What is the Cost of Dental Bridge?

Losing a tooth or teeth can be anywhere from annoying to traumatic. Not only can it have an effect on your level of confidence, but a missing tooth or teeth can also affect the way you eat, speak and so much more.

Once a tooth or teeth are lost, pulled or knocked out, you’ll want to consider different tooth replacement options. You can’t simply leave the gap there. One of the most popular (and affordable) options for tooth or teeth replacement are dental bridges.

What a Dental Bridge Is

A dental bridge is a dental appliance that “bridges” the gap between one or more missing teeth. This is done by adding crowns/abutments to the healthy, surrounding teeth, that have an pontic (false teeth) that fill the gap.

Dental bridges can be made with a variety of different materials, including: metal, gold or silver, but they are most often made with porcelain.

Problems That Dental Bridges Solve

While you may initially think that bridges are simply for cosmetic reasons, there are actually a few different issues that these dental appliances help to solve. These include:

  • Tooth Migration
  • Jawbone Shrinkage
  • Changing of Facial Features
  • Problems with Bite
  • And More

Because of these different oral health concerns, you’ll want to consider bridges, or other tooth replacement options.

Costs of Bridges (and Why They Cost That Amount)

One of the biggest concerns that people have with dental bridges are their cost. While the cost of a dental bridge is actually relatively low, there are a variety of factors that affect the cost. If everything goes well with no complications, a bridge will often cost around $500-$1,200 per tooth. There are different factors that may come into play, though, that may affect the cost of the bridge.

Here are some of the different factors:

  • The Cost of the Materials: Some materials will cost more than others. Really, you are paying for the durability and aesthetic look when you are choosing more or less expensive materials. Keep in mind that more expensive materials will look more natural, and will generally last longer.
  • Insurance: Whether your dental insurance covers bridges—and how much your dental insurance covers—will vary from company to company, and plan to pan. You’ll wan to check with your insurance company to see how much of the cost they are wiling to cover…if any of the cost at all.
  • The Placement Process: While bridges are often pretty simple to install, there may be different issues that get in the way of your dentist installing your bridge quickly and easily. If this is the case, the cost may be higher.

Considering the Options

Whether the issue is cost or physical limitations, there are different reasons for choosing different tooth or teeth replacements. Speak with your dentist about what options are physically available to you, and then discuss which options are within the price range that you are able to spend.

Whatever the cost is, consider the long term cost from not having bridges installed. You’ll see that you save money in the long run.

Interested in learning more about dental bridges? Read more about how long you can expect your new bridge to last!

Ready to get started with journey towards optimal oral health? Contact Baer Dental Designs today and learn more about our dental bridge process with a consultation.