The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants published a report on the cost-effectiveness of tooth replacement methods, based on its analysis of studies conducted on the topic between 2000 and 2010. Fourteen of those studies regarding long-term costs were included in the report, which concluded that the use of dental implants is more cost-efficient in the long term than any other traditional tooth replacement procedures. The significant findings were reiterated in an article on Medical News Today:
The consensus of most studies was that, over the long term, dental implants represent a cost-effective treatment option. Additionally, patient acceptance, satisfaction, and willingness to pay for dental implants were high, particularly in elderly edentulous patients. A trend toward improved overall improved oral-health-related quality of life and decreased health care costs was also reported.
Dental implants are artificial, prosthetic teeth that are fitted to replace a missing tooth or bridge. Other teeth replacement methods like bridges and dentures are equally effective, but dental implants, despite its relatively higher price, are acknowledged to be ideal for long-term use. This particular attribute of implants translates to greater savings for patients who choose it.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a set of teeth, and can be done in two ways: endosteal, implants that are set into the jawbone using screws and cylinders; and subperiosteal, implants held up by a metal framework that’s set into the gums. The report differentiated single and multiple-tooth implants in terms of initial outlay:
For single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions were generally cost-saving or cost-effective in comparison with traditional tooth-borne prostheses (bridges). For patients with full dentures, implant-borne solutions were associated with higher initial costs than traditional (non-fixed) dentures.
If you are considering getting implants, several practices in Colorado, including the Cody Dental Group, offer dental implants in Denver. Note that you will be required to have good general and dental health, a strong jawbone, and healthy gums. Once you’re found to have the right conditions for a dental implant, you don’t have to worry about adjusting to this tooth replacement.
If you’re worried about the cost, don’t fret, because there are dental plans that offer discounts; many practices accept dental insurance and provide good payment terms. Getting dental implants in Denver or other cities in Colorado is hassle-free. Dentists are available to sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your options.
(From New Report Concludes That Dental Implants Can Save Costs and Improve Quality Of Life, Medical News Today, July 8, 2013)