Dental implants are one of the greatest innovations in modern dentistry. With dental implants, many people who have lost teeth can get their smile back and enjoy eating all their favorite foods again.
But many people who could benefit from dental implants don’t do it because they focus on the cost. And there’s no getting around it: dental implants aren’t cheap. But fitting dental implants in your budget is easier than you think. And with the longevity of dental implants, the cost is actually small. In fact, dental implants can potentially save you money in the long run.
Fitting Dental Implants in Your Budget
If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to fit dental implants into your budget, consider some of our financing options. These can spread the cost out and make the implants much more affordable.
In the past, dental implants weren’t covered by dental insurance. But more and more dental insurance plans are covering some of the cost of dental implants. They even help cover the costs of maintenance in many cases. We can help you look at your coverage and understand your benefits.
A Lifetime Investment
The cost of dental implants is definitely justified in terms of the quality of materials used and the quality of results you’ll achieve. You’ll enjoy replacement teeth that look and function just like natural teeth. This is something that was literally priceless at any time in human history before the last 50 years.
And speaking of 50 years, that’s how long we know dental implants can last. The second dental implant patient ever still has his dental implants 50 years later (the first patient had his for over 40 years before passing away). This isn’t an isolated fluke, either. Thirty-year studies have shown 100% survival of implants (overall, studies suggest 93-98% long-term survival). When you divide the cost of the implant over the expected lifetime, the cost is actually quite small.
Cheaper Than the Alternative
But what’s most remarkable about dental implants is that they’re actually cheaper than the alternative. That’s what a 2013 study concluded when it compared dental implants with dental bridges. Although implants are more expensive initially, over time dental bridges cost about 10% more.
Dental bridges are relatively long-lived alternatives, too. When you consider how frequently dentures may need to be replaced, dental implants seem a much better investment overall.
Health and Quality of Life
But you can’t talk about the value of dental implants without considering how much they do for your health and quality of life. Dental implants give you fully functional teeth that allow you to eat a full range of foods, including steak, corn on the cob, or fresh apples right from the tree. This helps you to maintain a nutritious diet, which is critical for maintaining health as we get older. People with dentures tend to make less healthy dietary choices because they have difficulty chewing fruits, vegetables, and less processed meats.
And with dental implants, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile, too. You never have to worry that your dentures will be out of place when you smile or that they’ll fall out if you laugh or speak loudly. And that kind of peace of mind is worth something when you think about it.
Talk to Us before You Decide
You shouldn’t reject a good treatment option like dental implants too soon. Take time and talk to a few dentists to really understand the likely costs and benefits of dental implants.
We have worked with many people who were initially reluctant about dental implants, and have been happy to see how they’ve felt their dental implants were worth it. If you would like to learn more about the value of dental implants in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Contemporary Dentistry.