A dental implant is an artificial structure that replaces a missing tooth with screw-like devices. Getting an implant is a good long term solution for a tooth replacement but the question people would ask is "How long do implants last?"
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, they can replace several teeth to hold a fixed bridge or they can be used to secure removal partial or full dentures. An implant provides a strong foundation for your replacement tooth and it should last you a long time with proper care.
If you have knocked out a tooth while playing sports or if you have lost a tooth due to decay, it would be wise to get an implant. If you don't replace the missing tooth, your remaining teeth will move and it will do more harm in the long run.
In addition, getting an implant will help you while eating. You don't want to have food continuously getting stuck in between your missing tooth.
You may need to consider getting an implant at one point or the other. Having a full set of teeth doesn't just look good. It helps with overall oral health so you will want to consider investing in an implant.
The price of getting an implant will vary depending on various factors. Some of these are:
In Canada, the average cost you could expect to pay is around $2000 to $4500 for 1 implant. Of course, the price will go up if you require extra treatment.
Yes, it is pricey to get a dental implant but it is definitely worth the money. Safeguarding your oral health is one of the best things you can do for yourself and it's a good investment.
Your implant can last you a lifetime if you properly brush it and floss it regularly. Getting at least 2 dental check-ups a year is also a must.
A crown, however, is expected to last around 10 to 15 years. But of course, proper dental hygiene will help extend the life of the crown beyond 15 years.
The life of your implant will also be determined by the location it has been inserted in your mouth. An implant at the back of your mouth will have a lot more wear and tear due to chewing.