Dental Implants Can Save Money in the Long Run
Dental implants may seem like a more costly alternative to dentures or bridges, but getting implants may actually save you money in the long run. Your Englewood NJ cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor of Dental Arts of Englewood, explains why implants may actually be less expensive when compared to alternative tooth replacement options.
Bridges must be replaced
Bridges typically must be replaced after five to 15 years. Over the course of your lifetime, you may need to replace a bridge several times. When you choose a bridge as a replacement option, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth must be ground down slightly to accommodate the appliance. The grinding can increase the risk of tooth decay and may make it more likely that you will eventually need costly root canals on those teeth.
Dentures require regular maintenance
Your gums and jaw bone start to shrink after you lose a tooth. As the shrinkage progresses, your dentures may become loose. Relining or rebasing the dentures or getting new dentures can solve the problem, but will increase your costs. Keep in mind that the cost of dentures, denture maintenance and bridges will only increase as time goes on. When you choose a dental implant, you'll pay a one-time fee and never pay another dime after the procedure is finished.
The consequences of missing teeth can be costly
Some people decide that they'll just live with a missing tooth, but that decision won't necessarily help you save money. When there's a gap in your teeth, the other teeth drift toward the opening in an attempt to fill the space. The drifting results in crooked teeth or teeth of varying heights. Not only does this mar your appearance, it also can affect your bite or make it difficult to remove plaque from your teeth.
As a result, you may be more likely to develop gum disease, tooth decay or TMJ disorder.
Replacing a missing tooth promptly can help you avoid costly dental bills years after you lose a tooth. If you've been considering a dental implant, call Englewood NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Docktor of Dental Arts of Englewood at (201) 894-9998 and find out how you can keep smiling with a dental implant.