Tired of not smiling because of missing teeth? Frustrated because your dentures slip when you laugh or chew? Feel like your face is collapsing where your teeth are missing? What if you could have a dental procedure that would replace your missing teeth, make your jaw healthier, and wouldn’t slip like dentures?
Dental implants can help you laugh, smile and eat with confidence. And, even better, they last longer than dentures and bridges!
Dental Implants are Permanent
A dental implant is surgically placed into your jaw bone by a specialist. A crown that matches your own teeth is then placed onto the implant. With proper care, a dental implant will last over thirty years. Compare that to the five to ten of dentures or fifteen for bridges and you’ll see why many people are opting for dental implants.
Your general dentist will work with a specialist like an oral & maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist to place the implant. The specialist sets the base of the implant into the jaw and your dentist usually makes and places the crown. You can find a dental implant specialist through the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, although that certification is not necessary to be well-qualified to perform dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Improve your Smile?
If you are missing teeth, your other teeth will move around to try to keep your jaw stable. That can cause pain or disfigurement. It also puts extra stress on your existing teeth. The jaw bone under the missing tooth starts to dissolve and weakens. This can change the shape of your face as well.
Dental implants keep your natural teeth from moving around. They also encourage your body to lay down bone, rebuilding your jaw. Since you don’t take them out for cleaning, your face doesn’t suddenly collapse and age, making you look like your great-great-grandparent.
Because you’ll feel secure with dental implants, you can laugh, eat, and speak without worrying about your dentures popping loose. Most people are very pleased with their dental implants and there are generally not a lot of complications.
How Much Will Your New Smile Cost?
Like most dental work, dental implants can be expensive. Best quality dentures cost $2,000 to $4,000 per denture ($4,000 to $8,000 for a complete set). You will be laying that out every five to ten years. Bridges cost between $2,000 and $15,000, depending on how many bridges you need and what style works best for your situation. Bridges last five to fifteen years. Dental implants average between $1,500 to $6,000 per tooth and can last over thirty years.
Averaging cost over time, dental implants are clearly more economical. Your smile is worth it!
If dental implants seem like an option for you, talk to your general dentist. You need to be in good health and have healthy gum tissue. You also need a healthy jaw bone. Your general dentist will check your gums and jaw density and let you know if they feel like you are a good candidate. Most dentists can refer you to a specialist that they recommend.
You can also look for a specialist in your area and find out more about dental implants by starting an online search. A quick search can get you started on the path to your perfect smile.