Comparatively, getting dental implants is more expensive than other solutions to lost teeth, such as bridges or dental prostheses, but in the long run it turns out to be an excellent investment to improve not only our smile, but our overall health. Let's see why:
To begin with, dental implants are the only solution that replaces the root of the lost teeth. How does this affect us? This means that, in addition to offering greater stability than other solutions, dental implants stops the process of atrophy of the maxillary bone that begins as soon as we lose the tooth. Thus, dental implants prevent damage to neighbouring teeth.
Also, with the placement of dental implants we can prevent other consequences of bone atrophy, such as periodontal diseases, which are the gateway to bacteria that can affect our circulatory system, causing serious (and expensive) consequences in our health.
Unlike what happens with bridges, where there is a filing of neighboring teeth (which in the long term usually means the need for more dental treatments to rehabilitate those teeth) during the placement of dental implants there is no involvement of other teeth .
In addition, nutritional factors must be taken into account. With dental implants we can chew normally, that means we will not have to modify our diet, and therefore we can access a greater variety of foods without worrying, for example, that our prosthesis gets detached.
Moreover, dental implantology offers a solution even for those patients who already suffer from severe atrophy of the maxillary bone, patients in whom it is impossible to place bridges or prostheses. Zygomatic and pterygoid implants can help patients who have lost all their teeth and jawbone to recover the aesthetics and function of their smile.
When considering a treatment with implants, it is also important to bear in mind that a well-maintained dental implant can last for a lifetime, while bridges and prostheses have a much shorter life, which means a new expense every few years (between 3 and 7 years for the prosthesis and around 10 years for the bridges)
Installation of dental implants requires a more delicate and complicated procedure than other solutions to dental loss, that is why their price is higher when compared to dentures or bridges, but in the long run, for health, comfort and aesthetics , dental implants are undoubtedly a better investment than any other solution. Just do the maths!
In our Maxillofacial Institute we make a complete study of the mouth of our patients to evaluate the quality and quantity of maxillary bone, the type (conventional, zygomatic or pterygoid) and number of implants needed in each case, as well as the need, or not, of complementary treatments (periodontal, regeneration or bone reconstruction) that is why our budgets are always delivered at the end of a first exploratory visit.
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