Did you know that dental implants are often considered the most cost-effective tooth replacement option?
Many patients view dental implant surgery as an expensive convenience — not as a practical investment in the future of their oral health. But while tooth implants may come with a higher upfront cost, they are the more economical choice in the long-term.
No. 1: Dental Implants Help Preserve Oral Health
Oral surgeons have to cut healthy teeth down to a smaller size to anchor a fixed bridge. Shaving away the protective enamel leaves patients with an increased risk of tooth decay and infection.
Removable partial dentures have the same problem. What’s more, any non-permanent tooth replacement can rub up against the neighboring teeth, causing further damage over time.
But dental implant surgery doesn’t affect the other teeth in any way — implants are designed to be a perfect fit for the space left by missing teeth. Implant surgery helps preserve oral health.
No. 2: Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss
When your teeth are missing, you’re at risk for jawbone atrophy. Without the natural tooth roots to stimulate bone growth, the jawbone begins to shrink. Bone loss in the jaw can lead to problems with the remaining teeth — they may become loose or misaligned, changing your bite.
Dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone to act as replacement tooth roots. As a result, implant surgery helps prevent future bone loss.
Bridges and removable partial dentures sit on top of the gums. So unlike implants, these tooth replacement options do nothing to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
No. 3: Dental Implants Require No Special Care
Tooth implants can last a lifetime. What do you have to do to keep them in good shape? Just keep up your regular brushing and flossing, and see your oral surgeon on a regular basis. That’s it — no special treatment required.
Plus, tooth implants almost never need to be replaced. When placed by a specialist or experienced oral surgeon, implants are a permanent success for up to 98 percent of patients.
On the other hand, bridges and dentures typically require extra care and attention. And more important, because of ongoing bone loss in the jaw, these tooth restorations often need to be adjusted or replaced every few years.
With a bridge or partial removable denture, future tooth decay, gum disease and jawbone atrophy can add up to serious dental bills. Every time you need an adjustment or replacement, it will cost more money. Go with dental implants instead, and you’ll avoid those costs.
The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, are experts in the field of tooth restoration and can explain all of your options. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to find out if dental implants are right for you.