October 1, 2013 at 3:18 am #288
I am posting this here for Steve who emailed me this question.
I lost my two front upper teeth. I have no insurance. Wondering what it would cost for two implants or a bridge. Just a idea so I can plan. I am looking for cheapest way. Money has been very tight for me.October 1, 2013 at 3:21 am #291
Based on our data, two implants would probably cost you around $7000, while a traditional fixed 4 unit bridge would be approximately $4000. Once you find a dentist/oral surgeon you’re comfortable with, ask what you can expect in terms of cost for both options to get a better idea as prices can vary quite a bit based on a number of factors. The biggest factor is the health and amount of bone available in your upper jaw which heavily depends on how long it has been since you lost your two front teeth as the density of bone deteriorates over time when it is not stimulated. If you’ve been missing your teeth for a long time, then you would have to factor in the cost of a bone graft, which would make getting a bridge the best option in your case. Consult your dentist to see if you would need a bone graft.
I understand that money is tight, but cost shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. While bridges are cheaper in most cases, they typically require more maintenance and don’t last as long as implants (7-12 years vs. 20+ years as long as you aren’t at risk of failure and care for them properly) and they don’t feel as natural as well. A bridge would also require having the two adjacent teeth “prepared” or reshaped which is done by filing it down see the dental crown procedure. Extracting or filing down healthy teeth in order to place implants or a bridge is not a good idea unless it is the only option.
Instead of comparing the cost of a bridge vs. implant, maybe you could consider getting financing through your dentist or a company such as CareCredit or applying to a dental school program to get the procedure you’d prefer done at a more affordable/reduced cost.
For more information, check out our detailed comparison here:January 23, 2014 at 11:36 am #345
Implants cost between 1,500 and 2,000 per tooth, so you should go to a experienced dentist for tooth implantation. It looks like real teeth.August 27, 2014 at 9:42 am #578
Dental implants range from $4000-$5000, sometimes depending on where you live. Front teeth are often more difficult to restore well with implants. Where are you from?
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I had two front implants done. Bad idea!!! I asked about a bridge but of course they said 2 implants are better. I have an existing bridge on the other side in the front that looks great and is 20 years old. My 2 new implants look Horrible!!!! I went to a very good oral surgeon in my area.
Now over a year later my gums are way up high and I have to have my two crowns redone because the margin of the tooth is exposed not to mention how high the gum lines are! And guess what? You can’t have tissue put back because without a living tooth the tissue can’t survive. Just what I wanted to hear. So I went to another oral surgeon for his opinion and he said he never would have done two together because that little flap of skin between the two teeth will never be back. What was he thinking????
I called a friend of mine who’s brother is an oral surgeon in the same area. As luck would have it he fills in for the oral surgeon who did my implants. Right away he tells me that he can’t litigate it or something like that. I hadn’t even thought of a lawsuit because I’m not like that. But now I’m not so sure. Maybe my case should have gone to court or settled. Now I have to pay for new crowns again and I’m probably pass the time that would allow for a lawsuit. But I’m going to ask a lawyer and find out. Just not right!!!!
In my opinion, get a few opinions. I love my bridge and have had zero problems with it. Just say no to two implants in the front of your mouth. You will pay more and be less satisfied.
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