People lose teeth for many reasons. They may have a tooth knocked out in an accident, or they may lose one naturally or surgically due to severe gum disease or other oral health problems.
Even though a tooth is a small part of a person’s body, each tooth plays a valuable role in eating, speech, and self-image. When a tooth is lost, all three of those important aspects of life may suffer.
Replacing a Missing Tooth Is Important and Easier Than Ever
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. That’s more than half of the U.S. population! Through history, people who have lost a tooth have wanted to replace it, but there haven’t been many good options—until recently.
Dental implants are a perfect solution for people who have lost a tooth or even multiple teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They don’t require adhesive, and there’s no risk of them slipping or falling out.
Dental Implants Can Be Highly Cost Effective
Although partial or full dentures are good options for many people who want to replace missing teeth, they can be costly when worn for many years or decades. Dentures may become stained, chipped, or broken, and users must also fact in the cost of adhesives and cleaning solutions.
Dental implants often have a higher upfront cost, but can actually be less expensive in the long-run because of their permanent nature. Once they are implanted, patients can treat them as they would their natural teeth. That means the only maintenance they need is regular brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary foods that promote tooth decay.
Many Insurance Policies Now Cover a Portion of Dental Implant Costs
In addition to being cost-effective over the course of a patient’s lifetime, many patients also benefit from having some of the cost of their dental implants covered by their dental insurance. As the procedure grows in popularity and effectiveness, more and more plans will cover these life-changing implants.
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