Initially, money spent on a tooth replacement might seem better put towards a new car or your investment plan. You might be thinking that a cheap restoration or ignoring your tooth gap would be the most cost-effective option. However, investing in dental implants to replace one or more teeth can actually save you money and your oral health in the long run.
When a missing tooth is not replaced, a variety of issues such as teeth shifting, speech problems, eating impairment, and face shape alteration can occur. The American Dental Association states that plaque and tarter build-up in shifting teeth can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Without investing in dental implants, oral health problems resulting from missing teeth may cost you more in the long run.
Because less expensive restorations such as dentures or dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root like dental implants, the jawbone can weaken and gums begin to recede over time. These restorations often require replacement every 7-10 years. Dental implants are designed to last permanently, if cared for with good oral hygiene.
Research shows that around 69% of people in their late 30s and early 40s lose at least one permanent tooth. If you are included in this number, consider investing in dental implants so that you can preserve your smile. To learn more about dental implants, call our Denver, CO New Image Dental Implant Center to schedule an initial consultation.