If you are suffering from missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures, you’ve no doubt been attracted by advertisements for dental implants which promise to solve all your problems forever. They look great, they sound great, but the price seems huge compared to other options. Read on to learn what makes dental implants so expensive and why it is money well spent
Although dental implants may appear to cost a lot, especially when compared to alternatives such as traditional crowns and bridges, when you take a closer look at what the treatment actually involves and the benefits it offers, it is easy to see why it is well worth paying as much as you can for dental implants – it is an investment that will pay itself back time and again in many different aspects of your life, both personal and professional.
The large majority of adults with missing teeth experience low self-esteem and a loss of confidence as a result. In the UK, this accounts for a significant proportion of the population. Missing teeth can have an impact on your personal, social and professional lives. What may start as a desire to avoid being present in photographs may quickly develop to real isolation as sufferers withdraw from social media and choose not to participate in family photos on occasions such as holidays and birthday parties. This can cause people to feel increasingly alone, compounding the problem and even leading to depression in the worst cases. It is also not uncommon for people to avoid eating in company and even stop socialising altogether, which can also lead to the same problems, particularly for older people.
As regards your professional life, people with missing teeth have indicated that they are reluctant to put themselves under the spotlight, and often avoid giving presentations, taking the lead in meetings and pitches and interviewing for new jobs or promotions. As a result, they are not letting themselves shine and consequently missing out on opportunities they deserve – which often means they are not earning to their full potential.
Dental implants have been proven to help restore your confidence and self-esteem, meaning you could get much more out of life, as well as potentially earning more. Given these benefits, dental implants are certainly worth every penny you spend on them.
A dentist will always advise that missing teeth are replaced. Whilst oral hygiene, comfort and aesthetics are important considerations in deciding whether or not to choose dental implants, there is another more significant concern.
If you are missing a tooth for a long period of time, the jaw bone will slowly begin to weaken.
When you chew, vibrations travel through the root of your tooth and encourage healthy growth of the jaw bone. With a missing tooth, this no longer happens and eventually the jaw can begin to weaken and recede. As well as increasing the risk of losing more teeth, this can also make you look older than you are (often referred to as ‘early aging’) as your jawline slowly changes shape.
A dental implant consists of three key components – the implant, the abutment and the crown.
The implant is the most important part. It is a replacement for the root of the missing tooth and is made from biocompatible titanium. This means that it is able to fuse with the existing bone in your jaw, restoring strength and providing a solid foundation for your new tooth or teeth.
The abutment is mounted on the implant, allowing the crown to be fitted. The crown is the visible part of the tooth. This will be coloured and shaped to look and feel just like your natural teeth so that once you have completed the treatment, you’ll forget you ever had missing teeth. How much would you be willing to pay to enjoy a smile that looks and feels great?
Unlike many dental treatments, almost anybody can have dental implants. It doesn’t matter how you came to lose your teeth – from decay, an accident or simply as a result of age. It also doesn’t matter how old you are. The treatment will not compromise your remaining teeth, unlike alternatives such as crowns and bridges.
If you have lost an entire arch and wear dentures, implants can be used to support a fixed replacement. As well as significantly improving comfort, this will also eliminate the need for a plastic plate on the upper teeth – as a result you could also experience an improved sense of taste and rediscover the pleasure of eating.
Even if you have already begun to experience bone loss, this can usually be rectified and even reversed during treatment. In some cases, a process known as bone grafting may be required.
Here at Stella Maris Dental Practice, we understand that you may be worried about what your your treatment involves. We take very special care with all of our patients, especially those that are nervous about any dental treatment. You’ll be reassured to hear that all our treatments are carried out painlessly. Whether you are an existing or new patient requesting dental implants, you are in safe hands with Stella Maris Dental
If you would like to invest in dental implants but would like to spread the cost, you’ll be pleased to know that we have an attractive ‘Smile Now, Pay Later’ finance option. Do not let the cost of dental treatment prevent you from getting the best of modern dentistry – let us make it easy for you to spread the cost of your investment.
Why delay having the smile you dream of? Call us today on 0121 588 4541 to find out more or book your dental implant consultation.