Choosing Between Implants and Bridges
When it comes to alternatives in replacing missing teeth, you’ve got options. Aside from dentures and implants, you can also replace missing teeth through dental bridges. But sometimes, deciding on an implant and a bridge may be difficult and the important question to ask yourself is, “Which dental prosthesis is right for me?” Let us try to break it down for you so you can easily decide. But first, how do implants and bridges differ?
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root anchored to replace a missing tooth. After the protective cover screw is placed in the patient’s jawbone, it undergoes osseointegration – a process that usually takes 6 months to complete, where the implant fuses with the jawbone. After osseointegration, the implant creates a durable and stable prosthetic and can now be covered by a dental crown.
On the other hand, a dental bridge uses one or more adjoining teeth placed on either side of the gap as a support to fasten a crown that can replace/fill the missing tooth. In between the anchoring teeth or abutment teeth is a false tooth or teeth in between.
How do you know if you need an implant or a bridge?
Placing dental prosthesis such as bridges and implants pose eligibility requirements that must be assessed by a dentist before a patient undergoes implantation or placement.
Before a dental implant is placed, the dentist requires a CT scan or X-ray to evaluate the patient’s bone density, or if the patient has enough bone structure for implantation. Usually, a dental implant is placed after adolescence where bone growth is already complete. Smokers who would like to have implants placed are encouraged to give up smoking to increase implantation success. Further, patients who have chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and periodontal disease may need extra treatments in order to be suitable for dental implants.
Dental bridge candidacy is far less restrictive because the primary factor in determining one’s eligibility is the current stability and health of the surrounding teeth. If a patient suffers from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or if the teeth have cracks and chips, you may need to undergo additional treatments before the teeth are strong enough to support a dental bridge.
Cost of Implants vs Bridges
Most of the time, the cost is the deciding factor when it comes to selecting the best treatment option for missing teeth.
Dental implants are considered one of the most costly dental procedures. In dental clinics such Tijuana and Los Algodones, the cost of standard titanium implant starts from $800 to $1,092. If it is a titanium dental implant with an abutment and standard crown, prices start at $1,100 up to $1,399 per implant. On the other hand, a fixed dental bridge definitely costs less than a dental implant and can range $160 to $980.
These prices only include the implant, abutment and crown but do not include additional treatments required.
Other deciding factors to consider
You also have to take note of the restrictive nature of dental implant eligibility; the implantation process takes longer to be completed and may cost more than a dental bridge. Compared to a dental implant, a bridge may last between 10 and 20 years before it needs a replacement while an implant last 40 years or longer if it is cared for properly.
Whether you decide to have an implant or a bridge, you can have affordable alternatives in Mexican Clinics! All you have to do is to contact us for more details!