As a long time member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), I am also an Associate Fellow who has completed a great many courses through its offerings as well as some of the nation’s most premier teaching institutes.
Established in 1951, the AAID is the first organization specifically devoted to implant dentistry and the only one that offers credentials recognized as bona fide. Its membership exceeds 5,500 and includes general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists from across the U.S. and in more than 60 other countries.
On the AAID web site, there is also helpful information for those who are considering Dental Implants: www.aaid-implant.org/faq/
Additionally, for those who wear dentures because they’re a better ‘bargain,’ I thought I’d share their explanation of: The Real Cost of Dentures
How much do dentures cost? Dentures are a significant investment, with a lifetime cost that could amount to thousands of dollars. However, it could be argued that the “real cost” of dentures is much greater. Consider the following:
The “Social Cost” to Dentures – Compared to natural teeth, dentures can cause awkward and embarrassing social moments. For example, dentures can slip at just the wrong time, such as when you are laughing, eating, kissing, or even talking.
The “Convenience Cost” of Dentures – Dentures cannot be cleaned like your natural teeth. Instead, dentures must be removed from your mouth and rinsed; your mouth cleaned; your dentures brushed; your dentures soaked overnight; and finally your dentures must be rinsed before placing them back in your mouth. And of course, you should handle your dentures carefully so you don’t drop or damage them during the cleaning process.
The “Health Cost” of Dentures – Your mouth and jaw were made for teeth, and expect teeth to remain in place. When one or more teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to lose bone. This can weaken the jawbone, and cause the shape of your face to change. Wearing dentures is no substitute for missing teeth in that regard because they aren’t part of your jaw, they merely parallel it.
If you don’t want to pay the “real cost” of dentures – the social, hassle, and health costs – there is an option to consider: dental implants. In terms of pure financial costs, dental implants are cost competitive with dentures over the long term, making them an excellent value. When it comes to the other costs – social, hassle, and health – dental implants can be far superior to dentures.
For example, dental implants can’t slip like dentures. Instead, dental implants become part of your facial structure, providing a strong, secure connection. Additionally, dental implants don’t require as much upkeep as dentures. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth, rather than removed from your mouth every night for cleaning and soaking.
Another advantage of dental implants is how they can help to keep your facial structure and good looks. Like natural teeth, dental implants are in direct contact with the jawbone, stimulating it, thus avoiding the loss of bone mass that can alter your appearance.
Visit the AAID web site to learn more. Or, call our office to arrange a free, private consultation to discuss your individual needs. During this time, I’ll make recommendations as to the implant system that will work best based upon your goals and answer your questions so you can determine the best ‘next step’ for you!