the value of dental implants
Considering the Value of Dental Implants:
Dental implants have been available for several decades and they are highly effective in restoring patient esthetics, comfort, function and confidence. When considering the value of dental implants there are several important points that should be considered.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always 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, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in the 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 integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, reducing the risk of problems in the future.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of 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 he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
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Determining the Cost of Your Dental Implant Care
There are several steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of a dental implant. When considering the cost of your dental implant care it is important to realize that your care will involve several visits involving evaluation and treatment as follows:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone grafting
- Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
- Placement of the crown
- X-rays, pre/post operative care
When comparing the cost of care recommended by different dental providers it is important to realize that our office focuses on a comprehensive approach so that you are fully informed about your overall dental condition and the variety of treatment options available to you.
Financing for Dental Implants
We offer a variety of payment options for our patients to help them obtain the dental care that they need and deserve. In additional to traditional cash and credit card payment, we work with Lending Club and Care Credit, the leading dental care finance companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants.
Although our office does not participate directly with any dental insurance company, as a service to you we will check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover. Our team is skilled at maximizing your dental insurance benefit.
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, keeping you from looking old before your time.
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