The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge and complexity of the bridge required, the expertise of your dentist and the area of town in which the procedure is performed. Typically a dental bridge cost ranges from $900-1400 per tooth. Dental insurance will typically pay a percentage of the fee, usually half, depending on the individual dental plan.
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge (depending on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis. With proper care a dental bridges can last 5 to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
If you’re a new patient, there’s often an initial office visit ($65-$102) and X-rays ($85-$135). One must not forget that there are additional costs that contribute to the overall price involved in dental bridges, aside from the material and type of bridge chosen which are beyond the patient’s control. The cost above does not include the costs for any anchoring on either side of the bridge. So a 3 unit bridge could cost around $3,500 to $5,000. A large share of undervalued costs goes toward the treatment itself, lab and production costs for the bridge, aftercare and the like.
Dental care on a whole is often considered expensive. And depending upon the general wear and tear a bridge is exposed to and how well you keep your teeth free of plaque, it could last indefinitely. With somewhere between 10 and indefinitely, the investment becomes rather modest, if not inexpensive.
In the alternative, if the cost escalates, you might want to consider a single dental implant with a cost of around $4000 to $6000. The benefit on an implant over your lifetime could be less expensive than a bridge and is the more natural state of the art replacement of a missing tooth. If we can be of service or answer any of your questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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 The recommended standard of care for a single tooth missing is a single unit implant. However, there are limiting factors, including insurance coverage that come into play in the decision making process.
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