Dental implants are not cheap, usually costing from $2,000 to $4,000 a tooth. And to make matters worse, most insurance companies offer little, if any, coverage for them. They also, like any other surgical procedure, come with risks and an uncomfortable recovery period. So, are they worth all the expense and hassle? You have probably already guessed that our answer as Hickory restorative dentists is yes! No other modern dentistry procedure is able to fully restore tooth function as well as dental implants. Below are some reasons why we advise most of our patients to pursue implants if it is within their capability to do so.
A modern dental implant consists of a titanium screw surgically implanted into the jawbone. The screw is used as an anchor for a crown, bridge, or full or partial denture, essentially replacing the roots of a missing tooth. The process is usually done in two stages; first, the metal implant is inserted into the jawbone and the surface of the gum is sutured shut. Then, three to six months later, the dentist verifies that the jawbone has successfully fused to the implant. If it has, a metal post or “abutment” is screwed into the implant, and a crown, bridge, or denture is added on top.
One of the key benefits of dental implants is that, when it comes to a missing tooth, they are about as permanent a solution as you can get. Because the implants are fused to your jaw bone, they’re very stable, and usually prove to be just as durable as your natural teeth, if not more so. When you consider the fact that dentures typically last for only about five to eight years, dental implants are a great choice for those looking for a long-term, permanent option.
Although dentures are much more affordable than tooth implants, they have many inconveniences which can contribute to low self-esteem or embarrassment. Dentures can slip around within your mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. They can also make chewing difficult or painful. Finally, removing dentures for cleaning is embarrassing and inconvenient. Dental implants allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence and without pain.
If you need a dental implant in Hickory NC, call Viewmont Family Dentistry today. Our skilled cosmetic dentists will advise you on the risks and benefits of dental implants so you can make the most informed decision possible about your oral health. Call us today to schedule your appointment!