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If you’ve compared the cost of implants to dentures, you may have concluded there are no affordable teeth implants near Arlington, VA. It’s easy to understand how and why most people reach that conclusion. After all, dentures are cheap, implants aren’t, what’s the mystery, right?
Actually, it’s not quite that simple.
Affordable teeth implants near Arlington, VA aren’t a myth, but to understand why requires looking past the things everyone assumes are true. Here’s how most people arrive at their conclusion:
First, dentures are cheaper than implants, but not as cheap as most people think. That’s because most dental insurance plans will cover part of the cost of dentures, which means your out of pocket costs will be relatively low.
Contrast that with the fact that most dental insurance plans don’t cover the cost of implants, and you begin to see how the conclusion is formed.
The thing is though, that you’ll only ever need one set of implants in your life, while even in the best of circumstances, a set of dentures won’t last longer than a year or two, so comparing one set of dentures with the cost of implants gives you a perspective that’s heavily skewed in favor of dentures when it shouldn’t be.
To get a better sense of the true costs for a proper comparison, you’ll want to estimate how many sets of dentures you’ll need over the course of the rest of your life, then factor in the cost of the time you’ll have to spend making periodic appointments to go get fitted, plus all the headaches and hassles associated with dealing with your finicky, high maintenance, fragile dentures.
When you do all that, affordable teeth implants near Arlington, VA begin to seem like more of a reality.
Plus there’s the fact that some dental insurance policies do offer coverage provisions for implants, and it’s well worth checking to see if your plan is among them. If it is, the next step would be to see if we take your insurance. We probably do, as we’ve worked hard to expand the number of carriers we work with. Currently, the list includes:
If your insurance company is on the list above, and you’ve got coverage provisions, you’re just steps away from enjoying the benefits of affordable teeth implants near Arlington, VA, which are superior in almost every way imaginable compared to dentures.
Even if your plan doesn’t have such coverage provisions, or on the off chance that we don’t work with your carrier, don’t lose heart! Affordable teeth implants near Arlington, VA are still a possibility. We can always enroll you in our Platinum Membership Program which offers generous discounts on most of the services we provide.
That savings, combined with the more realistic cost accounting we described above goes a long way toward making implants a much more affordable, cost-effective option.
There is one thing to be mindful of, and this is an advantage that dentures have over implants.
Getting dentures is a painless, non-invasive process. The same can’t be said for implants. It requires major surgery which we administer an anesthetic to you to perform the procedure, during which time you will be unconscious.
Most people are fine with that, but for some, it’s a deal breaker. If it’s a deal breaker for you, then dentures are absolutely the way to go. Assuming you’re okay with it, let’s do a quick comparison so you can see the why implants are so much better.
We said before that dentures are fragile and high maintenance, but what exactly does that mean?
Well, among other things, it means that you’ll have to take the dentures out of your head every night to give them a good cleaning. Don’t worry, your gums won’t let you forget more than once. If you do, your gums will become painfully inflamed and may even start bleeding. You won’t forget a second time.
Having dentures also means you’ll have to restrict your diet, which may mean saying goodbye forever to foods you enjoy. Corn on the cobb? Out of the question. Chips and salsa? No way. Any type of nut? Forget about them.
There are two problems with those types of foods. In the case of corn on the cobb, the issue is that your dentures are only held in place by a weak adhesive applied to your gums. The act of biting into a corn cob exerts enough pressure to defeat the adhesive in many cases, which will see your dentures pop right out of your head.
In the case of chips or nuts, the problem is that when you chew these foods, they’ll break into tiny particles with sharp edges. Some of these particles will invariably slip between your dentures and your gums, which they’ll cause pain, inflammation, and bleeding. Not a happy situation.
With implants, you don’t have to worry about any of that. They’re permanent fixtures in your head that are designed to last you a lifetime. They’re also low maintenance, so you won’t have to do anything special to maintain them. Just brush and floss as you normally would, and you’re all set.
Whatever you decide, we’ve got you covered. We can help you get fitted for your first set of dentures, or install implants for you, as you prefer. Give us a call today and let’s get started!