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A Closer Look at Dental Implants Cost

Dental Implants Methuen MADental care is always an investment. It’s not one that sits in your driveway to be admired by the neighbors, but it is an investment in your long-term health and wellness. Sometimes, the dental care that is needed goes beyond the exams and cleanings that keep your smile shining. Sometimes, it is necessary to replace a tooth that has failed or been irreparably damaged. When faced with the prospect of tooth replacement, cost is often the first thing that patients look at. Because we realize this, we want to focus on the cost of dental implants and what you get from this treatment.

A Lifetime of Use and Beauty

Tooth replacement isn’t about putting structure back where it has been lost. In the big picture, the purpose of replacing missing teeth is to restore normal function and appearance for as long as possible. Dental implants are small posts made of surgical-grade titanium that can sit firmly in the jawbone for decades. Most of the restorations that are used in dentistry don’t last beyond 15 years. Looking at the up-front cost of dental implants, then, appears much more affordable when viewed through the lens of longevity.

Comparing the Alternatives

The alternatives to dental implants are a dental bridge or full denture. Both of these options appear to be more affordable than dental implants because they cost less when installed. However, neither comes close to the 50-year lifespan that a dental implant can offer. One study concluded that a patient would pay 10% more over his lifetime to maintain a dental bridge than it would cost to install dental implants.

It’s All About Quality of Life, Anyway

As we mentioned, the big picture in tooth replacement is getting back the appearance and functionality that you once had. A denture that rubs against your gums and slides around in your mouth while you eat and speak doesn’t meet your need for functionality. The bone loss that naturally occurs beneath dentures doesn’t support long-term appearance. Dental implants do both because they are secured in the jawbone just like natural teeth would be.

Talk with your dentist about dental implants and what they can do for you. Call our Methuen or Windham office for your appointment.