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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
The advantage of getting an implant is that you are able to floss between your teeth, just as you do with your own teeth. An implant will also help to preserve the bone supporting the tooth. The other advantage is that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will not have to be prepared as they would to accept the bridge.
However, this is not a good option for everyone. Since implants require surgery, patients seeking implants must be in good overall health and have healthy gums. It’s also necessary for you to have enough bone structure to support the implant. When you see the dentist, you can be fully evaluated to see which option is best for you.
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth and the tooth above can drift or move out of alignment, disrupting your bite relationship. Shifting creates gaps where more food can be trapped, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Muscle-tension headaches, migraines, and pain can result from shifting teeth. Your dentist can recommend solutions that recreate strength and beauty while maintaining bite stability.
If you think you could benefit from tooth replacement options give our friendly Wilmington, DE dental office a phone call today.
YES!! Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for missing teeth.
Studies show that after ten years, 90% of the implant cases continue to be successful. Unlike bridges, there is no undue damage to adjacent teeth. Why cut two good teeth to replace one missing tooth if you don’t need to?
With bridges, you still get bone loss in the area of the missing tooth – the opposite is true with implants. Implants help maintain bone integrity. Because implants are stronger, healthier, maintain bone, last longer, and are not damaging to adjacent teeth, in most cases they are and should be considered the standard of care in any office.