People who lose their teeth often have to make the choice between dental implants and bridges or partials.
Very often they decide to go with the bridges because they think that implants are too expensive. What they don’t know is that when it comes to longevity, bridges are not as durable as the dental implants. In the long run they might end up spending much more than they would have spend on implants. If they decided to choose dental implants they could actually save money.
Bridges are cheaper …and it has a price
How are bridges cheaper while being “more expensive” in the same time? The answer is simple. Bridges and dentures endanger adjacent teeth and are not as durable as dental implant replacements. In time the bridges will negatively affect the adjacent teeth, which will eventually also need treatment. In some cases, even root canal work is required. Furthermore, bridges can bend and break and so have to be fixed or replaced. All these additional treatments will increase the costs to the point that choosing dental implants becomes the more cost-effective option.
Dental implants cost-effective in the long run
It is a fact confirmed by detailed of research from experts around the world that dental implants replacements are the most cost-effective treatment for missing teeth. No other solution has such high success rates as the dental implant replacement. Furthermore, no other tooth replacement procedure is as good for the adjacent teeth as dental implants.
Patients who have lost a single tooth are most often offered either bridges or dental implants. According to the reports in The American Dental Association (ADA), dental implants are much more successful (the average success rate is 95%) and last much longe,r from between 20 to 50 years. Most dental implants require the same hygiene regime as natural teeth, and a visit to the dentist from time to time if, for example, the implants’ titanium screws need tightening. Bridges, on the other hand, last on average about 10 years and during that time they need additional costly treatment and replacements, involving the further cutting down of the supporting teeth.
Bridges might initially appear to be the less expensive choice, but in the long run, they is not only more expensive than dental implants, but also compromise the health of the adjacent teeth. Dental implants involve a greater initial outlay, but offer long-term success and cost-efficiency, without compromising adjacent teeth. It is safe to say that dental implant replacement is the better choice of the treatment for missing teeth.