Are Dental Implants Really That Expensive?
When anyone talks about undergoing treatment for dental implants in Richmond or anywhere else in the country, one of the first reactions that others give is something like… “Ouch! How much is that costing you”?.There’s no getting away from the fact that if you decide to opt for dental implants as a form of tooth replacement then you should be expecting to pay anywhere between £900 and £2500 per tooth and although this sounds a lot, and is in fact 3-5 times more expensive than any other form of tooth replacement, there are many other factors to take into consideration. So let’s take a look at what your money actually buys
A dental implant is made from titanium (amongst other materials). Titanium has many great properties, but one of the most fascinating is its ability to fuse with natural bone tissue. This is a process known as osseointegration and is vital to the success of an implant. When this happens it produces a super-strong platform upon which to place a porcelain crown. If cared for correctly a dental implant can last you upwards of 30-40 years. When you compare this to a standard denture where the life expectancy is somewhere between 10-15 years, you really are getting tooth replacement for life.
Natural looking replacements
A dental implant is also the only form of self-supporting tooth replacement. Unlike standard dentures or bridges which are either glued in place or are supported by other healthy teeth, implants don’t rely on any other support. For this reason they look, feel and even act just like your normal teeth. In fact with a perfect matching porcelain crown, any one who is not a dentist would find it extremely difficult to tell the difference between an implant and a natural looking tooth.
Here at Sheen Dental we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years with great success and our clients tell us that one of the main benefits is that they’re virtually hassle-free. This means no specialised cleaning routines or taking them out at night as you would dentures. Instead standard brushing and flossing is all it takes to keep your implants looking great and feeling healthy. In addition implants are secured directly into the jaw bone so there’s no need to worry about any slippage or embarrassing moments as you might find with dentures. You can also eat what you like with confidence.
Helps regenerate bone loss
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they are the only form of tooth replacement that can stop bone loss and actually reverse the process. When we lose teeth, the bone tissue that once secured the missing tooth starts to degenerate. If not dealt with degeneration continues and can undermine other nearby healthy teeth. When you have dentures fitted they simply sit on the gum line, and in fact they can actually accelerate bone loss, which is why they need continual adjusting. On the contrary, the osseointegration (bone fusion) process that occurs when a dental implant is inserted into the jaw line, has the ability to not only halt bone degeneration, but also to stimulate new bone growth.
As you can see, initially dental implants may seem expensive, but when you take into consideration that they are the only truly natural looking, hassle-free and long lasting alternative to our ‘real’ teeth, then they really are a sound long-term investment in our overall health and that has to be worth the extra cost!
For further information on how dental implants in Richmond can enhance your life, then contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk