This is very hard to answer, but I can certainly help shed some light on the situation. It is hard because I haven't met you, I don't know what you want, I haven't seen your mouth and I have no idea about your financial situation.
Dentists train for many years and clearly understand the importance of treatment planning, so find a dentist you like and trust- have them run you through the best options for your mouth.
Now it is important to understand, that not every treatment may be available to you. This maybe a cost thing, tooth thing, dentist thing or just a preference thing.
First let me give you the overview I give my patients in terms of cost and the most appropriate circumstances for each of the options. Then in treatment planning missing teeth
we will break this down further into the sorts of questions you need to be considering to select the right treatment for you.
To give you a rough idea of the different costs…
Fixed options are much more expensive than removable options.
In order of cheapest to most expensive the treatments look like this:
- Acrylic denture cost (700A$- cheapest]
- Metal denture cost (1000A$)
- Valplast denture cost(1000A$)
see partial denture costs
- Implant cost (5000A$-most expensive).
The figures in brackets are a very rough ball-park figure of what it may cost to replace a single tooth. Check the 'costs page' of each of these procedures for more information, as there are many factors that can dramatically change the price.
For every extra tooth that you replace with a fixed option, you will increase the final cost considerably. For removable options, extra teeth will cost only marginally more.
Here are some generalizations before we get to the ‘nitty gritty’ in the next article.
A removable option is advisable if:
- You have multiple missing teeth (unless you are prepared to spend many thousands of dollars)
- You are likely to lose more teeth in the near future because fixed options would be more likely to need replacing
- You are still playing contact sports
A fixed option is advisable if:
- You have just had a tooth or teeth out (to allow healing).
- Your mouth is unlikely to change
- You want something that will stay in your mouth permanently
- You want the best aesthetics
- You only have a single missing tooth missing
- I advise an implant where possible if the teeth either side are healthy and relatively untouched.
- I advise a bridge if the teeth either side are heavily restored and full crowns would help to protect them.