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Can I Afford Dental Implants?

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

It might be hard to believe, but the oral health situation in this country still isn’t where it needs to be. So many people struggle with their oral health, which leads to things like tooth decay, cavities, and oral diseases.

There are plenty of theories as to why people don’t visit the dentist as often as they should, from an underlying fear to having a bad experience as a child. But, not regularly getting your teeth looked at by a professional and having an oral examination can lead to unfortunate consequences.

As a dental practice, we believe that every patient should keep as many of their original teeth as possible. Unfortunately, things don’t always work that way. Whether you have lost teeth to decay, or you have teeth that are broken and need to be extracted, losing your teeth isn’t exactly a pleasant thing to life with.

But, dental implants can help.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are often the best option for patients with missing teeth. They are specifically meant to work with the existing bone tissue in your mouth to form a strong and sturdy “root”. This base acts as a platform for a dental crown, which will make your teeth look flawless.

Because dental implants are available in different sizes and even different configurations, they are extremely customizable and meant to fit almost anyone.

What Treatment Options Are Available Using Dental Implants?

Because dental implants can be used in a variety of ways, there are different types of implants, as well as different techniques to consider. Some of the most common include:

  • Implant-Supported Dentures: This is a fairly straightforward process in which traditional dentures are either supported by or attached to dental implants that are in the jaw bone. The dentures sit on top of the implants to give you the look of real teeth.
  • All On 4: This is an alternative solution for a full arch. Instead, four implants are placed within your own available bone. After following a modified diet for about six months so the gum tissue has a chance to heal and grow around the implants, permanent replacement teeth will be added, and you can resume your normal activities. This particular procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting.
  • Teeth in a Day: This process essentially streamlines implant-supported dentures. Rather than placing implants in the mouth, patients are fitted with either a fully-removable denture. It’s likely that the dentures will need to be adjusted a few times as you wait for a permanent denture, but this option makes it possible to have “teeth” right away without having to wait months.

If you’re not sure which of these options is right for you or you have questions about how they work, talking to Dr. I Stephen Brown or a team member at The Perio Group can help you to get the answers you need.

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

There is no concrete number when it comes to the cost of dental implants. They are a very specific and customizable process for everyone, and the overall cost is impacted by everything from the number of implants you might require, to any additional procedures that may be necessary along the way.

With that being said, it’s important to look at dental implants as an investment, rather than something you’re paying for as a “quick fix” for your teeth. They are a long-term solution that will impact and improve your smile and oral health for years to come. Unlike options like crowns and bridges, dental implants can last forever.

So, it is important to compare the cost with other methods to determine the right option for you. Caps, crowns, and bridges will need to be replaced every 5-7 years, while implants are typically meant to last a lifetime. Dental implants also are less likely to cause any future dental problems, while other methods can sometimes increase your risk of decay or gum problems.

You will only be able to determine your actual cost of dental implants by sitting down for a consultation. At our practice, Dr. Brown is always happy to talk with patients about the benefits of dental implants and whether they are the best option for replacing your teeth. Again, keep in mind that all dentists want patients to keep as many of their own teeth as possible. But, if your current teeth are in bad shape or you’re missing some, short-term solutions like caps and crowns may not be your best solution.

So, you have to be the one to decide if you’re ready to invest in yourself and your oral health.

Making An Investment in Your Oral Health

What does that mean, exactly? Essentially, it means determining what you think your smile is worth. It means weighing out the benefits of dental implants and understanding how they will impact your life on a long-term basis.

Some of those important benefits include:

  • They feel, look, and fit like natural teeth, so there is no discomfort or irritation
  • They are made to last a lifetime
  • You can regain your confidence if you’ve been struggling with your smile for a long time
  • They can prevent bone loss and actually stimulate new bone growth

So, to answer the major question; can you afford dental implants? The answer should be a resounding ‘yes’. Though implants are an investment and may have a high price tag upfront, comparing them to the overall cost of other options makes it easy to realize that they are often the best solution. You won’t have to have extra work done on them or have them replaced every few years. So, a one-time investment can allow you years of a brilliant, beautiful smile.

If you’re interested in dental implants or any other options for tooth repair or replacement, feel free to contact us for more information. Our team will be happy to answer your questions or set up a consultation for you.

Identifying the Main Causes of Tooth Loss

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Tooth loss is a traumatic experience, regardless of how it occurs. Teeth are a major part of our lives, from chewing the food we need to digest, to enhancing a smile with a strong showing of self-confidence. While it can be a very hard time in your life, the exciting news is that modern day advanced dentistry allows you several options when considering the replacement of missing teeth.

 

Dental (Periodontal) Diseases

Periodontal diseases are regarded as the most common cause of tooth loss today. The word periodontal means around the tooth, signifying the typical location of the infection.

There are many key factors that contribute to periodontal disease, most specifically daily habits that would affect the teeth. To be more specific, the disease is caused by bacteria that, along with mucus and other particles, form plaque on our teeth. While daily cleaning of our teeth such as brushing or flossing helps remove plaque, it does not remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. While it’s true that a professional cleaning done by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar, there is still a risk to your health if tartar is prevalent for too long.

Traditional treatment for periodontal disease requires blade surgery, extensive recovery time, and often leaves patients with scarring in the tissue affected. Dr. Brown is proud to offer the use of LANAP, a non-invasive laser gum treatment which serves as an alternative to traditional periodontal surgery.

To read more about periodontal disease, visit the section of our website dedicated to identifying and solving dental disease.

Trauma

Odds are high that you have experienced trauma to a tooth in your lifetime. Whether it’s from a sports incident when younger, or an accidental misplacement of your feet, any blunt force to the teeth often result in chipping or breaking off a tooth.

While trauma usually indicates a direct effect to the teeth itself, it can also mean as a result of outside influences affecting the jawbone, or other areas around the teeth. Individuals who have had defects of the jaw bone, such as following surgery or in an automobile accident, often require surgery to repair loss of jaw bone volume, which is often compounded with tooth replacement.

To learn more about how Dr. Brown helps individuals with tooth loss, visit the dental implants subsection of our website.

Congenital absence

The primary cause of congenital absence of teeth is widely debated, but is often agreed upon as being hereditary. How it comes to be is typically after a baby tooth falls out and there is no tooth to replace it. The teeth most often affected are the upper jaw lateral incisors and premolars.

You’ll often find that it is specific teeth affected by congenital absence, but in certain cases all permanent teeth are missing, making a full set of replacement teeth the solution.

 

Conclusion

There are many causes for missing teeth, but that doesn’t mean you have to live your life without them. It’s recommended to take steps to prevent teeth from falling out, but in the event of missing teeth, feel free to contact my Philadelphia office to discuss your options.