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 in comparison with other treatment alternatives, there are several important points that should be included in one’s decision.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to consider the longevity offered by dental implants that is not afforded by other, more traditional methods of tooth replacement.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, one should consider that these treatment options generally require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, thereby perhaps being more expensive over time. In contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, may last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. While a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a natural tooth, beneath the gum, the jawbone progressively undergoes atrophy. It is the presence of the root of a tooth that helps to preserve the amount of bone. In the absence of the root of a natural tooth or a “simulated root” (such as that provided by a dental implant) the jaw bone will resorb with time, which can adversely affect the structure of the face. Should distortion of the shape of the face gradually result, one may have additional cosmetic costs to consider in future.
Comparatively, titanium dental implants simulate the presence of the root of a tooth. Placement of these support posts within the jaw strengthen and stimulate bone growth. In combination with the implants integrating with the jaw bone, the natural strength and quality of the bone are actually preserved, which ultimately lessens complications as noted above, from developing in the future.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Dental implants can be viewed as a long-term investment not only in financial terms, but also in terms of quality of life. A natural tooth is best simulated by a dental implant. In addition to enabling one to eat the same healthy foods that have always been enjoyed, treatment with dental implants also eliminates the day-to-day challenges associated with dentures, including the potential social embarrassment experienced when wearing dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps and often multiple professionals involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it is important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- 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
Dental implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. Having a complete compliment of teeth will make it easier to eat a healthy, balanced diet, as well as enable eating to be a pleasure again. Replacing missing teeth also facilitates preservation of the contours of the face, maintaining one’s youthful appearance.
Schedule Your Consultation
A generalized treatment quote cannot be given until proper treatment planning is performed by the implant team. One’s clinical presentation is unique, as are the restorative implant options that are correspondingly best suited to each individual’s circumstances. We therefore encourage you to contact us at Prince George Phone Number (250) 614-1828 to schedule a consultation.