People missing one or more teeth may be experiencing depleted confidence and mouth pain. Eating and even speaking can be complicated by missing teeth. The loss of a back tooth may cause the jaw to sag down and look older. Dental implants are a great way to recover some of the functionality and appearance lost by teeth over time. The cost of this service can vary based on the number of teeth, the quality of service, and how much of the jaw needs rebuilding.
Why We Need to Replace Teeth
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth are like a chain. When one link breaks, the strength of the whole sequence is broken. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders such as gum disease.
When a tooth goes missing, the jaw bone around it retracts because it has no tooth to support. Since the process can sometimes take a while or patients wait until they can afford the next step in the surgery, so much of the bone can go missing that it can no longer support a tooth replacement. Bone grafting reproduces the bone so that an implant can be received by the jaw. The process of bone grafting can take months of visits. For that reason, a dental implant is considered a service more than a surgery.
Removable or Fixed Bridgework
The number of teeth missing or duration they have been missing will determine how much of the jaw has faded and how much it will cost. A bridge will be formed to attach artificial teeth to natural teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges can be taken out for cleaning but are less stable. A bridge also helps support lips and cheeks. The material used for crowns and bridges can be gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The cost of these materials can vary. Porcelain is the closest material to natural teeth and requires the most expertise to implant, so they are the most expensive.
Just one dental implant can cost $1500 to $7500. The cost comes from not only the delicacy of the science and art required to create a tooth that feels and looks great but also the sustained service required after the implant is inserted. With a high potential for failure, the success of an implant is heavily dependent on the experience of the dentist.
When one considers all of the above factors, cutting costs seems a little less important. Beware those practices that are on either extreme. There is little justification for those practices charging in excess of $2000 for the implant, or $2000 for the crown. Unless bone grafting is necessary, there is no justifying a single implant restoration where cost approaches $5000. However, it is concerning if the implant is $1000 and the crown is $1000. The procedure requires education, caution, and cannot be rushed.
Whether the patient wishes to use sedatives can also add extra costs and will determine how comfortable or easy to forget the experience will be. For exceptional dentistry in Boca Raton that will recover your smile, visit bocaratoncosmeticdentist.com or call (561) 999-0889 now.
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