1. Dental Implants Are Better Than Bridges Or Dentures
Dental implants, bridges or dentures replace teeth that are missing.
If a bridge is placed where the teeth are missing that two neighboring teeth need to be filed down, and this makes them weak and can cause decay.
Bridges may need to be replaced a few times throughout a person’s lifetime but an implant is resilient and doesn’t need to be replaced.
Dentures can have issues fitting in the correct spots and can cause a problem with taste or make annoying sounds when you are talking. If you decide to have a dental implant, a titanium screw is put in the jawbone and then the dentist attaches a prosthetic tooth. If the implant is properly placed then there are no physical issues and it can last a lifetime – which is MUCH more cost effective than replacing a bridge (which is common ever 5-10 years)
2. Costs Are Higher
Implants cost a lot more than bridges or dentures and it’s not a quick process in the slightest. Insurance companies do not always cover dental implants, so check with your families providers.
Dental implants costing between $3,000 to $5,000 per tooth and dentist usually refer a patient to an oral surgeon, periodontist, or prosthodontist to place the implants. It’s a good idea to pay a dentist or surgeon that has specialized training to place an implant close to a nerve or a sinus cavity.
When you have a dental implant placed within your bone, you will be given an anesthesia and you should have someone available to drive you home.
3. Implants Are Not All The Same – And This Will Affect Costs
Implants that are made from the original Swedish manufacturer have a 90% higher success rate than other dental implants. Generic implants are cheaper but they have not been studied for effectiveness yet and it is important to ask the dentist what the success rate is of the implants that he/she will be using.
You get what you pay for when it comes to dental implants, so be wise and invest in quality.
4. Look For Discounts
There are discount plans like DentalPlans.com and Brighter.com that you can join for an annual fee of $80-100. They offer a 15% to 25% discount on implants but you should always ask about availability and the pricing discounts before you sign up.
Search for a local school by visiting the American Dental Association website; Some advanced students in an oral-surgery program can do implants under supervision for a much lower cost.
5. Timing Makes a Difference
It’s a two-part process to have an implant placed, the first part is the implant, and then 8 to 12 weeks later a crown is placed to cover the implant.
If you know you are going to need a dental implant you should schedule your first procedure at the end of a calendar year and then have the crowns placed to cover the implant the next year.… Read the rest