The short answer is â€œIt depends.â€
What does it depend on?
Placing a dental implant requires a number of steps, generally involving several professionals.
While Bridges and Dentures are less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options often have considerable continuing expenses. Bridges, by their structure, cut down the neighboring abutment teeth - which can lead to weakness and repeated treatments. Dentures cannot preserve the jaw bone the way Dental Implants can, so the jaw shrinks as the bone is resorbed, leading to ill-fitting Dentures and repeated rounds of re-fitting and re-placing. Over a lifetime, Dental Implants can be the cost-effective as well as esthetic choice.
First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover.
There are health care credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants. Drs. Benninger, Schween and Schmidt participate with CareCredit. Please ask one of our staff members for more information.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you from looking old before your time.
Youâ€™ll want to discuss all your options with your dentist and oral surgeon.