If you lost a few teeth recently, then getting a replacement is probably your top priority. However, you might not know which type of replacement is best, since the differences between the most popular options can seem pretty strange. To help you figure out the best course of action for you, here is a comparison of dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges:
What are dentures?
Dentures are tooth replacement devices that can be easily removed from your mouth whenever you want. While this does give you a good deal of flexibility, it also means that you will be acutely aware of your dentures every day. They will not be in your mouth long enough for you to fully acclimate, which means that they generally won't feel as natural as other options.
What are dental implants?
Implants are the most permanent solution, acting as total replacements for missing teeth. The installation process can take several visits, but the final product will make you feel like you never even lost a tooth in the first place.
What are dental bridges?
Bridges are used in cases where you are missing one or two teeth between a pair of otherwise healthy teeth. The bridge is anchored to those healthy teeth, meaning that the stability and strength of the bridge depends quite a bit on the anchor teeth.
Like implants, bridges can feel very natural and can end up lasting decades as long as you don't sustain any serious injuries to your mouth.
How much does each option cost?
A basic set of dentures will cost you $600-1000 to replace all of your teeth, but a more expensive set could cost as much as $8000. If you want something in the intermediate range, then you will likely end up paying $1000-3000.
Implants will cost $2400-3000 for the implant alone, but your dental situation might require extra procedures, which could potentially elevate the cost to $10000. This ultimately means that four implants with no complications will cost you more than a full set of high-end dentures.
Finally, the price of bridges will vary depending on whether you are replacing one or two teeth. For a basic replacement of one tooth, expect to pay $1000-2000, and for two teeth, expect to pay $2000-3000.
For more information and options, talk with a dentist at a local dental clinic, such as Schirmer Dentistry.