Here are some ways people cut corners today that they may pay for later.
Choosing an Implant Dentist
There are a lot of implant dentists around, so finding the best one for you might seem like a daunting task. The thought of visiting websites for so many dentists, looking carefully at before-and-after images, and reading reviews can seem overwhelming–and time consuming. But it’s well worth it, because nothing will make more of a difference in your dental implant procedure than your choice of implant dentist. With the choice of the right implant dentist, your dental implant might last decades–even the rest of your life. But if you make the wrong choice, you might find yourself looking for a new implant dentist in a year or less.
If you don’t put in the time to find the best implant dentist, you will have to do it again.
Dental Implant Cost
There’s no way to get around it: dental implants are expensive up front. But if you invest in quality dental implants today, you will save money over the long run. Compared to dental bridges, dental implants are about 10% cheaper over your lifetime.
But you only benefit if you make sure you get quality dental implants. If your dental implants don’t last , they won’t save you money. So don’t go out shopping for a dental implant bargain. Chances are that it’s not actually a bargain at all–it’ll likely be much more expensive in the long run.
Dental Implant Restoration
If you have lost a tooth, it’s natural for you to want to replace it as quickly as possible. Nobody wants a visible gap in their smile or to have to wear a partial denture while the implant heals.
Unfortunately, you might have to, if you want your implant to heal properly. During the recovery period for dental implants, the metal post is being incorporated into your jawbone. This is what gives the dental implant its long lifetime: like your natural tooth, your dental implant is surrounded and supported by your jawbone.
But if you or your dentist rushes the procedure by putting an inappropriate restoration on top of the dental implant or by trying to do too much with an implant too soon, you could cause the implant to fail. You might lose ten, twenty, or thirty years of dental implant life because you couldn’t wait six months.
If you find a quality implant dentist, listen carefully to their instructions during your recovery period and you will be delighted with long-lasting results you achieve.