Patients who experience tooth loss have a variety of treatment options available to them. It is important to seek consultation with your prosthodontist to consider all of your options and weigh the long-term benefits s associated with each treatment plan.
Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement method that dentists can offer their patients. However, many patients are worried that the costs of implants are out of their price range. It is important to carefully evaluate the long term costs and benefits of implants when comparing them to the alternative treatments.
Initially, the cost for implants may be higher than other alternatives such as permanent bridges and partial or complete dentures. However, this gap narrows when you consider the possibility that tooth replacements other than dental implants, may have to be adjusted frequently and even replaced.
With proper care, dental implants are designed to last a long time. Once an implant has successfully integrated with the jawbone, the implant will last decades. Unlike alternatives such as permanent bridges and partial dentures, dental implants integrate into the jawbone and mimic the biological teeth roots that they are replacing. This process, called osseointegration, prevents further bone loss or resorption. By comparison, patients with bridges, partial or complete dentures, continue to lose bone and these devices will need to be adjusted, relined and possibly replaced as the jawbone continues to change shape. These alternative treatments other than dental implants do not have any component that is analogous to a tooth’s root, and the jaw continues to wear away.
In addition, dental implants have no impact on surrounding teeth. Because they are integrated directly into the jawbone, they stand alone and do not affect neighboring teeth. Alternatives like dental bridges require crowns to be placed on adjacent teeth for support. This process necessitates sacrificing healthy enamel on those teeth which can require additional treatment down the road. Also, further bone loss can ultimately cause a bridge to fail long-term.
Patients considering dental implants should not dismiss this treatment plan merely because of the upfront initial costs. Be sure to weigh the long-term costs and benefits of dental implants.
To learn more about dental implant treatment, please contact our experienced prosthodontic dental team at SAN DIEGO PROSTHODONTICS. Dr. Harold Gulbransen, Dr. Scott Recksiedler and their qualified staff will be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your individualized treatment options.