Tooth loss is far more common than most people know. It’s also more treatable than many people realize.
Excellent options exist for teeth replacements in modern dentistry, but many people are put off by what they perceive as the cost of dental Implants. This is understandable, but it doesn’t always consider the lifetime costs of NOT getting dental implants as part of your restorative dentistry.
It Could Cost You More Teeth
Let’s say you are someone who has lost a tooth. This can and does happen for any number of reasons — tooth decay, injuries, illnesses, etc.
Whatever the reason, you should replace the missing tooth as soon as you can. The old way of doing this is a dental bridge. This requires a dentist to remove parts of other teeth to support your bridge.
When everything is put in place, you will have a smile that looks complete again, and you should be able to eat normally as well.
The problem is what you can’t see. With a traditional bridge, don’t have anything that replaces the root of your missing tooth. This matters more than you may realize.
Your roots don’t just anchor your teeth to your jawbone. Your roots also help keep your jawbone strong. The pressure created by biting and chewing pushes your roots in your jaw. This pressure causes your jaw to created new bone tissue, which keeps it healthy.
Without the root, your jawbone begins to deteriorate in that part of your mouth. Over time, this could put other teeth at risk, too.
A dental implant can stop that cycle before it gets rolling.
An implant replaces the root of your missing tooth. Implants are anchored in the jawbone, and they can support dental crowns. By getting a crown and an implant, you are replacing the whole tooth and restoring the function of your missing root.
This can help you maintain your jaw health and provide support for your remaining teeth.
It Could Cost You Enjoyment
Let’s assume for the sake of argument that all your teeth fall out. You have three choices:
◼ You can live without teeth.
◼ You can get traditional dentures.
◼ You can get implant-supported dentures.
If you choose to live without teeth, we don’t have to explain that you’ll be giving up a lot of foods. No matter how much you like applesauce, mashed potatoes, pudding, and soup, you would probably like to eat solid foods from time to time.
Plus, when you have no teeth, your jawbone will shrink much faster, which will affect your appearance as well.
If you choose to get traditional dentures, you will have something that at least looks similar to teeth when you smile. You will be able to eat a few foods, but even the things you can eat will require more effort to bite and chew.
And this doesn’t change the fact that you still don’t have replacements for the roots of your teeth. As your jaw shrinks, this changes the shape your mouth. That changes how your dentures fit.
And that means you will need to replace or refit your dentures from time to time, and those costs can really add up over the course of a lifetime.
If you choose to get implant-supported dentures, you are effectively giving yourself a new set of teeth. The implants are placed in a way that helps to support your jaw health.
They also add security and stability to your dentures, so you can bite with nearly the same force as someone with all their natural teeth. This makes eating more comfortable and more natural, which means you will be able to eat all the foods that you want to eat.
What Are You Willing To Pay?
Would you rather pay for your tooth loss with changes to your overall quality of life? Or would your rather spend money upfront for a lifetime of benefits?
We understand this is a big decision, which is why New Albany Implants will be happy to answer any questions you have about dental implants. That includes our lifetime warranty and our multiple financing options.