Lost teeth: What is the price of delay?

Posted on 2019-09-09

“I delayed visits to the dentists until I had no choice any more – I hardly could chew, I had to cover my mouth when smiling, and replaced business meetings by phone calls. I came here with great fear. The confidence and professionalism of the doctors helped to overcome the fear. I understood that they encounter such cases daily. They explained complicated matters in a simple way and split the treatment into stages. I planned the payment instalments and took the leasing offer. Today, I only regret that I did not come here earlier. I would have saved a lot of time and money,” says a patient of Kaunas Implantology Centre Ms Asta P.

The most common reasons for delaying treatment are fear and the high cost of implantation. Therefore, it is crucial to note that the cost of restoring teeth becomes significantly higher for patients who wait too long and delay treatment. Failure to do implantation and prosthetics in time can lead to inevitable adverse consequences: decline of the jaw bone, loss of support for healthy teeth, indigestion, changes in face proportions, etc. If you decide to restore your teeth with implants, the consequences of the delay must be dealt with by additional procedures for a lasting result.

Delay in treatment increases the cost of dental restoration

Gvidas Jankauskas, an oral surgeon at Kaunas Implantology Enter, points out that the jaw bone starts declining when the required load is lost. “When the bone volume is insufficient, implants cannot be attached. This means that the missing bone volume has to be restored by bone augmentation or sinus floor elevation,” says Gvidas Jankauskas. The doctor also identifies another common problem faced by patients who delay tooth restoration – misalignment of adjacent teeth. “If adjacent teeth change their position, orthodontic treatment or dental sanding may be required before implant surgery.”

Higher costs of delay

Delayed treatment costs not only more money but also a lot of time. Modern technologies of dental treatment allow restoration of teeth within one day. Unfortunately, it becomes impossible if the teeth restoration has been delayed. Due to bone augmentation and other more complex procedures may prolong the treatment process up to 8 months.

Implantation method is chosen after extensive tests

Each patient’s situation is unique, and a physician can only assess it during an in-depth examination. Today, modern dentistry is inconceivable without 3D computed tomography, which allows a physician to evaluate bone thickness, density, and other essential details leading to the best possible outcome.

During the visit, the doctor assesses the situation, explains the treatment alternatives, indicates terms and prices. Often explaining the situation and potential risks of delay, evaluating treatment terms and costs, and choosing payment options help you find a solution without delaying treatment.