Dental implants are the best way to secure your dentures. They provide a firm anchor, help maintain your jawbone, allow you to chew better, and provide better support for your facial structure. Implant dentures have only one drawback: the cost. And, to make matters worse, for some reason dental implants are often considered “cosmetic” and they are not covered by dental or health insurance.
This means that for many people implant dentures just aren’t in the budget. You might be tempted to put off getting those implant dentures and try to save up the money to pay for them, but this is one of the situations where financing is probably the better choice. Here’s why.
There are many things we finance all the time that it really doesn’t make much difference whether we get them today, tomorrow, or the day after. We will get a slight boost in our mood whenever we get them, but it won’t last long.
But with quality dentures, especially implant dentures, you will experience the difference every day. After a short period of time with less satisfactory dentures, you may realize that implant dentures are actually a bargain at twice the price.
One of the essential functions of dental implants is to stimulate your jawbone. Once your natural teeth are gone, your body begins to remove material from your jawbone. This process, called resorption, can put you at risk for additional consequences related to your tooth loss. Your jawbone may become fragile. Your appearance can be affected.
Worst of all, you may no longer be a candidate for dental implants. If too much bone is lost, your jawbone may no longer be able to support implants. What a terrible O. Henry-esque irony that, in the time it takes you to save up for dental implants, you may have the money, but not the bone to get dental implants.
And what will you do while you are trying to save up for your quality dentures? You will probably have a less expensive alternative. The problem is that cheap dentures can hurt. They’re not just painful–they can speed up your bone loss. And they can lead to jaw joint problems. The longer you wear cheap dentures, the worse these problems can become.
We already established that while you are saving up for implant dentures, you will experience bone loss in your jaw. If you are still a candidate for implant dentures, you might need a bone graft to ensure there will be enough material to support your implants.
Getting a bone graft adds more time until you can get your implant dentures, sometimes as much as six months of extra waiting and healing. If you get your implant dentures right away, you can avoid this extra waiting.
The additional procedures for bone grafting can make the dental implant process even more expensive. It may work out that by waiting to get your dental implants, you have cost yourself more money than you would have paid to finance the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about financing implant dentures, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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