With a growing aging population in various parts of the globe, tooth loss may have become a common problem. However, while age might certainly be a contributing factor, it is not the primary reason why people lose their teeth. There are many more causes of tooth loss such as poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, disease, and even accidents.
The good news is that people can now replace their missing teeth with either bridges, dentures, and implants. In fact, many people across the U.S. from Los Angeles in California to Denver in Colorado have made use of at least one of these procedures. Dental offices like Cody Dental Group have also reported an increase in the number of people seeking dental implants in Denver to address their dental concerns.
In an article by Walecia Konrad posted at CNNMoney, the writer avers that implants are a great long-term solution to replacing lost teeth. Of the three dental procedures—bridges, dentures, and implants—to replace missing teeth, implants stand above the other two. Having them may be expensive, but implants last longer and ultimately come out cheaper.
A bridge involves filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and vulnerable to decay while dentures can affect your sense of taste and have fitting problems. On the other hand, implants involve a titanium screw being put on the jawbone before a prosthetic tooth is attached. According to Dr. Mark Wolff of the New York University’s College of Dentistry, a properly installed implant looks great and can last for quite a long time.
The cost for a single implant may be between $3,000 to $4,500, but studies have shown that implants have high success rates (90% or more) and this can more than make up for the initial expense. Most dentists also refer their patients to oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, or general dentists who have been specially trained to perform the procedure. However, there are also some newer, generic implants that may be cheaper, to say nothing of various discount plans that patients can take advantage of.
Although implants have many advantages, they’re not just for everyone who wants to have the procedure. A reliable Denver implant dentist like one from Cody Dental Group has to first determine if the patient is a good candidate for implant. This means that the patient must be in good general and oral health, with adequate jaw bone.
Indeed, if you want natural looking teeth to replace what you lost, dental implants are the way to go. You can be sure they’ll provide the best long-term solution to restoring that wonderful smile of yours.