When it comes to replacing a single tooth, a dental implant is almost always your best option. There are many benefits that come with dental implants, but at the end of the day we also understand cost is an important factor when you’re making this kind of decision. To make your choice easier, this post will break down the cost of dental implants as well as compare dental implants with other tooth replacement alternatives.
Dental Implant Alternatives
For a single tooth replacement, there aren’t a whole lot of options available. In these cases, single tooth dental implants and bridges are the best options, as they both allow you to replace only one tooth without needing to extract any of the adjacent teeth.
For a single tooth replacement, there aren’t a whole lot of options out there. It’s really between single tooth dental implants or bridges as both will allow you to replace the single tooth without needing to extract any of those around it.
Dental bridges are formed by attaching a fabricated tooth between the two healthy teeth that are adjacent to the missing or damaged tooth, filling in the gap. Bridges, however, won’t replace the missing root tissue. This means the bone beneath your new bridge will degenerate at a faster rate than if you had an implant.
Dental implants are the only procedure that maintains the strength of the bone tissue underneath your tooth. This process is called osseointegration, and it means that not only does the tooth look good on the top but more importantly everything is healthy underneath.
If you decide on a dental bridge now, it could be more difficult for you to get a single tooth dental implant in the future because you’ll probably need a bone graft completed in the area where you had the bridge. Most dentists won’t recommend starting out with a bridge and getting an implant later as the procedure will cost more and take longer because of the additional bone graft.
With that in mind, here a comparison between single tooth dental implants and dental bridges:
Overall, most dentists will agree that a dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth, but when patients simply can’t afford the extra cost, a dental bridge serves as the best alternative.
- Price: Dental implants are more expensive, but unlike dental bridges, implants won’t ever need to be replaced. If you do the math, implants win the comparison in the long run. Even though dental bridges are initially much cheaper than implants, they often need to be replaced every eight to fifteen years. Calculate the cost based on how long you hope to have your new dental appliance work. Don’t make the wrong decision just because the cost is higher today.
- Dental health: Dental implants are great for your dental health. That’s because the implant post (the part replacing your tooth root) stimulates bone growth in the jaw. With a dental bridge, however, there isn’t anything to replace your tooth root. We understand that cost matters, but all in all we think your long-term health matters even more.
- Procedure time: The procedure for getting a single tooth dental implant can take months from start to finish, especially if you need bone grafting. That’s because your jaw will need time to heal between different phases of treatment. Because a dental bridge doesn’t require any surgery, you won’t need to wait for the jaw to heal before getting a tooth crown, and you could be finished in just a few appointments.
- Candidacy: Because dental implants replace the root tissue of your tooth, you’ll need a sufficient amount of bone tissue in your jaw to support the implant. Patients who suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis aren’t always good candidates. Even if you don’t have a known condition, your dentist will still need to determine if your jaw is strong enough for the procedure. Most everyone is a good candidate for a bridge, although your dentist will check the health of the two teeth that will be holding up the new bridge.
Overall, most dentists will agree that a dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth, but when patients simply can’t afford the extra cost, a dental bridges serve as a good alternative.
Single Tooth Implant Cost and Financing
The average cost of a single tooth dental implant in the US is about $4,250, but keep in mind that this number isn’t a final quote. There are many things that could influence the cost of getting a dental implant including X-rays, CT scans, or bone grafts.
At Dr. Stone’s, we understand that your budget is a key component when making a decision like this. We do have options to pay your dental implant off over time with CareCredit, and recently insurance companies have become more open to helping pay for what is often the best course of action. Talk to us before you rule out implants, they may cost less than you originally imagined, and there may be options that you might not have considered without beginning the conversation.
Whoever you go to should understand what an important decision this is for you, and they should offer you a free consultation. There’s a reason why you go on dates before you decide who you’re going to spend your life with. And hopefully you’ll be spending a very long time with the new dental work you’re having done.
At Dr. Stone’s practice, we offer complimentary consultations to new and prospective patients. We believe it’s important to sit across from the person who’s going to do the work. Dr. Stone has been practicing for over thirty years and would love to help you figure out what’s right for you. Schedule your appointment today.