What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw placed into the jaw to simulate a tooth root. This screw is left in place for a period of time while the bone of the jaw heals around it, at which point you will be ready for dental restoration. The artificial tooth is made to look and feel just like a real tooth.
Dental implants provide numerous advantages over other dental procedures. They tend to be more effective than bridges and dentures. Bridges require filling two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and more vulnerable to decay. Dentures often don’t fit well, which can interfere with taste.
A dental implant is as close as you can get to having a natural tooth in terms of feel, appearance, and effectiveness. It brings no physical downside and provides great longevity. Think of dental implants as a longterm investment for your health that will significantly improve your quality of life, although it may seem expensive.
How can I make them affordable?
Typically, dental implants are a two-step process. First, you will have the implant, or titanium screw, put in, and then you will have it covered with a crown six to 12 weeks later. Knowing this, one of the keys to saving money is to plan ahead. If you know that you will need dental implants, you can schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have the crown put on in the following year. That allows you to use two years’ worth of your pretax flexible spending account at work to pay a large part of the cost. That way, you can save up to 30% of the cost procedure, depending on which tax bracket you are part of.
Keep in mind that the costs of not getting a dental implant can be a lot higher than the costs that would come by not getting one. Ultimately, the procedure you decide to get is up to you, and you want to be satisfied with – not regret – your decision.
How can UAOMS help?
We want to make dental implants affordable for you, and we have payment plans and other arrangements that can help with that. One of the most important ways to save costs on dental implants is to find a professional you can trust to get the procedure done right the first time. You owe it to your health to get the highest quality care possible.
Please call our office today at 801-566-5117 to schedule an appointment. Our staff is trained to provide the treatment you need to smile, eat, and laugh with confidence.