Tooth Replacement Cost


Dr. Chal,
I have a Root Canal and cap on a front tooth. My dentist believes it is fractured and suggests an implant. The procedure takes about 4 months of healing before another cap can be "installed" and an upper plate will hold a tooth in place until that can happen. Is there any other way to fix the tooth, and how much would that cost?
- Susan

Susan,
There are two good options for replacing a front tooth. One is a dental implant, as your dentist has suggested. The other would be to place a dental bridge. Read the two pages linked here to see the advantages and disadvantages for each option.

If the teeth on either side of this front tooth are in good condition and don't already have crowns or large fillings, I would tend to agree with your dentist that the implant would be best. You do have that delay with the implant, though, so if that matters, you may want to lean toward the bridge. The implant needs healing time for the bone to grow back around it.

As far as the cost, the implant costs a little more but not a lot more. I would make the decision on the other factors. Long-term cost of the implant would be less because the maintenance is simpler and less risky.
- Dr. Chal

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