A new report put out by the International Journal or Oral and Maxillofacial Implants reveals that dental implants can save costs compared to other traditional alternatives and that they improve the quality of life. The study looked at long-term costs, primarily comparing implants to bridges. It concluded that for single tooth replacement implants tended to be more cost-effective than traditional bridges. When compared with full dentures, implant based treatment yielded higher initital costs, but that in the long term implants can be cost-effective as well. Furthermore when looking at dentures versus implants, those who had implants tended more often to have improved oral health and decreased health care costs. This article appeared in Medical News Today, click here to read the full article.
Not sure what implants are or want to learn more about their benefits? Click here for more detailed information. Below are some quick facts we have put together to introduce dental implants to those who may be unfamiliar with them.
What is an implant?
An implant is a small post that is placed in the bone socket where a tooth was extracted or where a tooth is a missing. After an initial healing period to ensure that the implant integrates into the jaw a connector is added to the implant, called an abutment, where then a crown can be attached. (See photo below for a comparison of a natural tooth and an implant).
What are some of the benefits of an implant?