7 Reasons You Should Choose A Dental Implant Over a Bridge

Dental patient looking in mirror at missing tooth

#2: Cost

It is true, that at face value, a dental implant will most likely cost you more than a dental bridge, however, the following breakdown may surprise you!

Also, remember, we are dealing with the human body? Yeah, you’ve heard that before. For both bridges and implants there are many factors that can affect pricing. The below cost is based on a general procedure with nothing added, assuming a 10-year lifespan of the dental bridge and implant crown.

Based on studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7% of people have lost their first tooth by age 17, and this increases to 69% by the time they are 35 to 44 years old. Based on this study, we will assume the cost calculations begin at 40 years old to count for the majority of adults who need either a dental bridge or implant.
As of this writing, these are the costs according to the usual and customary fees at all Station Dental locations, and are only provided as an example. If you have dental insurance your fees will most likely be much lower than the presented fees. Station Dental also offers an In-office Dental Discount Plan which will save on the below fees.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

A dental bridge essentially consists of 3 dental crowns. Two normal crowns on the supporting teeth and one pontic in between. That means 2 supporting teeth are prepared for the crowns and one large “combined crown” is cemented to the two prepared teeth, giving the appearance of 3 healthy teeth.

D6740 – Crown D6245 – Pontic D6740 – Crown Total
Age 40 $1,206.00 $1,145.00 $1,206.00 $3,557.00
Age 50 $1,206.00 $1.145.00 $1,206.00 $3,557.00
Age 60 $1,206.00 $1,145.00 $1,206.00 $3,557.00

How much does a dental implant cost?

What is often not said when you see a quote for a dental implant, is that the implant itself is just the “root” portion of the restoration. What’s really included in a dental implant is three parts, the implant, the abutment and the crown.

D6010 – Implant D6057 – Abutment D6058 – Crown Total
Age 40 $1,950.00 $900.00 $1,400.00 $4,250.00
Age 50 $0.00 $0.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Age 60 $0.00 $0.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00

As you can see, initial cost for a dental implant is about 15% higher than a bridge, but by the 10-year mark with upkeep, the implant has already become less expensive than the bridge. With the ease of care, the aesthetic quality, the longevity and overall improved quality of life, and now the cost, we definitely recommend a dental implant over a bridge.