What is the cost of a dental bridge?
Pretty much any adult with one to three teeth missing in a row would be a good candidate for a dental bridge, but bridges aren’t usually the right choice for people who are missing a greater number of teeth. Dental bridges rely on the teeth on either side of a missing tooth or short row of teeth, and when these teeth aren’t present, dental bridges can be supported by dental implants. This is a more complex procedure, however, and many patients choose dental bridges that are less invasive and less permanent. Because these temporary dental bridges depend on the support of the teeth, the natural teeth and oral tissues should be disease-free and structurally sound; your dentist will examine your oral cavity and address any issues that may be present, including gum disease, as part of your overall treatment.
When dental implants will be used as part of a dental bridge procedure, surgery is required. In order for implants to be successful, there must be an adequate amount of healthy bone present in the jaw; if there is not, additional surgeries may be required to replenish lost bone. Diagnostic procedures and surgical procedures will add to the overall cost of an implant bridge, though implant bridges can be strategically placed to maximize available healthy bone and potentially reduce the need for some of these additional procedures. In general, the cost of a dental bridge is based on the number of teeth that are being replaced, and the approximate cost of each replacement tooth can range from $500 to $500. Other factors that influence the cost of a dental bridge are the materials used to make the bridge; the complexity of the treatment; the technologies involved with the treatment; and the experience and location of the dentist chosen for the procedure.
Dental bridges that are made of zirconia or other premium material may cost more than other types of bridges, though these highly durable, lifelike alternatives to metal provide an unmatched aesthetic result. Clearly, the cost of placing an implant bridge will exceed the cost of placing a crown-supported restoration, though many people find that the longevity and other benefits of dental implants are worth the extra investment. In addition, dental bridges that rely on advanced digital technologies, like dental bridges made with same-day crowns, will cost more than those that are made off-site in a dental lab. When gum disease is present, additional procedures will be necessary to restore the gums and oral cavity to health before placing a dental bridge, and these costs must also be considered. Additional cost may accrue based on the geographic location of the dentist; dental care, especially cosmetic dental care, is generally more expensive in bigger cities than in rural areas. Dentists who are experts in their field may use more advanced materials and create highly lifelike results, but these dentists cost more than those with less experience; again, many patients consider this an investment in the appearance of their smile. Many dentists offer financing options for more expensive dental procedures, and it’s always worth it to talk to your dentist about your options and proceed fully informed as you decide on your own dental bridge solution.