Patients often ask if dental implants are expensive and to answer would depend on your perspective.
What’s the most expensive thing you purchased recently? Do you feel it was worth the investment? How long will it last you? Is it something you really needed?
Dental implants are an investment in your health. It’s as simple as that.
They help you eat food which nourishes the body. If your diet is restricted to the food you are able to eat then, your health could suffer.
Dental implants can also help protect your remaining teeth. Leaving gaps in your teeth can allow the teeth on either side of the gap to drift, they may become wobbly or the jaw bone where the gap is, will recede. (This is when the face takes on a sunken appearance, giving aging appearance).
So, what are the alternatives?
Leave it the gap – you are not bothered about looking older, struggling to eat the food you enjoy or your teeth drifting.
Replace the gap with a denture – a perfectly fine replacement which is available on the NHS. It can be uncomfortable to wear, becomes loose as the mouth changes shape over time and the tooth is prone to breaking from the palate if too much pressure is applied.
Ok, so what about a bridge. Yes, bridges are also available on the NHS. They involve removing some of the healthy teeth either side of the space so a ‘cap’ can be placed which supports a tooth to fill the space. Downside of this treatment is damaging otherwise healthy teeth. Bridges can fail and you have to be careful how hard you bite on them.
The final option is a dental implant. Fixed and secure, it will act just like a natural tooth, giving you the confidence to eat the food you want, prevent teeth from drifting and maintain bone density. With a success rate in excess of 90%, a dental implant is an investment in you and can last for over 25 years, if you maintain excellent oral hygiene.
For total confidence in your teeth, the investment could be from £2200, that’s £88 per year, £7.30 a month over 25 years. Is that expensive?
If you would like to have total confidence in your teeth, book a remote consultation with one of our dentists to find out if this is a solution for you.