Dental implants have become the state of the art in keeping a smile young and healthy, but until that priceless life asset is firmly intact as a part of you, there can often be a strenuous exercise in hesitation.
First, there is the age-old myth to put to rest. “Save the tooth at any expense” has lost its luster. A dental implant has significantly more longevity than a standard crown, and if the tooth has been repeatedly re-treated and weakened, the crown may be a short term investment of sizable proportion. Smiles built upon dental implants can be very cost effective when considered over lifetime dental care.
The second hurdle is often anxiety. This can be erased if the prospective patient diligently accomplishes their homework in advance. The long range success of a dental implant reconstruction requires the vision of a prosthodontist. This is the dental specialist who spends several additional years rigorously training in the three-dimensional engineering of the perfect occlusion. In the experienced hands and discerning eyes of a board certified prosthodontist, a patient should find the confidence that whisks away anxiety. The Pi Dental Center, with thirty years of experience, proudly publishes our success rate at 98%. Only undetected systemic abnormalities and excessive smoking post-surgically are contraindications to fully restored smiles. Never be afraid to ask questions. The more a patient understands about dental implant care in advance of the treatment, the gentler and more predictable the experience will be.
The third hurdle is time. We are a busy world always over-filling our schedules and not wanting to use leisure time for comprehensive dental procedures. That is why the Pi team perfected our trademark—Teeth in a Day®. We have streamlined the dental implant procedure to make it happen from diagnosis to delivery of the final custom smile in as few as four visits, and only one of these visits will require a day or two of quiet recovery.
The final hurdle and often the most insurmountable one is the cost of dental implants, and unlike other refined areas of new technology, they are unlikely to come down in price. Behind the scenes costs for the prosthodontist are very significant. The materials are high value products, and there are many steps involving many skill sets, not only of human beings but of sophisticated robots. Building a smile that perfectly fits a face, a personality and an expectation is an achievement. At the Pi Dental Center, there is more profit in our profile of success than in dollars and cents, but that is part of our make-up as compassionate, chairside caregivers.
The real thrust for pulling the trigger lies in understanding the value of the smile to human life. Our treated patients tell us everything from it made them feel younger and more vital to it totally changed their lives. A wonderful smile is magnetic. It attracts positive attention and changes the light in which a person is viewed. There is no real measurement for smile power, only that it makes an immeasurable difference that is completely priceless.
This is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. If you have considered upgrading your smile with dental implants, there is no better time to investigate. Our three Pi prosthodontists are wearing their talent on their sleeves and will welcome your curiosity. A casual, non-threatening visit to the Pi Dental Center might help you make one of the best decisions of your life.
By Joanne Balshi
Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA