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Dental Bridge Cost

Updated on July 24, 2012

A dental bridge is a common form of tooth replacement. Different types of dental bridges are used depending on which design would best replace the missing teeth. Dental bridge cost concerns many patients since dental insurance may not cover the full amount. Another consideration with dental bridge cost is that the bridge may need to be replaced after several years.

The bridge consists of one or more false teeth with dental crowns that are cemented to the teeth on at least one side of the bridge. Once the natural teeth next to the missing teeth are prepared for the crowns, the bridge can be secured in place.

The cost of the bridge is related to the necessary structure of the bridge in order to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges cost more if they are used to replace several missing teeth than if there is only one false tooth. A bridge that has two artificial teeth may cost twice as much as a dental bridge with one false tooth.

Maryland bridges usually are cheaper than traditional dental bridges. A Maryland bridge to replace one missing tooth costs approximately fifteen hundred to two thousand dollars. They can cost up to three thousand five hundred dollars for those designed to replace two missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge to replace one tooth can cost as much as five or six thousand dollars.

Though many people think that a dental bridge is a permanent solution, many dental bridges need to be replaced in the first seven years. A common cause for the failure of a dental bridge is tooth decay. The patient needs to continue to care for the teeth that are supporting the bridge as well as following the dentist's instructions for the care of the bridge.

If the supporting teeth become weak from decay or other reasons like injury, the bridge will need to be replaced. The dentist may be able to save the weakened tooth with a new crown or the tooth may need to be extracted. A larger dental bridge to replace the teeth that used to support it will cost more than the initial bridge since it has more artificial teeth.

Dental implants may be used to secure a bridge if the remaining natural teeth may not be strong enough to support the bridge. A dental implant is surgically anchored in the jawbone. A crown is added to the top of the implant. Implants that are used to hold dental bridges in place can be topped with the crown that is attached to the bridge.

If a dental implant is necessary, it can add about one to three thousand dollars to the dental bridge price. Some dental insurance policies will pay half of the cost of the dental bridge. Because of the dental bridge cost, patients may need to use a flipper tooth or flexible partial denture as a temporary tooth replacement while saving money to get a dental bridge.

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