Dental implants are like getting our real teeth back. They are strong, lifelike and generally last for a lifetime. That is the main reason why they are mostly recommended to replace missing teeth. They are, however, quite pricy, thus, placing many of them can cost a lot. That is when implant retained bridges are thought to be the best solution for the problem. In this case, only supportive teeth are replaced with implants, and the remaining arch of teeth is substituted by a bridge. This reduces the cost, time and pain drastically, while providing strength, durability and good looks similar to that of implants.
The Procedure of Getting Implant Retained Bridges
The process always begins with the placement of dental implants. First, the implant itself gets placed to the jawbone, preceded by bone grafting, if needed. Then, the tailor-made crown is attached to it with the help of the abutment. After checking if the implants are firm enough to support the weight of the bridge, it can be placed, and the process is finished.
A type of implant retained bridge called “All on 4” is the most generally used, meaning, 4 implants carry an arch of teeth. Nevertheless, dentists might use a differing number of implants after taking the overall condition of the patient’s teeth and jawbone into consideration. They might also recommend bone grafting to make the jaw stronger, so that it provides a strong base, and is tough enough to hold the implants and, consequently, the bridge in place for a long time.
Dental Crowns: Cost that Makes a Difference
In the case of implant retained bridges, implants make up for most of the overall cost. The material of the crown used for the dental bridge also influences the final price. Resin or ceramic crowns guarantee beautiful results and come with a favorable price tag. Porcelain crowns are a bit more pricy, but are also less likely to stain during wear. Zirconia crowns are made with the latest dental technology, making them extremely durable, lifelike, which also influences their price. Metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are usually inexpensive, but are not suggested to be used, mainly because of their artificial looks and unsatisfactory durability.
The final costs also depend on the bio-mechanical state and overall health of the patient’s mouth and jawbone. If the bone structure is weak, therefore, bone grafting is needed, or there are some issues, like gum inflammation that require treatment, these can add to the amount at the end.
To sum up, the cost of implant retained bridges is much more favorable than placing several implants to replace missing teeth. This makes them a durable and good looking solution that is available for a wider range of patients. If you are thinking about having implant retained bridges, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions, and book an appointment to one of our highly-skilled dentists for a consultation.