What is the Cost of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge can be used for patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dentist is able to “bridge” the gap created from the missing tooth with the use of a dental bridge. When dental bridge is used, a false tooth or pontic is secured by the abutment teeth on both sides. While pontics can be created from various materials, they are most often made from porcelain which material closely matches the natural color of the remaining teeth.

When a traditional bridge is used, it is supported by two crowns adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. Crowns are typically placed directly on top of the adjacent teeth. In order to accommodate the crown and bridge, the adjacent teeth must be ground down and adjusted. Within the past decade or two, implant-supported bridges are gaining momentum as a solution. These bridges also similar as they rest on two crowns. However, crowns for this type of bridge uses an implant post, rather than the natural teeth. This gives the dentist the ability to preserve the structure of the existing natural teeth.

Regardless of the type of bridge being used, the restoration undoubtedly provides the patient with improved function and aesthetics. Bridges also aid in improving the patient’s oral health. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between a bridge and the natural teeth with modern dental bridges are used.

Any patient who is missing one or more teeth can be a good dental bridge candidate. In cases where the patient is missing more than a few teeth, a fixed or removable partial denture may be a better solution. The foundation of a dental bridge relies on the surrounding teeth to be healthy, strong and free from any decay. If there are other issues, such as gum disease, this typically needs to be treated before a bridge can be placed.

While it can vary, the cost for bridge typically ranges from about $500 to $1,200 per tooth. When a bridge contains one pontic, it costs less than a bridge which contains two or three pontics. The following factors can also impact the cost of the bridge:

* Additional treatments: In some cases, additional treatments will be performed when the bridge is being placed. These additional procedures are not included in the cost of bridge.
* Dentist: the bridge may cost more if a dentist is performing the procedure who has advanced training and experience. The dentist may also charge more if they use a renowned ceramist or implant specialist.
* Fabrication process: Bridges are typically created in a dental lab. Some dentists, however, offer same-day crowns which are fabricated in the office. Because same-day restorations require the use or advanced digital technology, there will often be an increase cost associated with the procedure.
* Geographic location: As with most things, dental procedures may cost more in certain parts of the country. Patients who live in a large, urban city may pay more for a bridge than a patient living in a more rural area.
* Materials: When certain advanced materials are used, it can increase the cost of the bridge. Many patients are open to the additional cost as these materials are incredibly durable and natural in their appearance.
* Placement: When the bridge takes more time to place or is more advanced, it will typically cost more. For example, implant-supported bridges are more expensive than traditional crown-supported bridges.

Schedule a consultation with a dentist to determine the cost for a dental bridge. This also gives patients the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and expected outcome for the procedure.

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