‘Tis the season to care about others. Plans for your holiday get-togethers are well underway – and maybe you’ve made some good progress with your holiday gift list (or at least you’ve been thinking about which gifts will bring smiles to their faces.) Speaking of smiles, let’s take a moment from thinking and worrying about everyone else….to thinking about you and your smile.
After your recent dental visit, you’ve been agonizing about starting on the dental implant we’ve recommended. At this time of year, when your budget is under so much stress and strain, you may be thinking to put off any dental work till the holiday bills are paid. Somehow, you’re always last on your list. But, don’t think an implant will implode your budget. Here are some important facts.
Each dental implant is different and totally customized to you. Yes, it’s true an implant can seem expensive up front, but they are actually more cost effective over time. Dentures need to be replaced after a certain number of years. (And, take into consideration the discomfort sometimes associated with dentures, as well as their tendency to shift or slip -which affects chewing and talking. Dentures also can click, and sometimes even cause bad breath.) Bridges also are not permanent. They typically need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years. An implant is a permanent solution that will most likely never need to be replaced. They look and act like natural teeth, and require minimal care – just regular brushing and flossing.
Come in for your first consultation. We will evaluate important factors – like the health of your jaw and gums – and come up with a personalized treatment plan. We recommend you also speak to us about CareCredit, a healthcare credit card that helps you pay out of pocket expenses not covered by your dental insurance. With extended special financing options not available on regular credit cards, CareCredit also offers short and long term financing options. Our office is standing by to advise and guide you through the process.
Whatever you do, please don’t wait. When a tooth is missing, other teeth in your mouth have a tendency to shift to make up for the empty spaces. This process, known as “over eruption,” can cause bite problems, misaligned teeth and even bone loss. So, make a resolution to get your implant. Your merry and bright smile depends on it.