Seniors know, we must always be ready to smile during life’s precious moments. But keeping your pearly whites beautiful gets more difficult with time, especially if you’re one of many Americans over 50 who’re in need of tooth replacement

Restore your smile

Image courtesy of 4mdentalimplants via Instagram
Image courtesy of 4mdentalimplants via Instagram

Missing teeth doesn’t have to mean that you have to live with a gap in your smile. You can make the choice to replace them, without having to get fitted for uncomfortable dentures. Dental implants are the new normal in filling the gap in your smile, and best of all, they look and feel just like real teeth! They’ll have you back showing your best smile in no time, and enjoying all of your favorite moments.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made out of strong material, including ceramic and titanium, and are basically replacement teeth. They’re also perfectly fitted for whatever gap you need filling. In case you’re curious how they’re fitted into your mouth, there’s a four-step process for implanting them:

  • Using what’s there – Dentist’s will use the empty space from the damaged, or already missing tooth, so as to not alter the shape and make-up of your smile. This will also make sure your existing teeth don’t shift into that space, since it’s already filled.
  • Strong implants – A strong titanium rod will be fused inside the vacant socket of the tooth that needs to be replaced, ensuring there is a strong connection to your constantly moving jaw.
  • Over-the-top – Crowns are then placed over-the-top of the titanium rods, and fused together. These crowns are shaped (and colored) carefully to make it look exactly like it’s a tooth from your mouth.
  • Stellar results – By using the natural physiological make-up of your jaw, the dental implant becomes a permanent member of your smile, as if it was always there from the beginning.

If it sounds simple enough, that’s because it is. But because half of Americans over 65 have lost multiple teeth (according to Delta Dental), some folks will still be thinking that dentures, or bridges, are a better option. Let’s compare the different choices, and see which one comes out on top.

Dental implants versus dentures

Dentures date back to almost 3,000 years ago, and for a long time they were the best way to replace lost teeth. Bridges came along around the same time, and they were a moderate upgrade. But dental implants were invented in the 1950s, and are light years ahead of dentures.

  • Built for comfort – When it comes to replacing missing teeth, it’s not all about your smile. Of course, much of what’s important is how your replacement teeth fit. Folks who’ve worn dentures know how uncomfortable you feel if they fall out, or slip. Dental implants are vastly superior when it comes to comfort, as most of these folks feel like they never lost a tooth in the first place.
  • Built to last – If you’ve ever been fitted for dentures, and the dentist didn’t adhere them to your mouth with denture adhesive, then you’ve definitely felt the pain and discomfort of  having them shift around. What’s worse, is that if dentures are not fitted properly, they can lead to infection, or tooth decay. This is simply not a risk with dental implants, as they’re affixed to your jaw, and couldn’t possibly be stronger.

What are the costs of dental implants?

There’s an unwritten rule out there that dentures are cheaper than dental implants. That’s only partially true, and in some cases it’s just plain false. Let’s take a closer look to see which one is more affordable.

  • Dentures – They come in all shapes and sizes, and when it comes to dentures you definitely get what you pay for. Middle priced dentures typically cost $1,000-$3,000 for a full set, and for premium dentures, you’re looking at about $4,000-$8,000.
  • Dental implants – Dental implants also come in all shapes and sizes, but there is no variance in the quality. Dental implants cost around $3,000 per tooth, which is a lot of money to spend. But discounts for first time customers, and seniors, are available, and have been known to reduce the price up to 50%.
  • What else? – Dentures have been known to come loose and break. They’ve also been known to cause further tooth decay in the teeth you still have. It’s also worth mentioning that they require constant cleaning, which will add to the cost. Dental implants do require cleaning (by you), but the chances of them breaking are next to nothing, ensuring it’s a one time fee you won’t have to repeat.

How do I know what’s best for me?

If you’re asking yourself which one is better for you, then good for you — you’re asking the right question. Bear in mind that whatever choice you make to replace your missing, or decaying teeth, you’ll need to do some research before you make the decision. If you’ve chosen dental implants, then you’ll need to compare prices of different dentists in your area. Take your time, and see what’s best, and you’ll be back to your best smile in no time.