appliance, on the other hand, will retain its fit and is unlikely to need to be replaced. Of course, bone loss from other issues, such as gum disease, may compromise the stability of dental implants, so it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums to reduce the presence of oral bacteria.
Dental implants also offer better functionality, in addition to lower long-term costs. Because they are structurally complete, they are more effective at chewing and the appliance stays in place more reliably.
Don’t write off dental implants as unaffordable. Make sure that you look at all of the costs associated with the various tooth replacement methods that you’re considering. We accept a number of different payment methods, including financing options, to help you manage your investment in this valuable treatment.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Thompson Dental today.