Dental bridges and dental implants, you hear them everywhere, but like everything in our universe, they are confusing at first. However, in essence, the concept is simple. The ambiguity stems from the terms being used interchangeably when they are not synonymous for one another. Both treatments differ in structure, uses and costs.
Dental bridges are crowns connected together to form a bridge-like structure. The treatment is ideal for those looking to replace more than one tooth. However, if patients are looking for implant free bridges, it is a requirement that between the gaps is a tooth at each end. The presence of teeth on each end is to position the bridge and secure it. In case all teeth are lost, dental implants can be made to connect the bridges. The material of the crown varies depending on the patient’s financial ability.
Dental implants are a two-part unit that consists of a crown and titanium root. The implants can be used to replace individual teeth or multiple teeth. The material of the crown ranges from excellent to mediocre depending on the patients budget. However, the best material is zirconium for the crown. Owing to its properties, zirconium is on top in terms of desirability.
Choosing the right material
The zirconium metal holds unique characteristics such as durability, non-reactivity, and strength. In practice, the features translate to, for one, no risk of reactivity with body fluids upon contact. Moreover, durability and resistance to chipping. Making the metal ideal for those with a habit of teeth-grinding. In addition, the metal provides an unprecedented level of comfort upon placement. The latter is the result of zirconium’s ability to mimic the characteristic of natural teeth.
For cheaper alternatives, titanium is a more economical option. Some patients even choose their crowns to be a blend of copper with titanium. Although copper takes away from the natural end look, it is a great way to save on some money.
In terms of expenses, dental bridges are more affordable in comparison to dental implants. As has been demonstrated above, dental bridges are consecutive crowns held together by a tooth in each terminal end. Although they can come as crowns alone, dental bridges can be a mix between crowns and implants. Where the crowns at either end come as implants. In this manner, the security of dental bridges is more secure. The latter is ideal for those who have lost all teeth and had none to support crowns.
Three things come in the final pricing of dental bridges: the number, the material, and the presence of dental implants. In the absence of dental implants, the costs are cheaper. From there on, the material and number become determining factors.
What about cost differences between dental bridges and dental implants? In essence, if the number of teeth to replace are identical and so is the material, then dental bridges are cheaper.
Dental bridges are consecutive crowns that come in a chain-like structure and replace missing teeth. Dental implants, on the other hands, operate for the same purpose. However, they replace individual teeth. In terms of pricing, many factors go into the final pricing. The first being, the material of the crown, followed by the material of crowns and finally the number of teeth to be replaced.
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