As a restoration, dental implants are one of the most cost-smart choices you can make. Dental implants’ affordability in large part is due to their ability to act as independent replacement teeth that nurture better overall health. In this way, implants prevent many secondary healthy issues related to missing teeth, and keep costs for maintain the health of your smile lower over time.
Implants promote affordable maintenance of your oral health by:
Protecting Bone Health – A loss of teeth can, over time, weaken the health of the jaw bone. Natural teeth have roots that, through natural biting and chewing movement, stimulate bone so that it remains healthy. Deteriorating jaw health, however, creates a sunken-in look as bone loses stimulation and becomes thinner. Thinner bone density also weakens the position of existing tooth roots, increasing the likelihood that other teeth may loosen and need to be extracted. The traditional way to treat these issues is through surgical processes to graft donor bone to depleted areas. Dental implants are the only treatment that includes a replacement tooth root to stimulate bone health, preventing the need for additional care and protecting facial aesthetic and remaining teeth.
Preventing Damage to Teeth – Restorations like traditional dentures and standard dental bridges can work well for many, but they can also create collateral damage to teeth that requires attention, repair, restoration, and ultimately additional cost. Bridges utilize caps (or crowns) to attach replacement teeth. In placing a crown, a tooth must first be prepared – a process where much of its natural structure is removed. This process is perfectly applicable for decayed teeth that require restoration, but when placing a crown on a healthy tooth, you open the door to additional complications on compromised tooth structure below the crowns. Removable partial dentures are held in place through a metal framework that hooks over other teeth. Over time, this can damage dental enamel or encourage teeth to shift. Dental implants are the only completely independent teeth replacements that do not damage healthy enamel or soft tissue, requiring additional fees for restorations of eventually damaged teeth.
Negating Larger or Additional Restorations – Of an implants’ three main components – the post, abutment, and top prosthetics – only the prosthetic would require replacement through the course of normal wear and tear. Notwithstanding instances of health issues that prevent the implant post from bonding with jaw phone, your implant and abutment can remain in place for many years and are made to be a natural substitute for lost teeth.
If you have questions about making the cost-conscious decision to pursue dental implants to replace missing teeth, contact our Bedford implant dentist – Dr. Dogra – today for your consultation.