Costly Replacements: The Benefits of Replacing Your Implant Or Bridge

Costly Replacements: The Benefits of Replacing Your Implant Or Bridge

Replacing missing teeth is important for both functional and aesthetic reasons. Dental implants and bridges are both fantastic options for replacing missing teeth. They utilize the best in dental technology and improve the smiles of millions of people. Despite high success rates, dental implants and bridges, they do need to replaced at times.

Dental Implant Replacement

Most dentists estimate that a high quality dental implant placed by a skilled professional can last decades to a lifetime.

Quality dental habits have a huge impact how long an implant lasts. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dentist appointments, is crucial. When a patient fails to keep the implant clean, bacteria can build up and inflammation can occur. If this inflammation is untreated, it can progress into peri-implantitis that can lead to bone and implant loss.

Smoking is a another big risk factor for those with dental implants. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that smoking can increase the rate of implant failure by up to 15 percent.

How do you know if you need a dental implant replacement? If your implant becomes infected, damaged, loose or falls out — it’s time for a replacement! If any of these things happen, get into your dentists office ASAP for an assessment and recommendation.

Another thing to think about is a dental implant warranty. Some manufacturers do have warranties that will cover the cost of a failed implant. These warranties do have very strict provisions though, so if you smoke or suffer from bruxism and do not wear a protective appliance, you will likely not be covered. And dental implants are not cheap! Dental Implant Cost Guide estimates that the average implant costs around $4,250!

The process of replacement involves removing the compromised implant and then preparing the site for a new implant. This can take several months as osseointegration and healing must occur before a new implant can be introduced.

Bridge Replacement

Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15+ years according to WebMD. And just like dental implants, good oral hygiene and regular examination by your dentist is key to longevity.

Bridges need to be replacement when the abutment teeth (the healthy teeth that the prosthetic tooth is attached to) are exposed to bacteria and develop decay. Bridges also need to be replaced when the abutment teeth or the bridge itself become cracked, chipped or broken. Another possible problem necessitating replacement is if the bridge doesn’t fit properly.

Sometimes your dentist can fix bridge chips or cracks if they are cosmetic in nature. For more serious damage, another option is to remove the bridge, send it to a dental lab to fixed, and then place it again. For extensive issues, a brand new bridge is necessary. Whether it is a simple repair or a total bridge replacement, it’s important that any issues with the abutment teeth are taken care of beforehand. A healthy, functional bridge starts with a healthy mouth!

Angie’s List estimates that the average dental bridge costs somewhere between $2,000 and $4,500. Repairs will cost much less.

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