April 18, 2021
Dental implants are among the most effective and reliable ways to replace missing teeth. However, they typically come with a higher upfront cost than dentures or bridges. For this reason, some people feel tempted to shop around for discount implants. While there’s nothing like scoring a good deal, when it comes to your teeth, cheaper is not often better. In fact, choosing discount implants could lead to serious health complications in the long run. Here are a few of the reasons why you should invest in a high-quality dental implant solution.
1. Increased Risk of Infection
Cheap implants may increase the risk of peri-implantitis, an inflammatory infection that can develop around the base of dental implants. Peri-implantitis causes the tissue and bone around an implant to deteriorate and can even lead to dental implant failure. Paying for surgical treatment for peri-implantitis would likely wipe out any savings gained by choosing cheap implants.
2. Nerve Damage
Research shows that nerve damage is also one of dangers of getting dental implants for cheap. In a study conducted by King’s College London Dental Institute, implant patients with nerve injuries experienced problems with pain, speech, eating, and kissing. Discount implants are not worth the risk of nerve injuries that lower your quality of life.
3. Integration Failure
Dental implants provide outstanding support to an artificial crown, bridge, or denture thanks to osseointegration, the process in which an implant fuses directly with the surrounding jawbone. However, discount dental implants are more likely to be made from materials that do not integrate with the bone as well. In addition, an inexperienced dentist may lack the knowledge and skills to ensure that the osseointegration process is a success.
4. Implant Breakage or Fracture
Cheap dental implants are made from cheap materials that are more likely to fracture or break. While your dentist may be able to salvage a broken implant with a new abutment screw, you will still have to pay for the extra procedure. In the worst-case scenario, your fractured implant will have to be removed entirely.
5. Injury to Adjacent Teeth
Opting for cheap dental implants means you are less likely to receive a personalized treatment plan. As a result, your dentist may place the implant along an improper axis or use an implant that is too large. This can put you at risk for injuries to the teeth adjacent to the implant.
In the end, trying to save money by shopping around for a discount on dental implants could end up leading to expensive problems in the future. While quality dental implants may cost more upfront, they are an effective and reliable tooth replacement solution over the long term. In fact, with proper care, quality dental implants can last for decades — or even the rest of your life!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry has over 30 years of experience helping patients rebuild their smiles with dental implants. He performs start-to-finish implant treatment at his Marrero private practice and uses only the highest-quality restorations. To learn more about the dangers of getting dental implants for cheap, visit the Lapalco Family Dental website or call (504) 784-6554.
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