Cost Of Dental Implants
Placing a dental implant requires a number of steps, generally involving several professionals.
- Possible extractions
- Bone graft or site preservation
- Placing the Dental Implant – the titanium “tooth root”
- Placing the Crown – the porcelain “tooth”
- Office visits, x-rays, pre- and post-surgical care
Continuing Cost of Bridges and Dentures
While Bridges and Dentures are less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options may have considerable continuing expenses. Bridges require the removal of significant tooth structure of teeth adjacent to the area where you are missing a tooth – which can lead to weakness and repeated treatments. Dentures cannot preserve the jaw bone the way Dental Implants can, so the jaw shrinks as the bone is resorbed, leading to ill-fitting Dentures and repeated rounds of re-fitting and re-placing. Over a lifetime, Dental Implants can be the most cost-effective method and the best choice for esthetics.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again and makes it easier to eat a balanced and healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face which may help prevent an aged look.
You will want to discuss all your options with your dentist and oral surgeon, but do not let the initial cost discourage you from getting Dental Implants.