Did you experience a little sticker shock when you saw the cost of dental implants? Before you decide that this tooth replacement option isn't a good deal, consider these benefits of dental implants shared by Norwich dentist Dr. Jonathan E. Greene.
Dental implants may actually save you money
Titanium implants bond to the bone in your jaw and replace your tooth roots. Once they fuse to your jawbone, they aren't going anywhere as long as you take care of them. You'll pay for your implant once. Unlike dental implants, bridges or dentures may only last 5 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. Depending on your age when you received them, you may have to replace them several times during your life. Since costs only increase, your bridges or dentures may actually cost you double or triple the cost of implants.
Implants protect your oral health
Have you ever noticed that people who wear dentures tend to experience facial sagging? Sagging occurs because the jawbone weakens and shrinks after the teeth are removed. Your tooth roots keep your jawbone strong by constantly stimulating it. Because implants replace your roots, they provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong and healthy.
You may be tempted to just ignore that missing tooth, particularly if the gap isn't noticeable. Unfortunately, over time, the surrounding teeth will try to fill that opening by leaning toward it. When that happens, your teeth will overlap, making it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque. Implants from your Norwich dentist will ensure that your teeth remain upright, reducing your risk of tooth decay.
Dental implants are the most comfortable tooth replacement option
After your implant bonds to your jawbone, your dentist will add a crown on top to replace your tooth above the gum line. Because the crown is attached directly to your implant, comfort won't be a problem. You'll never experience the gum irritation that denture wearers notice if their false teeth don't fit well. In fact, most people think implants feel like real teeth.
Changed your mind about dental implants? Call Dr. Jonathan E. Greene, your Norwich dentist, at (860) 889-8427 to schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with implants!