Dental implants may not be for everyone. Aside from the costs involved, dental implant surgery and implant placement require sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, active gum disease or on strong blood thinners may not be suitable for implant surgery.
The good news is that there are other options for replacing missing teeth. Let’s compare some of these procedures.
Dental implants versus dentures
Conventional dentures are a cheaper option for tooth replacement. Dentures can be made of plastic, metal or a combination, and are attached to the mouth using clasps that fit over your gums.
A partial denture costs $220 – 460 per arch. Seniors with CHAS, Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation Cards will be happy to hear that they are entitled to the relevant subsidies for dentures:
- Orange: Between $50.00 and $170.50 per procedure
- Blue: Between $75.00 to $256.50 per procedure
- Merdeka Generation: Between $80.00 to $261.50 per procedure
- Pioneer Generation: Between $85.00 to $266.50 per procedure
Here is a quick comparison of prices for partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants:
Dentures, however, are not permanent and need to be removed from the mouth before bed every night. Some patients also experience a sensation of crowdedness in their mouth and difficulty speaking when getting used to dentures.
Should you prefer a more permanent and stable solution, you may consider investing in dental implants over dentures, which provide you with a better and more natural chewing experience. Dentures will also need to be replaced every 5 – 8 years, and these multiple procedures can add up in terms of cost.
Dental implants versus dental bridges
If you have a gap of one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can be used to replace them. The procedure does not require surgery and can be a viable alternative for patients with insufficient bone to place a dental implant.
Dental bridges will require preparation of adjacent teeth beside the gap to accept a dental crown. The crowns are linked to each other via a metal or zirconia framework spanning across the space, with a ceramic tooth built over it to cover the gap.
Should the neighbouring teeth on either side of the bridge be in poor condition, you may need to undergo root canal treatment before fixing the bridges on them, which is an additional cost.
Special flosses are also needed to clean under the bridge which may otherwise lead to decay.
Here is a quick comparison of prices for dental bridges, root canals and dental implants: