A Discussion with your Houston Dentist
Ok, so you’re considering replacing that missing tooth. Your options include:
- A single implant.
- A three unit bridge.
Understandably fees are a variable that comes into play when making an informed decision in considering a single implant cost. Often times; however, the “cheapest” or “easiest” option isn’t always the best for long term and may cost more in the end. Let’s explore further:
To replace a single tooth with a bridge will require three parts, or three units which consist of two anchors that attach the bridge to the teeth next to the space. The bridge is anchored and cemented into place by way of the anchoring teeth and is permanent.
The disadvantages to a bridge are that two healthy teeth must be reduced and ground down that would otherwise may not have need to be restored with crowns. . There is also a risk that a tooth subjected to high speed drilling could also develop sensitivity and pulp damage and could result in root canal therapy in addition to the bridge.
The cost of a bridge is approximately $4500, the same cost of a single implant. .
Now let’s compare treatment with a single implant crown. The obvious advantages of a single implant versus a bridge is avoiding grinding down healthy teeth as well as easier homecare maintenance. Another not so obvious advantage is the even distribution of chewing forces along the biting surfaces with an implant versus two teeth handling the biting force of the missing tooth Too much stress on a tooth can loosen a tooth or kill the pulp, either which could result in the eventual loss of the abutment teeth and entire bridge, or root canal therapy. In the long term we can see that investment in a single implant crown versus a three-unit bridge is more cost efficient in the long term. A single implant crown costs $4500. This breaks down to:
- Extraction (if necessary): $250 each.
- Stage I: Surgical Placement of the titanium post (the implant): $1750-$2300 for each.
- Stage II: The final restoration, the implant crown: $2300.
Some cases may require additional treatment, such as guided tissue regeneration or a sinus lift. Your Houston dentists are experts in implants.
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