The adult mouth contains 32 teeth, so does it really matter if one or two are missing? The answer is a resounding yes! Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew, speak and even change the shape of your jawline. Dental implants require more of a financial investment than a bridge or dentures, so are they really worth it?
Dental implants stand out from other dental prosthetics because they offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. A custom-designed prosthetic tooth is set upon an titanium implant post that bonds to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, your own bone grows around the implant post and firmly anchors it into your jaw. This means your implant will stay secure while you are speaking and eating.
Cheaper alternatives to dental implants include bridges and dentures but they may not be more economical in the long run. Bridges will generally last half as long as implants and require one or both of the adjacent teeth to be filed down and have crowns placed on them. Within 5 to 7 years, 30% of patients will end up having failure of the adjacent tooth that requires additional dental work to repair. Partial dentures could require replacement 2 to 3 times during the life of a single dental implant.
The costs associated with dental implants are actually a great value when you consider:
- Successful implants last for 20 or more years
- Do not require damage to the adjacent teeth
- Look and work just like real teeth
- Easy to clean and care for
- Permanently fuse to your jawbone
- Supported by over 50 years of clinical research
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are dental implant experts. With thousands of successful implant procedures, you can be confident knowing that your smile is in great hands. We even offer many in-house finance options that allow the costs of dental implants to fit in your budget. Schedule your consultation today!