Dental Implant or bridge, what should I choose?

If you have lost a tooth, you have probably considered or have been curious about dental implants. 

This guide may be helpful to you if you consider implant to be a costly treatment alternative and will help you clear the dilemmas.

A dental implant has revolutionized the field of dentistry. It has become number one choice and ideal method to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. However, lots of people are worried about the cost of the dental implant. The initial cost of the dental implant may seem higher than that of the bridge but one should look at the advantages of the dental implant over the bridge and long-term cost recovery. 

Cost analysis of Implant and Bridge: 

A single Implant with its prosthesis (Cap/Crown) would cost approximately 20,000 to 50,000 depending on the type and company of dental implant used. While a bridge would cost approximately 9,000 to 30,000 depending on the material used ( PFM/ Zirconia/ Emax).  Moreover, your two natural asymptomatic teeth adjacent to missing tooth will be cut. 

If we consider a time span of 10 years, an implant will still be functioning just like another tooth. You may need a small cleaning job around the implant as you may with any other tooth. However, considering the average lifespan of Bridge (8-10 years), we might need to replace the bridge, which will again cost approx.(12,000 to 40,000). This increase in cost is because sometimes we might need to make a longer bridge if bone loss has occurred around the supporting teeth, which will add to expenses. So, over 10 years this bridge may cost you 21,000 to 70,000 which is more than or equal to the cost of the Implant.  

So, even though the initial cost of dental implant appears to be on higher side, over the long period of time cost of bridge surpasses the initial dental implant cost.Moreover, you can start enjoying the benefits of the dental implant over a bridge right from day one. So make the right choice for yourself. 

Don’t get tricked. Consider it to be an investment.