This message from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about dental implants. One of the persistent misconceptions about them is that they are too pricey. Perhaps you have considered implants but think the price is too steep. Let’s talk about the cost of dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts that we implant into your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. When that happens they are a rock-solid foundation for one or more artificial teeth, even dentures.
Look At The Big Picture
It is true that dental implants are not cheap. But you need to look at the whole picture when comparing dental implants to alternative restoration options.
Dentures Aren’t A Once-and-Done Solution
There are many types of conventional dentures and a broad range of price points. While the upfront cost of dentures may be less, they need regular relines and occasional replacement.
A Dental Bridge May Not Last As Long
Dental bridges aren’t designed to last as long as dental implant procedures. With proper care they typically last from 7 to 10 years. An issue with dental bridges is that it is often difficult to clean under and around them. Because of this, some dental bridge patients develop tooth decay in adjacent teeth. Restoring decayed teeth can be a collateral expense if the patient doesn’t adequately clean the teeth and gums around the bridge.
Implants Are A Long-Term Solution
Implants last much longer. Though implant manufacturers won’t allow us to promise that the implant will last indefinitely, with daily oral hygiene and twice-yearly dental visits, they can last for decades. We have patients whose implants are doing fine even though they have been in place beyond the estimated life span. We invite you to schedule an implant consultation. We can discuss your oral condition and how long you can expect dental implants to last.
It’s important to understand that the crown placed on the abutment may not last as long as the post. A crown is built to last from 10 to 15 years.
Can You Put A Price On Beautiful Teeth That Function Like Your Natural Teeth?
Dental implants provide near-natural function and look identical to natural teeth. Implants don’t have the drawbacks of dentures. They don’t slide around, restrict taste, or irritate gums.
Can You Put A Price On Your Face?
Implants safeguard against bone loss that changes the shape of the face, causing the cheeks and chin area to sink. Bone loss can make you look far older than your years.
Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS are durable, and a valuable investment because they have such a profound effect on quality of life. We have placed them in patients throughout San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay, who also come to us for general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!