Did you know that dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, could last for a lifetime? This is because dental implants are the most durable method of permanent tooth replacement available. At first glance, many patients may reconsider their options after learning the cost of dental implants. However, when consulting with patients, our oral surgeon encourages patients to view dental implants as an investment in one’s oral health and general wellbeing that can prevent the need for costly, time consuming, and invasive dental and oral procedures in the future.
An Overview of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most life-like method for replacing teeth. With a titanium post and a custom crown, a dental implant replaces both a tooth’s visible structures and the structures beneath the gum line. Functioning like a tooth’s root, the titanium post possesses a screw-like texture. Over time, bone will fuse around the post, securing it in place. The crown is attached to the post with an abutment and provides a natural-looking and stable biting surface for eating food comfortably and efficiently.
Health Benefits and Financial Advantages of Dental Implants
Because dental implants replace a tooth’s roots, patients are not as likely to experience bone atrophy. This allows the patient to maintain adequate bone structure to support existing teeth and gums. For example, patients with dentures will experience bone atrophy and their jaw will begin to change shape. Over time, patients’ dentures will cease to fit properly and eventually need multiple replacements. Furthermore, patients who lose gum tissue and bone mass to tooth loss may require more invasive procedures such as tissue grafting and full-mouth rehabilitation, which is costly and time consuming. The cost of dental implants is also offset by the fact that implants support adjacent teeth, thus minimizing the incidence of further tooth loss and the need for prosthetics like bridges and partial dentures.
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