If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, you are not alone. Everyday, many people all over the world consider this highly effective tooth replacement option. Dental implants have been around long enough for most of us to hear about their high success rate and natural appearance and function. In fact, most dental experts now consider dental implants to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. That is because they provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants offer significant advantages over other, less permanent tooth replacement options including bridges, partial dentures and full plates. Most patients are candidates for dental implants as there are few medical rule outs. Even patients with bone loss can be candidates for dental implants. However, if significant bone loss has occurred, bone or tissue grafting may be required before dental implants can be successfully placed.
For most individuals, the decision on whether or not to get dental implants comes down to cost. While it is true that dental implants cost significantly more than other tooth replacement options, the benefits far outweigh the extra cost for most people. In addition, many dental and oral surgery practices offer in-house and/or flexible payment plans to help with the cost of dental implants. Other individuals take advantage of funds in their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to cover the costs.
The decision about whether or not dental implants are right for you is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to help you determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants and whether or not they are the best fit for your lifestyle and your budget. If you have questions about this life-changing tooth replacement option, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon today.