Going to take another shot at an answer because this is a difficult question to answer, since there are many variables that come into play.This time I’ve got some additional research!
According to research done by Implant Evolution, the cost of a single tooth implant ranges from $2,380 to $5,745, with an average cost of $3,420. However, other factors that may impact the total cost include the costs of associated or preoperative procedures, which may or may not be bundled into the total cost.
Associated procedures may include the initial consult and oral exam, dental x-rays, cone beam CT scan, and anesthesia or sedation. In addition, the geographic region in which you live can be a big factor in terms of cost.
If you are missing multiple teeth, more than one implant is required. In some cases the cost of a single implant can be multiplied by the number of implants and crowns needed to determine the approximate cost. There are also more comprehensive treatment options available, including All-On-Four, which may be more cost-efficient.
Similarly, there are many variables that affect the cost of dental bridges, including the number of teeth that you are missing, the materials used to create the bridge, and the difficulty of the placement.
You can find some answers in Implant Evolution’s recent research. The cost of a three-unit fixed bridge ranges from $3,700 to $6,900 with an average cost of $5,300. This price range assumes two implants, two abutments, and a three-tooth cemented porcelain bridge.
A full arch implant-supported bridge replacing 12-14 teeth can range from $16,000 to $26,000. Again, the total cost depends on the number of teeth you are missing and the number of implants required.
A fixed bridge secured to implants can replace multiple missing teeth and be less expensive than replacing each individual missing tooth with an implant. Learn more about bridges HERE( link to the implant bridge Procedure page)
A dental bridge is almost always the less expensive option, in part because getting a bridge doesn’t require surgery. At least it’s less expensive in terms of upfront costs, but unlike implants, a bridge probably isn’t a permanent solution and may need to be replaced periodically. It may cost you more in the long run if you get a bridge instead of implants.
In most cases, the up-front cost of a bridge is significantly less than implants. Consider that implants can last the rest of your life, while dental bridges may need to be replaced periodically.
If you can afford to make the investment, implants will almost always be cheaper in the long run, plus there are considerations that go beyond price, as implants have many advantages over bridges.
An implant dentist can do an exam, discuss with you all of the potential options, and make recommendations.