Dental implants are a long-term investment that pays off very well.
With their convenience and realistic appearance, dental implants have become the preferred way to restore your smile, for both dentists and recipients alike. However, they are still relatively new and many patients still have questions for Dr. Michael Wing about their advantages.
The Denture Dilemma
For hundreds of years, removable dentures and partials were the only option for people who wanted to replace one or more missing teeth. In that time, dentures gained a well-deserved reputation for being uncomfortable and unnatural-looking, living up to the moniker of "false teeth." Today, many people compare the costs of dental implants versus dentures and question the difference in price.
It's true: dentures and partials are generally cheaper. However, you tend to get what you pay for. With all the removal, cleaning, soaking, and repositioning, dentures are high-maintenance restorations. They are also restrictive on certain foods both in and out of your mouth. Made of porcelain, dentures are very fragile. One false move at the sink and the entire appliance could need costly repairs. They also require extra visits to your Huntersville dentist's office for resizing as the jawbone beneath them deteriorates from a lack of stability.
While the initial cost of dental implants is more than that of dentures, their convenience, durability and contribution to your oral health is invaluable. Once the post of the implant is integrated within your jawbone, it will provide much-needed support in the pockets previously occupied by the roots of your teeth. The top of the implant, called the crown, also provides reinforcement for the teeth on either side of it by preventing shifting into the empty spaces. Best of all, the implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, allowing you to eat, talk, and smile effortlessly. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene are the only instructions that your Huntersville dentist will prescribe.
Your dental implant can last decades, even a lifetime with proper care. Starting the journey to beautiful, comfortable, low-maintenance restorations is as easy as calling Birkdale Dental today.