If there’s one thing that we dentists understand really well, it’s the value of a tooth. We understand that each and every tooth in your mouth plays a unique and important role for your ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently.
The best part? You get those teeth for free! You never have to pay for a natural tooth to come in. In fact, you probably got paid by the tooth fairy when you lost your baby tooth! It’s easy to dismiss teeth as something that can be replaced easily, but there are some things you should know.
Today, we want to take a look at the problems that occur when you start losing adult teeth. We want you to think about the cost of maintenance versus the cost of replacement. Above all, we want you to also understand the value of each of your individual teeth!
Restorations are Great, But…
Now, it’s true, we have some of the best restorations ever created available. These restorations can make you look and feel like you have a natural tooth, but those restorations come at a price. It is much easier, in all aspects, to maintain healthy teeth than to replace missing teeth.
Cost: Without considering the benefits of dental insurance, a dental implant costs roughly the same price as 12+ YEARS of routine dental cleanings and maintenance. That’s just to restore ONE TOOTH!
Discomfort: Having a restoration like a dental implant placed is fairly comfortable, but not nearly as comfortable as staying at home, watching a movie, and eating popcorn with your
Having Natural Teeth Increases Your Lifespan
Maybe you’re not worried about the cost or the discomfort, but we hope you will take concern for your lifespan. Research from the Mayo clinic shows that people who maintain their natural teeth will live up to 10 years LONGER than someone who doesn’t. Ten years is a long time to throw away on poor oral health.
There are many reasons for this statistic. As we’ve stated before, gum disease is linked to many systemic issues like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. There’s also the element of diet. Someone with unhealthy teeth is unable to chew well, which makes nutritious eating next to impossible.
Routine Appointments Are Key
So what is the key to keeping your natural teeth? Your daily routine is a start, but the true secret is to maintain routine, six month cleaning appointments. They’re easy to forget. They’re easy to ignore. But those six month cleanings give us a chance to remove harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums, check for signs of decay and infection, and solve little problems before they get out of hand!
Set Up an Appointment Today
Are you ready to start taking better care of your smile? It’s never too late! Contact us today to set up an appointment. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, we hope that you can see how important it is that you see us now!
We can’t wait to help you have a happier, healthier smile!