Bridges, dentures, and implants replace missing teeth.
A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Dentures often have fit problems and can interfere with taste.
For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached. eDental implants hlp stabilize the jaw, preventing future bone loss and maintaining the jaw bone’s shape.
A proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity.
But you’ll pay more for it. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. Practitioners charge $3,000 to $4,500 for a single tooth. Most dentists refer patients to oral surgeons or periodontists for the surgical placement of the dental implant. The restoration portion (abutment and crown) is then referred back to the general dentist.
Some things to consider for those thinking of dental implants:
- Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant.
- For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system.
- Strict dental hygiene is a must.
- Dental implants may require surgery to prepare the site for placement.
- Post-surgery, you must allow the implant to take hold and the bone tissue to build up over the anchor.
- Patients are administered anesthesia and, sometimes, antibiotics
Take it one step at a time.
Don’t feel like you need to have all of the dental work done at the same time. If you can only afford to have the teeth extracted at this time, then stop there until you can afford the rest. Dental work is often done in stages, so it is feasible that you may need to pay for one stage at a time until you have completed the process. Even if it takes an extended amount of time, you won’t be burdened with the whole bill at once.