Are Dental Implants Worth The Cost?
If you lose a tooth and go to your mirror to view it while you smile you will see how quickly your confidence can go from a 10 being highly confident all the way to 1 with no confidence. Not forgetting the way you start pronouncing words especially if they are towards the front and unable to chew your food properly which could lead to bad nutrition as you avoid anything hard or chewable such as meat or crispy vegetables and in the middle of it all not being able to just enjoy life and eat what you want and smile when you want too.
Are dental implants really that worth it considering the price? Dental implants are expensive and usually half the price in a country like South Africa where dentistry is very developed and meet first world standards in terms of quality. Dental implants are more cost effective in the long term unlike dentures. Dentures need to be changed every 5 years whereas implants last a lifetime and basically change your life and give you an improved standard of living. Unfortunately, bridges and dentures are outdated and an old fashioned option especially when it comes to the advanced technology today with dental implants. Bridges are not good because it can decay the teeth on either side of the bridge. Patients with bridges are a higher risk for gum disease. Dental implants keep the bone in your jaw in place making you look 10 years younger.
This beautiful lady is Amanda. She came to us very unhappy about her teeth. Her teeth were worn down and over the years became worse. She also had an over-closed bite which meant that her lips and cheeks were "creased" because of the lack of muscle and skin support. This was because of her jaw position. Her teeth had worn right down because of years and years of being afraid of going to the dentist, being very nervous and embarrassed at the same time.
Amanda then came to see us. Dr Huson assessed what needed to be done and a treatment plan and quotation was given to her. We also set out a time frame in which her new smile make over will be done.
Our treatment was to place implants and realign and repair what was lost over the years. She had temporary crowns placed just to get her used to the new bite and position and to test the aesthetics. We used Digital Smile Design (DSD) with the help of photographs taken prior to design her perfect, natural smile. All of this was designed onto models before we started any of the work. She wore temporary crowns to make sure she was happy with the look, shape and size of her new teeth and made sure she was comfortable with her bite. We then placed the finals crowns and she was given the option to make changes if she wanted to. We measured the difference in lip support and the facial creases and found that she was no longer over closing her mouth. We also made sure that the teeth fit naturally in with her skin complexion, age and shape of her face. Once that was done and made the changes required, we then cemented all the final crowns and checked her bite again to make sure she was still comfortable.
We also made a night guard for Amanda. This was to help protect her teeth from grinding while asleep. She comes for regular hygienist visits to help maintain that perfect healthy smile.
She can now talk, eat and smile normally. She no longer has to cover her mouth when she smiles. She looks more youthful and she is glowing with confidence and at the same time. Now no longer fearful of being in the dentist chair!
This is why we love doing what we do. A new smile make over brings a lot of emotion to our rooms because every transformation is life changing for our patients. We are very proud of being a part of this blessing everyday in our work.
Another happy client of Silver Oaks Dental Clinic who is now enjoying the smile she was dreaming over for years!
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