Dental Implants vs Bridges
Are you struggling with which tooth replacement procedures are best for you? If you are, Dallas Oral Surgery Associates can help determine which method will best suit you. With tooth loss being widespread in the United States today, many people are living with untreated teeth that will only get worse the longer they neglect them. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort around your mouth, you should speak with an expert as soon as possible to identify the cause and begin treatment.
In cases when the tooth is unsavable, it may need to be extracted. We have several options for you to choose from to replace your missing teeth, among which the most common are dental implants and bridges. They each have their advantages and disadvantages, but one of the most important aspects you will have to factor into your final decision is the cost of each procedure. But first, how do these two procedures differ?
What Are The Differences Between Dental Implants And Dental Bridges?
Dental implants consist of a metal screw, typically titanium, that is placed into your jawbone after the roots have been removed. This screw acts like the root, forming a foundation after it has fused with your jawbone to support a crown—an artificial tooth. What makes them a popular choice is their durability, as they can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years or potentially for a lifetime. They also have a low chance of failure, meaning you are less likely to have them repaired or replaced, which will mean fewer return trips related to the implant. They are also considered to be the most natural-looking.
Unlike dental implants, dental bridges are not embedded into your gums or jawbone but instead consist of a crown that is suspended between two crowns, forming a bridge. This bridge is placed once the neighboring teeth have been reshaped to accommodate them, which is standard for crown placement, bridging the gap and restoring function and appearance. While this method may not be as long-lasting as dental implants, it can be more cost-effective when more than one tooth in the same area is affected by tooth decay.
How Do They Differ In Cost?
While each procedure effectively performs the same function and purpose through different means, they differ considerably in cost. Although dental implants may seem like an ideal option for the natural-looking appearance and longevity, they are also the most expensive solution and are less likely to be covered by insurance.
Without taking into account the costs of any additional therapies and treatments that may be involved, dental implants, on average, can cost between $900 to $3000 per implant—the crown is an additional cost. On the other hand, a dental bridge can range from $700 to $1,500, making it significantly more affordable while also being more likely to be covered by insurance.
There are many factors for you to consider before settling on a procedure. If you are unsure which one suits you, our staff would be more than happy to guide you through the process at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. Schedule an appointment or to answer any concerns you may have.