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Single Tooth Implants: The Cost Effective Three-Unit Bridge

Dental implants are considered the ultimate solution for tooth replacement, especially when a single tooth needs to be replaced. Traditionally, the best replacement for a single missing tooth was a three-tooth bridge, better known as a three-unit bridge. This type of restoration works by linking three false teeth together. The middle tooth of the three is used to bridge the gap. Even though this type of restoration was considered state-of-the-art for many years, it had its limitations. For instance, the fabrication of a three-unit bridge required the teeth on both sides of the gap to be whittled down to allow for the false teeth to be slipped over the top of the teeth. Because the three teeth are linked together, they cannot be cleaned in the same way as normal teeth. In addition, they require special dental cleaning tools in order to maintain a healthy gum tissue.

Today, dental implants are the first choice to replace missing teeth. In the case of a single missing tooth, a dental implant can be placed in the jawbone area of the missing tooth. The implant will serve as a replacement for a tooth root and an individual crown. The total apparatus is referred to as a single-tooth implant crown. Once in place, the implant crown will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They are cleaned and flossed just like your natural teeth, and best of all, they do not require any special tools to clean around them, like bridges. Although dental implants will not decay, they require that you maintain impeccable oral hygiene.

Does an Implant Crown Last Forever?

Even though dental scientists are developing advanced materials to create a more durable crown, the old adage "Nothing lasts forever" also applies to implant crowns. Because each patient is different, implant crowns last a varied amount of time depending on the patient. Crowns that were thought to last only 3 to 5 years can last 10 to 20 years if meticulously cared for. On the other hand, crowns that should last for ten or more years can last only two years in a mouth that is neglected. The bottom line is that no one can tell you how long an implant crown will last, but if you take excellent care of your mouth and see your dentist every six months, you stand a better chance of extending the life of your implant crowns and other dental restorations.

How Does the Cost of an Implant Crown Compare to a Three-Unit Bridge?

The cost of a three-unit bridge can range from $2,800 to $5,000. The cost of a single implant tooth is approximately $3,000. If teeth associated with a bridge fail due to recurrent decay or periodontal disease, ordinarily, you must replace the entire bridge and possibly add a new filling or build-up of the teeth. The cost of any foundations under a new bridge will add to the replacement cost. If and when an implant crown has to be reconstructed, most likely, it would be due to the wearing away of the crown material. The only reconstruction cost would be for that of a new implant crown and would not incorporate any adjacent teeth. The cost over your lifetime would be much less than compared to a three-unit bridge, and is the most natural replacement for a missing tooth. 

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