If you’re missing a tooth, you have multiple treatment options. Both dental implants and dental bridges can act as tooth replacements, however they are very different procedures. Let’s break it down so you can better understand your treatment options.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge procedure is performed as a restorative treatment for patients with extensive damage or missing teeth. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is placed in the gap of the missing tooth. It is held in place through attachment to the surrounding teeth. If you have lost a tooth, or have experienced severe damage, come see our dentists in Croydon who can restore your smile.
The cost of dental bridges can vary depending on a number of variables. To find out more about dental bridge costs, get in touch with our friendly team on (03) 9723 1100.
What is a Dental Implant?
Similarly to dental bridges, a dental implant procedure is a restorative treatment for missing or extensively damaged teeth. Dental implants are surgically embedded into the jaw, and over a few months, they will fuse with the jaw bone. A dental implant is designed to replace teeth at their roots, with a metal, screw-like anchor.
The dental implant procedure is minimally invasive, and it is completed in three stages across multiple months and appointments.
Unlike bridges, there are different types of dental implants:
- Single Dental Implants
Single tooth dental implants replace a single tooth. When treating a damaged tooth, it is usually better to complete the dental implant procedure at the same time as tooth removal.
- Multiple Tooth Implants
If you have multiple teeth in a row missing, you don’t always need an implant for every missing tooth.
- Front Teeth Dentures
Dental implants can be used to stabilise and/or replace unstable front teeth dentures. They can act as an alternative to oral adhesives.
Even if your tooth has been missing for many years, and the bone has deteriorated, we work alongside our in-house maxillofacial surgeon to restore your smile with dental implants.
Dental Implants costs in Croydon vary depending on factors such as the number of implants required, whether the treatment is All-On-4®, the complexity of the surgery and the patient’s private health insurance coverage (if applicable). For single and multiple tooth treatment, the typical cost of dental implants in Australia ranges from $3000 to $5000 per tooth. Our All-On-4® implant treatment starts at $18,000 for a full set of upper or lower teeth.
What is better?
While dental bridges are a great option, dental implants provide a more permanent solution, and can be used to replace a single tooth, or a full set of missing teeth. Our patients at The Fine Tooth Company often find dental implants to be more comfortable than alternatives such as dentures and feel as natural as possible.
To discuss the best tooth replacement treatment for you, book with us today to see a dentist in Croydon!