If you have considered dental implants in the past to replace missing teeth but ended up going with another replacement option due to cost, you are not alone. Many adults choose temporary or removable tooth replacement options such as dentures, partials and bridges over dental implants because of the difference in cost. If you take the financial aspect out of it, most patients would prefer dental implants over the other options. And why not? Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. That is why they are considered by most dental professionals to the be gold standard in tooth replacement.
There is no denying that dental implants cost more than dentures, partials and bridges. However, when you consider the return you receive on your investment in terms of improved quality of life, the cost may not seem quite as high. Dental implants are prosthetic screws usually made of titanium that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once they have been allowed to heal, the screws fuse to the bone and are anchored securely into place. Prosthetic teeth can then be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.
Dental implant supported replacement teeth look so much like natural teeth, you may be the only one who knows you have them. They are so comfortable, you may even forget that you have them. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable and do not require the use of messy denture adhesive creams. With dental implants, you can enjoy meals and other social interactions without worrying that your dentures will click, pop, slip or fall out completely. For some, this alone is worth the extra cost!
With dental implants, you can once again eat the foods you love. With dentures, many patients are forced to change their eating habits to eliminate foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, the foods that are eliminated are often foods that are high in fiber and important nutrients. Usually, these foods are replaced with softer foods that are higher in carbohydrates and calories. Over time, this nutritional imbalance can lead to overweight and obesity as well as serious health problems including Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Many patient-centered dental practices recognize that the cost of dental implants can be prohibitive for many patients who would really benefit from this revolutionary tooth replacement system. As a result, some dental practices are offering attractive financing options to help with the cost of dental implants and other procedures that are not fully covered under dental insurance plans. Pure Dental Health in midtown Atlanta offers state-of-the-art dental implants as well as in-house and flexible payment plans to help cover the cost. If you have missing teeth or are tired of putting up with a temporary, removable tooth replacement solution, call Pure Dental Health today to schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist, Dr. Justin Scott.
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