What Factors Affect the Implant Supported Bridge Cost?

Implant supported bridge cost

Implant-supported bridges are a relatively recent dental remedy for patients who require tooth replacement and a restoration of their oral environment that lasts decades. 

In this blog, we will present a comprehensive analysis of the myriad factors that determine the eventual implant-supported bridge cost. It must be mentioned that these factors are particularly variable, and they depend upon the individual’s unique situation. Let’s begin our evaluation.

What are Some Elements That Influence Cost?

As mentioned before, the elements that make up the whole of the cost of implant-supported bridges vary on a case-by-case basis. We have compiled, in a concise manner, some of the major factors that weigh in on the eventual bill.

Number of Implants

We begin with the fundamental price factor, the number of implants. When planning for implant-supported bridges, the number of dental implants varies widely based on the extent of tooth loss and the patient’s specific needs. For smaller bridges replacing two or three teeth, typically, two implants are used to support a three-unit bridge. The more implants are utilized in placing implant-supported bridges, the more the price increases. 

Each additional implant increases the surgical complexity and adds to the overall cost because it involves more calculations for precise placement and additional materials. 

Type and Material of The Implant

Titanium and Zirconia implants are most commonly used as implant material for placement. Due to a level of durability that offers the strength of integration with the jawbone through osseointegration (the ability of the bone to form a solid fusion with the implant on a deep, cellular level) and a biocompatibility that reduces the risk of rejection, contributing to the stable longevity of the implant, titanium offers the most benefits as a material.

The prosthetic teeth, made from acrylic, composite resin, or porcelain materials, also shape the cost. Acrylic, being the most affordable but less durable, will require more frequent replacements in the future. Composite resin offers a balance, being more durable than acrylic but less expensive than porcelain. Porcelain, the most expensive option (natural appearance and excellent wear resistance), is preferred for longevity.

Diagnostic and Preparatory Procedures

After a successful consultation, the dentist will ask you to undergo preparatory diagnostic procedures, which will include state-of-the-art technology such as X-rays and CBCT scans. Detailed impressions will be developed so that all perspectives and angles of your oral environment are mapped until perfect positions for implant placement are found. These techniques are accurate, practical and reliable; they can cut down the treatment time by months and have more diagnostic accuracy than humans.

Such technology, however, comes at a cost due to the upkeep and maintenance. Apart from that, the labor of skilled technicians who specialize in this machinery and general energy costs also influence the cost of diagnostic procedure fees. 

Surgical Complexity

Another factor that influences the implant supported bridge cost is the complexity of the surgery itself. Simple cases with sufficient bone density and no need for additional surgical interventions are less costly. In contrast, complex cases requiring extensive bone grafting, extractions, or multiple surgical stages increase the overall expense. 

The expertise and reputation of the oral surgeon or periodontist performing the procedure also influence the cost, as we will talk below, with highly experienced practitioners commanding higher fees.

Geographic Location

Geographic location plays a subtle but impactful role in the cost of implant-supported dentures. Dental procedures performed in urban areas or regions with a higher cost of living are usually more expensive than those in rural areas. 

A discrepancy of this magnitude may sound unjustified, but it’s due to the varying costs of living, operational expenses, and market demand across different locations where it exists.

Experience and Reputation of the Dentist

If the dentist that you have opted for is highly experienced, they will charge more for their services. Reputable dentists put their time and effort into continued education and advanced training; they stay updated with the latest technologies in the field, which is why many patients are willing to pay a premium for them.

Laboratory Fees

Laboratory fees are the cost of creating custom prosthetic components, such as the bridge; there is high variance in fees because of the quality of materials that are used, the craftsmanship of technicians in fabricating the prosthesis, and their combined labor. 

Dental labs that are a bit on the higher end employ skilled technicians who meticulously and carefully craft the bridge to match the patient’s bite and take care of the aesthetics. These techniques accrue costs for all kinds of implants, whether it’s an implant bridge or traditional implants. They might also use advanced materials and technology, such as CAD/CAM systems, which is another cost factor. 

Technology Used

3D imaging, computer-guided surgery, and X-rays are all technologies that require maintenance, thus increasing implant-supported bridge cost. 3D imaging provides detailed views of the patient’s oral structures in high-definition 3D digital models. 

Computer-guided surgery makes good use of these images to create a precise surgical guide, which the dentists will use during surgery.

Though these technologies reduce risks, they cost more due to the equipment’s expense and the training required to use it effectively. 

Post-Surgical Care and Follow-Up Visits

You will usually commit to post-surgical care and follow-up visits to secure the longevity of your implant-supported bridges. During the visit, a dentist will monitor the healing process of your implant (osseointegration and the like) and check whether the implants are integrating properly with the jawbone, as sometimes there could be issues like misalignment; they will also address any complications early on, so you can rest assured that any possible problems are dealt with. 

The cost of these appointments can add up on an incremental basis, as they often include adjustments, professional cleanings and sometimes more treatments to support the healing that stack up towards the cost. In-depth aftercare will give you longevity, success, and patient satisfaction, but it will also require additional time and resources from the dental team. 

Conclusion

In this blog, we discussed factors that impact implant-supported bridges’ cost. We considered elements from the dentists’ expertise to the complexity of prosthetic design. We also delved into various factors contributing to cost variation, such as post-surgical care, advanced technology, and individual patient health. 

If you’re considering an implant-supported bridge or are in need of a more personalized plan crafted around your situation, feel free to visit or contact us at the AZ Implant Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Schedule your consultation with us now!

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