Cost-effective dental implants | VDH Hunt Valley, MD

Dental_Implant_2_teeth.204153719_stdAre you missing a tooth? Did you know that over 2/3 of American adults are missing at least one permanent tooth?

Historically, missing teeth were replaced by either a fixed partial denture (a “bridge”), or a removable partial denture (a “plate”) if a fixed restoration was not possible. Both of these treatment modalities are viable options to replace missing teeth. But are either one of them the best option? Are either one of them the most cost-effective option?

A recent review published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants examined the dental implant restoration as a means of replacing missing teeth. Both single-tooth, multiple-tooth, and full-arch (denture) restorations were considered. Specifically, the authors were interested in long-term cost-effectiveness of implant restorations and long-term patient-based happiness of implant restorations versus more traditional fixed partial dentures and removable partial and complete dentures.

The review found that implant restorations for single teeth are often the same initial cost as fixed partial denture (“bridge”) restorations for the same single-tooth span. Additionally, the implant-retained restorations for single missing teeth required fewer revision procedures due to the patient’s ability to brush and floss the implant tooth the same way he/she does for a natural tooth. Bridges, unlike dental implants and natural teeth, require additional cleaning in order to prevent further breakdown of the supporting teeth, possibly explaining greater “down the road” costs associated with fixed partial dentures.

The review also found that the long-term costs of complete or partial dentures that clip into dental implants are less than the long-term costs associated with the same restorations without dental implants. Although the initial cost of the implant-retained dentures was higher than the non-implant-retained counterparts, there was less need for replacement dentures due to wear or fracture when the dentures were stabilized by dental implants.

Your dentists at Valley Dental Health would be happy to provide you an affordable dental implant solution. Dr. Rafat is a Board-Certified Periodontist and also holds a certificate in Periodontal and Implant Prosthodontics, and Dr. Izadi received 2 years of advanced training in both implant surgery and restorations. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, so feel free to contact us with any questions regarding dental implants or to schedule a free consultation.

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