If you have lost a tooth, several teeth or all of them in one jaw or both, or have been told that tooth loss is imminent, learning as much as you can about replacing missing teeth before committing to a dental restoration treatment plan is important. That includes learning about the costs of those options – both the initial and long-term costs – in order to choose the method that you'll be most satisfied with in the years to come. So what are the costs of the various restoration options available in Singapore today, and which is likely to be most cost-effective over the long-run?
Traditional Fixed Dental Bridges Singapore
Fixed dental bridges are an option if you have a single tooth or several to replace. According to SingHealth, the initial cost of traditional fixed dental bridges to replace a single tooth varies from $650 to $1,800. Singapore dental patients who choose this option should be aware that dental bridges are not permanent solutions to tooth loss, so there will be additional costs over the long-run. Those costs will include replacement of bridgework every 7 to 10 years on average, which may cost roughly the same amount over again, and in many cases more, since these appliances depend on adjacent natural teeth for support and can make those supporting teeth more prone to damage and decay, leading to a need for more extensive dental work.
Removable Dentures Singapore
Removable dentures can replace a span of missing teeth – a partial denture – or all the teeth in one jaw or both – a full denture. According to the Singapore Ministry of Health, removable dentures can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,500. That will be a recurring cost, since dentures must be replaced every 5 years or so to retain an adequate fit, due to bone loss in the jaw and changes that occur over time in the size and shape of the gum ridge they rest upon. Additionally, denture wearers will incur costs for the specialized cleaning solutions and brushes needed for day-to-day maintenance of their removable dentures.
Dental Implants Singapore
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or a full arch of teeth in one jaw or both. Costs, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health, range from $800 to $6,000 per implant, with total costs depending upon the number and type of implants a patient needs, among other factors. Dental implants can be expected to last an average of 25 years, and with careful oral hygiene and regular dental care, can last a lifetime. Maintenance consists of standard daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings, just as you would care for natural teeth.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, Singapore patients need to know which option is best. That depends upon your particular circumstances to some extent, and must be carefully evaluated with the help of your dental care team. However, in terms of costs, while dental implants tend to cost more initially than other options, their longevity and simple, inexpensive daily maintenance often makes them the most cost-effective method of teeth replacement over the long-run.