The cost of making teeth for dental implants is usually equal to or more than the actual implants in the bone.
This fact is commonly mistaken. It is of utmost importance to have the right type of teeth made on the implants.
For example, a whole upper jaw of missing is usually replaced with 6 – 9 dental implants even though there are usually 14 teeth. Those few implants can usually support 10 to 14 teeth.
When a ten to fourteen tooth bridge is made there are two basic materials, plastic resin or porcelain. The porcelain is the better choice and generally costs 35% more.
Plastic resin implant bridges are very common. The teeth are actually teeth for dentures. They greatly reduce cost because they are premade and not custom. They can look beautiful. This is one I did many years ago:
The problem with the plastic resin fixed bridges is that the teeth wear out, stain and break off routinely. They are not "permanent teeth" as some advertise on the radio. Expect to replace the teeth every 5 – 7 years.
This is one that did exactly that:
A fixed porcelain bridge is completely custom made. It is all gold alloy metal underneath the porcelain for strength. It rarely wears out and does not stain. It also maintains the vertical dimension of the face of the long term. This prevents the "aged" look.
Porcelain can chip or break…it is not indestructible. If you have a really strong bite, grind your teeth or have really short teeth, I may recommend a blend of materials. The outside part that shows is made in white porcelain, while the biting surface is made in metal.
Here is a picture of two implants restored in this fashion:
I agree, they are not pretty from this angle, but some people need this or they will break the implant teeth.
From the side view that is visible:
This is one part of your treatment that you really want to know the details.
The cost of the implant treatment is highly dependent on this. You don’t want corners to be cut by choosing the wrong material or worse yet, not even knowing what you got. Many times I hear patients say they got or are getting and implant "bridge" but it is actually an overdenture!!!
Please feel free to comment if you are uncertain about materials!
I have seen many patients that thought they were getting a deal. But like anything else: if it sounds too good to be true….