When making decisions about whether or not to spend money on a solution to a problem, it is very important to factor in the cost of ignoring the problem or doing nothing. These hidden costs are often overlooked and can lead to bigger problems and bigger expenditures.
For instance, let’s say your check engine light is on in your car and you take it in to the auto repair shop to find out what is wrong. It turns out that your radiator is no longer working properly and needs to be replaced. A new radiator, installed, will cost you around $300. Things are a bit tight at this time so you decide to ignore the problem and do not replace your radiator. A few days later, the engine in your car overheats and stops due to the fact that your radiator is not working properly. This time when you take it into the shop, you find out that driving the car with a bad radiator and allowing it to overheat has caused major engine trouble. The price to fix your car has now increased to around $2,500.00. In this case, the cost of doing nothing is significantly more than the cost of replacing the radiator!
The same can be true in the case of missing teeth. Teeth will shift toward the hole left by a missing tooth. This process can cause a destructive bite and can lead to severe jaw pain, broken teeth, and teeth that wear too fast. In addition, missing teeth can lead to gum disease by creating a trap for food and bacteria. Treating serious dental problems including a destructive bite and gum disease can be painful and expensive.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. When determining whether or not to spend the money on this revolutionary tooth replacement system, it is important to factor in the hidden cost of doing nothing. You may find that you cannot afford not to get dental implants.