Q: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: At Cary Family Dental, your premier general and cosmetic dentistry practice in the Raleigh, NC area, we believe that it’s when it ends up costing far more in the long run.
Many who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad that the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the final solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the nearby teeth increases dramatically. The good news is that if you move quickly, a dental implant can substantially cut down that risk.
Dental implants are small titanium rods placed into the gums and jaw that fuse with your jawbone. The fusing, also called ossification, takes about three to six months to complete. Once the ossification is completed, we place permanent dental crowns on the dental implants. This process is called restoration, because the dental crowns is literally restoring your smile.
“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements,” explains Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry. “Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.” Dr. Scharf also notes that, “choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”
Our goal is to always provide our patients with the most in-depth and accurate information regarding your general and cosmetic dentistry options in the Raleigh, NC area. We would love to do the same for you. Please give us a call at Cary Family Dental at 919-371-4428 to schedule a dental implant consultation or to get any other dental concerns addressed.