When you are considering tooth replacement options, you might initially think that dental implants are just too expensive, both in time and money, to be worth it. But it’s not true. In fact, dental implants will reward you for your investment–it’s only when you try to cut corners that you may find you experience serious problems that can make implants more expensive.
Dental Implant Cost
When you first look at the cost of dental implants, it might seem like they’re very expensive. But you have to realize that the cost of dental implants should be considered in contrast to other tooth replacement options. A dental bridge might be cheaper now, but over your life, it’s likely going to need replacing more often and will cost you about 10% more, on average. Partial dentures are even cheaper up front, but they need replacing more often, are less comfortable, and can lead to tooth damage.
When considering the cost of dental implants, divide it up over the next twenty years and you’ll see that the overall cost isn’t really that much more, and that the better quality of life and the more attractive result is worth the literally pennies a day difference.
Choosing an Implant Dentist
Of course, not all dental implants last a lifetime. A small percentage fail early. You can improve your odds of being in the lucky group by choosing the right implant dentist. You want to work with a dentist dedicated to the highest quality dental care. In addition, working with a dentist who understands bite forces as a neuromuscular dentist can help you avoid the risk of excess force on your dental implant, which can lead to early failure. And, of course, you want to give up bad habits that can increase the risk of early implant failure.
Dental Implant Healing
We live in a culture that expects everything right now, so when someone is telling you that you can get your replacement teeth right now, it sure sounds a lot better than someone telling you that you might have to wait six months.
In some cases, getting your replacement teeth right now is best, but in other cases, it’s recommended that you wait. But it’s worth it to wait. You won’t have a gap in your smile–you’ll be able to wear a temporary denture or bridge. And the payoff for waiting is amazing. If you put a replacement tooth on too soon, the implant could be failing in six months, but if you wait, the implant could still be in place 20 or 30 years later. That’s a 4000-6000% ROI on the time you waited. Now that’s a good investment.