Having dental implants placed is the perfect choice to substitute missing teeth. These miracles of dentistry look and behave like real teeth, and their durability is also a great advantage. If, however, there are more than a few teeth to be replaced, implantation can become a long and pricy procedure. But, if only supportive teeth are substituted with implants, and the remaining arch is filled by a bridge, we can combine the cost-effectiveness of bridges with the stability and longevity of implants
The Implantation Process
Implants are placed during dental surgery, best preceded by bone grafting. It is a procedure when special strengthening materials are implanted directly to the jawbone, to make it firmer and tougher. This way, the bone structure becomes strong enough to be able to cope with the implantation procedure, and to bear the weight of the bridge. Then, the implant, abutment and crown are placed, marking the end of the implantation process.
The most widespread method for an implant and bridge combination is called “All on 4”. In this case 4 implants support a full arch of teeth. Nevertheless, dentists should always observe the overall state of the patient’s mouth and jawbone, and decide whether 4 implants are enough to support the bridge, or more would be more optimal. When all supportive teeth are substituted by implants, the dentist can begin working on the bridge by taking an impression of the patient’s mouth, on the basis of which the bridge is crafted. It is then followed by the placement of this new bridge.
Implant Supported Bridge – Costs and More
There are many factors contributing to the final price of an implant supported bridge. The price of implants is quite unanimous in the industry, thus, it is easily calculable beforehand. Bone grafting and anti-inflammatory treatments, if needed, are additional procedures, which can add to the costs of the implantation process.
The price of dental bridges depends greatly on their type. Removable bridges come with a smaller price tag, while fixed ones are generally more expensive, but the comfort they provide usually make up for the costs. Another factor to think over is the type of crown the bridge is made of. Resin, ceramic and porcelain crowns are more affordable, and are also of great quality and appearance. The latest inventions, zirconium crowns are becoming increasingly popular, despite their high price. Its material is translucent enough to look very natural, and can also be adapted very well to the shape, size and color of the patient’s teeth. Besides all these, they are also extremely strong and durable.
All in all, the cost of implants and bridges are notably lower than that of implantation exclusively. Therefore, they are available for more patients, providing excellent results for a reasonable price. If you are interested, do not hesitate to book an appointment to one of our highly-skilled dentists for a consultation.