Why are dental implants such a great investment? St. Louis, MO dentist discusses cost and benefits
Whether you are missing a single tooth or are toothless, dental implants are a great way to complete your smile and to seize all the benefits that go along with that transformation! Dental implant-supported restorations, on their own, are well worth the cost. But, by partnering with Crestwood Dental Group in St. Louis, MO, you have peace of mind that your new teeth are designed as intended and built to last.
Why are dental implants a great investment?
With our modern knowledge of dental science and technology, we can recreate natural tissues. In the past, tooth replacement options were just that – they replaced or filled in gaps. Yet, they never recreated the design of a natural tooth. Implants are used to create a tooth that is indistinguishable in form and function from the tooth that grew with you, before it was injured by trauma, decay, or disease. The implants themselves are shaped like a cylinder and are made from a tissue-friendly titanium metal or dental ceramic.
Once placed in the jaw, the implants join to the surrounding bone naturally. Once a restoration, such as a crown or bridge, is placed on top of and connected to the implant, it functions like a natural tooth root. Your new teeth are effectively “rooted” in the jaw. You can eat and speak with your new teeth and clean them just like you would natural teeth. Plus, implant-retained crowns, bridges, and dentures keep the bone healthy and strong. They promote long-term health and wellbeing.
Are all implants the same?
No. As with all types of treatments, the materials and techniques that are used can vary considerably from practice to practice and patient to patient. Dr. James Maxwell never cuts corners on quality. He uses only the most durable materials to rebuild components of your teeth, from the implant to the abutment (connector piece) to the restoration itself. Additionally, the satisfaction and longevity that you get from dental implants is only as good as the planning and skill that goes into the placement of the implant. Dr. Maxwell has invested in many technologies, including sophisticated digital diagnostics, to precisely plan treatment. Implants are strategically placed to best support the teeth that will be connected to them.
How can I pay for implants?
If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, we encourage you to consider all the years of “use,” comfort, and satisfaction you will get from your beautiful, new smile. Implants also preserve surrounding natural teeth, unlike conventional bridges that require the alteration of neighboring, healthy teeth. Of course, we also appreciate that expense is always a consideration. We are happy to discuss options such as our membership plan, which covers preventive and diagnostic services and provides discounts on an array of dental procedures. Insurance plans may also cover at least a portion of the services that are associated with getting these replacement teeth. Out-of-pocket costs can also be covered with flexible financing through CareCredit.
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