According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years in the US have at least one missing tooth because of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may feel embarrassed or even self-conscious about your smile. Aside from vanity, missing teeth can also cause other problems, such as discomfort and difficulty while eating or speaking. Fortunately, there are tooth replacement options for instances like these - either through dentures or dental implants. Unfortunately, the cost of dental procedures can sometimes be overwhelming and delay treatment.
The Cost of Dental Implants vs Dentures
There are a lot of differences between dental implants and dentures and one big factor would the cost – no doubt about it. Dentures provide a more affordable, low-cost solution so patients with missing teeth would often think of it as their first and best solution. However, in the long run, dental implants offer more benefits and would be worth your while (and money). Dentists would not give you a ballpark figure up front because costs for surgery vary based on individual needs. For the Indianapolis Dentistry clinic, Dr. Reese will be able to give you a treatment plan, schedule and base your cost from how many implants and how much work your teeth would need to give you the best natural smile back.
The cost of dental implants vs. dentures is based mostly on the procedure and materials used. The dental implant process involves several steps - a patient may need a tooth extraction, a bone graft, a tissue graft, the implant placement, an abutment, and the actual crown, or tooth. This type of procedure usually starts around a couple thousand dollars.
Why You Should Consider Dental Implants
Dentures may be an easy way to replace missing teeth but know that dentures, unlike implants, are not firmly anchored to your gums. It runs the risk of moving around your mouth, irritating your jaw and even causing sores. It also runs the risk of wear and tear so a replacement every few years is needed. When you consider the additional cost of fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement, as well as the disadvantages of slippage, discomfort and even pain, it is clear that dental implants are the better solution and well worth the additional cost.
Dental implants are securely placed into your jawbone, much like having natural teeth. It preserves your jawbone from having recessions and drifting of teeth to happen too – gum and bone deterioriation, jawbone recession and facial collapse are prevented.
If you are looking for an answer to tooth loss and have been considering dentures, take a closer look at dental implants. They offer superior cosmetic enhancement and a more natural and long-lasting solution that will allow you to eat and talk with confidence and ease.
We would like to lift this quote from a previous blog post again:
“Your teeth, like your fingerprints, are unique – no one else’s are the same as yours. Many options exist to replace missing teeth but only one – dental implants – can provide the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth.”
Choose a Qualified and Excellent Implant Dentist
Dr. Reese would be happy to discuss different options of using dental implants. He has been doing dental implant procedures for years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Reese is uniquely qualified to not only place the implants, but to meet your needs to plan your treatment to fit into your budget and expectations!