In today’s world, missing teeth is very common, but it does not have to last forever. Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth, a dentist may grind down the surrounding teeth and use a bridge to replace the missing one. Now, dentists provide the option of dental implants, which do no damage to the surrounding teeth, but are more expensive up front. When you are considering whether you want to try a dental bridge or implants, the costs are an important part of your decision.
Understand the Up-Front Cost
What many patients balk at is the initial cost of tooth replacement. What many forget is that replacing your teeth can save you money in the long run, as your mouth stays healthier and there is just everyday traditional tooth maintenance down the road.
The dental implant cost can vary significantly depending on your situation and your dentist. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. DeAngelo before making a final decision, but dental implants run between $2000 and $4000 per tooth. Most patients are required to pay the full amount out of pocket because most insurance companies don’t cover the cost.
If a traditional three-unit bridge is used to replace one tooth, the cost can bet anywhere from $2100 to $4500. A four-unit bridge has a much wider cost span from $2000 to $12,000. Because there is such a wide range, it’s important to discuss your situation with your dentist before you determine what’s right for you. Your costs could run less or more than the average depending on your situation.
While the initial cost can cause some sticker shock for patients, the long-term benefits far outweigh the expense. Once your missing teeth are replaced, if they are cared for correctly they may last a lifetime. To learn more about which option is right for you, contact your Cary, NC periodontist and dental implant expert, Dr. Samuel DeAngelo for a consultation today.
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