If you’re missing teeth, you have more options than ever to rebuild a beautiful smile. Among the many choices are dental implants. You’ve probably heard about their benefits because they treat the entire tooth structure, but is the dental implant cost really worth it? Although you may pay more for them upfront than traditional treatments, they are the most affordable long-term. In fact, here are 3 ways they can save you money down the road.
1. Reduced overall dental costs.
When you lose a tooth, you are also missing the root. As a result, your jawbone won’t be stimulated in the area, which causes it to shrink. Your jaw’s density can decrease by as much as 25% within 1 year of losing a single tooth. Unfortunately, as more bone is lost, your remaining teeth won’t have the support they need to stay in place. They will slowly drift out of alignment, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease because it will be more difficult to keep them clean. Over time, your remaining teeth may loosen and fall out.
The costs of repairing the damage caused by tooth loss throughout the years can add up. You can skip the expenses associated with missing teeth using dental implants. A titanium implant post is inserted into your jawbone to serve as a new root. This stimulates bone growth to preserve your jaw’s density to stop dental drift and lessen the need for a costly treatment later.
2. Never needs to be replaced.
Although traditional dental prosthetics tend to cost less upfront, they need to be replaced every few years and require regular maintenance. This can be quite costly over time. You’ll save money with dental implants because you should never need to pay to have them replaced. It’s true they cost more initially, but they are proven to last for decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly. You’ll make an investment in your dental health using a treatment that has over a 95% success rate.
3. Save money on convenience costs.
Conventional prosthetics often require special cleaning products, like brushes or soaking solutions. Not only can they require a time-consuming routine, but you can end up spending hundreds of dollars on them over the years. You don’t need any expensive cleaning products with dental implants. You care for them as you do your natural teeth, reducing your convenience costs.
Invest in a Complete Smile
Dental implants are a wise investment in your oral health and your overall quality of life. Don’t let the cost deter you from completing your smile. Your dentist has the affordable solutions you need to replace your missing teeth without breaking the bank.
About Dr. John White
Dr. White earned his dental degree from the University of North Carolina. He completed a post-doctoral residency and regularly continues his training in many areas of advanced care, like dental implants. He completed a yearlong externship in implant dentistry to treat tooth loss. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office to schedule your consultation.