By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
March 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing one or more teeth, you might have looked into tooth replacement options. Traditional options like bridges and dental implantsdentures might seem cheap in comparison to dental implants, the most effective and permanent tooth replacement option. Is the cost worth the restoration? Find out, with help from your Holland, MI dentist.

What are dental implants? 
From stone to animal teeth, our ancestors have used some form of dental implants for thousands of years. However, modern dental implants have been in use since the 1970s. While traditional tooth replacement options only replace the tooth itself, dental implants replace the root as well. A biocompatible, titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone below the teeth gives your new tooth a sturdy anchor on which to attach. Unlike traditional restorations, this stimulates the bone, preventing atrophy. It also allows for the most life-like and natural-feeling prosthetic tooth available.

Are dental implants worth the cost? 
Yes, dental implants are more expensive than bridges or dentures, but implants give you the most bang for your buck. Dental implants do not require the compromise of any of your natural teeth. A bridge, for example, uses the teeth around it to hold it in place, meaning the teeth surrounding your gap must be shaved down to fit the bridge’s crowns. Additionally, dental implants, while your dentist may need to adjust them periodically, are the longest lasting tooth replacement option. Other traditional restorations only last around 15 years. You may pay more for your implant up front, but you will save money in the long run.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are, in fact, more costly than their traditional counterparts. However, implants have significant benefits over bridges or dentures.

  • Confidence: Never worry about your implant falling out or moving around. Eat and speak with confidence, knowing that your dental implant will stay put under any circumstances.
  • Permanence: Traditional restorations require more maintenance than implants. Over time, your restoration will probably need to be replaced. Your dental implant is made to last a lifetime, meaning you only undergo the procedure, and pay for it, once.
  • Convenience: Dental implants require zero soaking or extra care. Simply clean your implant exactly as you would your normal tooth: brush twice daily and floss at least once. Regular dental examinations and cleanings twice a year help to ensure your natural teeth and implant alike remain healthy.

For more information on dental implants, please contact your dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3946 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!