Not only do missing teeth leave you with a less than appealing smile, they can also cause a variety of problems that may have an adverse effect on your oral and general health. Replacing them can give your sense of self-esteem a boost, allow you to eat all the foods you love and stop the problems that huge gaps can cause.
Traditional dental bridges and full or partial dentures have been used for the replacement of missing teeth. However, dental implants have now become the choice method for replacement. They have several advantages over the traditional devices that over the long run, make them more cost-effective, even though they seem expensive.
Costs Involved with Dental Implants
The dental implant procedure requires several steps, and there are costs associated with each phase. These are unique to every patient. Your dentist will determine what needs to be done to complete the process for you and will share your treatment plan during a consultation. These are some of the variables considered:
- Initial examination and digital imaging for determining treatment plan
- Materials for implants and the crowns
- Location of the implants
- Bone grafting, if necessary
- Oral surgery for implant placement
At Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, your prosthetic will be crafted by one of our prosthodontists. We use the latest in dental technology and the highest quality materials to ensure that the finished product looks perfect and will last for decades.
Each patient has unique requirements for completing the dental implant procedure. Extraction of teeth and bone grafting are examples of procedures that may need to be carried out for some patients, but not all. Some patients will only need one implant, whereas others may need several. Your dentist will discuss with you all the variables that will pertain to your unique situation.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Up-front costs for dental implants may seem higher than traditional solutions. However, over time, dental implants are the better investment. Dental implants are superior aesthetically to traditional bridges and dentures. Removable dentures require a fair amount of maintenance, and they can become a source of embarrassment if they become dislodged or fall out when you are speaking or eating. As they get older, they may need to be relined. People often need to use adhesives to keep them in place.
Dental implants eliminate all of those issues. Implant secured dentures will stay put no matter what you are doing. You can eat all your favorite foods without worry or discomfort. When you take into consideration all aspects of wearing removable dentures as compared to having implant secured dentures, the investment in dental implants is worth it.
Implants for replacing single teeth also have the advantage of looking and feeling like a natural tooth. You can smile proudly, and no one will know that you had a missing tooth.
Missing teeth need to be replaced for optimal oral health. Using implants is the ideal solution. At Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, our prosthodontics are the experts at providing you with implants that look and function like your natural teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment, and find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.