Cheap Options for Missing Teeth: Exploring Affordable Solutions

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Modern restorative dentistry is all about giving people the best, safe and cheap options for missing teeth replacement. To put it in a nutshell, it’s very “patient-centric” in its approach – it strives to come up with teeth replacement options that are fully functional, aesthetically appealing and pocket-friendly.

Hence, if you or anybody you know have missing teeth, you don’t need to stress about heavy treatment costs since there are so many replacement options for missing teeth, each priced differently to suit different patients’ financial conditions.

This blog will comprehensively discuss all such options so you and your loved ones can have their dream dental transformation without breaking the bank!

How Many Missing Teeth Do You Have?

This is the first and the most important thing to determine if you’re exploring your teeth replacement options. Some people have a single missing tooth, some have multiple missing teeth, while some have lost all of their teeth (either in the upper/lower jaw or in both the jaws). 

Your treatment will be decided on the number of missing teeth you have and the location of these teeth. For a single missing tooth, we have implant-crowns. For multiple missing teeth, we have implant-bridges. And for all missing teeth, we have implant-dentures. Let’s discuss each of these options in detail in the next section.

Affordable Options For Missing Tooth Based On Number Of Missing Teeth 

Let’s discuss the affordable (more details on this in the next section of the blog) and durable teeth replacement options for yourself depending on the number of missing teeth:

Implant-Crowns (For Single Missing Tooth Replacement)

To understand implant-crowns, you need to first understand what crowns are. Crowns are (tooth-shaped) caps that are placed upon a severely decayed, damaged, or broken tooth to restore the tooth’s functionality or appearance. They are fixed over the ‘remaining’ healthy tooth structure (of the tooth being treated), where the remaining tooth is shaped to accommodate the crown.

However, if a tooth is ‘lost’ (not simply broken/decayed/damaged as we’ve just discussed), then the procedure we’ve discussed above won’t be possible since there’d be no remaining tooth structure to hold the crown in place. In the case of a lost tooth, a different procedure, called “implant-crowns” is done to replace the missing tooth. In this procedure, small titanium posts (called implants) are surgically drilled into the jawbone, where they take the place of missing tooth roots. These implants slowly integrate with the surrounding jawbone (through osseointegration), after which they start acting like natural tooth roots. Once this integration is fully achieved, a crown is finally fixed to the implants, and your missing teeth are restored.

Implant-Bridges (For Multiple Missing Teeth Replacement)

Implant bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth (missing teeth that are consecutive). Let’s say you have 3 missing teeth, and all of them are in consecutive sequence in your mouth. To replace these teeth, implants would be surgically inserted at the 1st and the 3rd teeth position in the jawbone, leaving the middle teeth space empty. Once these implants have healed and have properly fused with the surrounding jawbone, a ‘bridge’ (consisting of 2 crowns and a pontic/fake tooth suspended between them) is placed over the implants, replacing all 3 missing teeth.

Multiple missing teeth can also be replaced with traditional bridges instead of implant bridges, but traditional bridges lack the stability and longevity provided by implant bridges. Also, traditional bridges take their support from surrounding teeth (requiring the surrounding teeth’s shaping and compromising their structural/functional integrity). This isn’t the case with implant bridges, as they receive their support from implants rather than the surrounding teeth.

Implant-Dentures (For Full Arch Missing Teeth Replacement)

Implant dentures are used in cases where all teeth are missing. Whether you have lost all teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, you can have implant dentures as they’re specifically designed for full arch and full mouth teeth replacement. In this procedure, multiple dental implants are surgically placed (with precise angulation) into the jaw being treated. The number of implants could be 4, 6, or 8, depending on the jawbone density and the level of support needed in the jawbone to support the denture. Once the implants integrate with the surrounding jaw, a ‘denture’ (series of 16 fake teeth) is attached to the implants, restoring the aesthetics and functionality of missing teeth.

Full arch teeth replacement can also be achieved by traditional dentures that are attached to the patient’s gums by means of adhesives. Hence, they are not as stable and long-lasting as implant dentures (which are ‘fixed’ fake teeth) that are attached to the patient’s gums by means of implants.

How Are The Above Teeth Replacement Options Affordable?

We’ve discussed all the possible affordable replacement options for missing teeth above, but you must be wondering how exactly these options are affordable. Let’s tell you how.

If you notice, there are 2 main components in each of the treatments we’ve discussed above: 

  1. An implant 
  2. A Prosthesis (fake teeth – crowns/bridges/dentures)

It’s the material (and hence the quality) of these 2 components that ultimately decides the cost of your treatment (along with other factors such as the cost of surgery, etc.). Let’s discuss how the quality of your implants and your prosthesis impacts your treatment cost, as well as the possible affordable material options for these two components.

Affordable Implant Materials

Implants take the place of your natural tooth roots, so they should be just as strong and healthy as your natural tooth roots. Otherwise, they won’t be able to hold your new teeth in place. This automatically means that the material of your implant is a great deciding factor for your treatment success. Therefore, the material should be strong enough to retain the implants and offer the best biocompatibility level to make sure that your implants last without complications.

There are different materials that offer these benefits, including Titanium and Zirconium. Both of these are durable and affordable, but are priced differently according to their different properties. You can discuss your budget with your surgeon and he’ll help you decide the best material according to your dental needs and affordability.

Affordable Prosthesis Materials

Similarly, the material of your prosthesis (artificial teeth – whether it’s a crown, bridge or denture) also influences your treatment costs. There are a lot of affordable material options for the prosthesis, including zirconium, acrylic, porcelain etc. Each of these options offer different aesthetic, functional and durability levels, and are priced accordingly. 

Just as you can discuss the implant material choice with your dentist, you have complete freedom to discuss the prosthesis material choice with your dentist, too. Your dentist will brief you on the benefits offered by different materials along with their pricing so you can select a material that best suits your preferences and budget.

Conclusion 

There are several affordable treatment options for replacing missing teeth, including implant-crowns, implant-bridges and implant-dentures. Each of these treatment options include implants and a prosthesis, and the material of the implants and prosthesis will further decide the affordability of the treatment. 

Need personalized advice on the best teeth replacement option for yourself? Get a FREE consultation with Buffalo Implant Clinic, a premium dental practice based in Buffalo, New York. Our team of expert implant surgeons will give you personalized suggestions based on your budget and specific dental needs so you can have an affordable dental transformation.

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