hen is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive? The answer is, when it ends up costing far more in the long run. Many dental patients who lose teeth do not understand the importance of replacing them with dental implants. They believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically. Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:
“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”
Choosing the least expensive option for your dental needs will sometimes have consequences for your smile and budget.. If you are missing a tooth, you may be a candidate for implant replacement. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability. To schedule a consultation regarding dental implants, please call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 616-784-2377. In addition to implant dentistry, we provide cosmetic dentistry, comprehensive general dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics and Zoom whitening for families in the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker, and Rockford Michigan area.