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If you have recently lost your tooth, you may be wondering what your options are to replace it. A missing tooth can create an unsightly gap, but it’s often more than a cosmetic problem. You could also experience pain when chewing, discomfort in your jaw, or other problems that are caused by a change in your bite. A dental bridge is one way to replacing missing teeth. Read more below to learn how much a dental bridge costs or contact us for more information.
How much do dental bridges cost?
The cost of your bridge will depend on the number of supporting teeth (abutments) and the number of missing teeth (pontics). You can expect to pay:
- Abutment: $850-1100 plus lab fee (approximately $300-400)
- Pontic: $400-500 plus lab fee (approximately $300-400)
Therefore, for a 3-unit bridge (two abutments and one pontic), you could expect to pay between $3500-4000.
A number of factors will affect how much your dental bridge costs, including:
- Where you live
- Number of teeth involved
- Qualification of the dentist
- Dental laboratory fees
- Whether you have dental insurance
Where you live cost factor
Each geographical region uses a different fee guide.
In Toronto, Ontario, most dentists will provide dental bridge services consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide. This Fee Guide is suggested, meaning that dentists can go above or below the suggested fee. However, dentists will generally follow the recommended fee for basic services to ensure fair and competitive treatment cost. Dental bridges, however, are not a basic service. They are a major restorative procedure and may have special consideration.
Qualifications of the dentist
Dental bridges by a prosthodontist costs more.
For most situations, a general dentist can competently make a dental bridge for you.
In some cases, a patient might need many bridges at once. Alternatively, many teeth are missing and the patient needs a full mouth reconstruction. These unique circumstances call for a dental specialist known as a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontists charge more. This is because dental specialists follow a special fee guide that reflects the difficulty of their work and additional training involved in achieving their specialty status.
Dental laboratory fees
Each dental lab charges a fee for dental lab work.
The dental laboratory is responsible for producing the physical bridge. Each dental lab is independently owned and each has their specialties in the type of dental appliances they make. The cost that the dental lab charges for making your bridge is the “Dental Laboratory Fee” (Lab Fee). This dental lab fee is a flow-through cost that your dentist passes along to you. Generally, the dental lab fee can range between $300-400 per abutment or pontic.
There are a variety of dental bridge materials to choose from, some are more expensive than others.
The four most common dental bridge types listed in order from most expensive to least expensive are: metal bridges, porcelain fused to metal bridges, all-ceramic bridges, and zirconia bridges.
- Metal bridges can be the most expensive if the lab uses precious metals such as gold, platinum or palladium. The advantage of metal bridges is that it is very durable and will not fracture. You may want a metal bridge in an area of high biting forces and where aesthetics are not a concern, such as molar teeth in the back of the mouth.
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) bridges involve a veneering layer of white porcelain over the surface of a metal coping. While the actual material cost is not as expensive as a full metal bridge because it requires less metal by comparison, the labor costs of making a PFM bridge are greater to layer porcelain in a way that looks natural. This is very time consuming. Therefore, PFM bridges can be as expensive, if not more expensive, than a regular metal bridge. PFM bridges are gradually going out of style because of newer all-ceramic and zirconia bridge options.
- All-ceramic bridges are cost effective to make because they are digitally constructed on a computer and milled by CAD-CAM machines from a single ceramic block or disk. The material cost of the ceramic block or disk is low, and these bridges can be made cost effectively. All-ceramic bridges are by far the least expensive and most aesthetic options to date.
- Zirconia bridges are the latest generation of all-ceramic bridge that has high strength and can sustain very high biting forces. It is generally favored in the molar areas.
Whether you have dental insurance
You will not have to pay as much out of pocket if you have dental insurance.
Having dental insurance will help cover a portion of the cost, if not all of the cost, of your bridge. Dental bridges are a major restorative procedure and may receive partial coverage. The amount of coverage will vary from plan to plan. Therefore, be sure to find out from your insurance carrier how much you are eligible for before going ahead with dental treatment.
If you have any further questions about the cost of dental bridges in Toronto, please contact us.
Dental Bridge in Toronto FAQ's
Dental bridges, also known as fixed dental prostheses, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The two teeth on either side of the gap that support the bridge are abutment teeth. The false tooth spanning the gap is a pontic tooth. The result is natural looking teeth.
The benefits of a dental bridge include:
- Improved smile,
- Better chewing function,
- Improved speaking function,
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position,
- Protect teeth that have root canal treatment, large fillings, or are already cracked and chipped and can benefit from the protection of dental bridge coverage,
- Great alternative to dental implants if you do not have enough bone, have a compromising medical condition, or are afraid of surgery,
- Cost effective,
- You do not have to take it one and off because it remains fixed,
- Fast treatment; takes 2 weeks to finish.
- Traditional bridges involve creating a bridge for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. Therefore, the pontic has a hanging, free end. This is not very common and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where high biting forces can damage the cantilever bridge.
- Maryland bridges (also called resin-bonded bridges) are like a traditional bridge design, except the abutment teeth are minimally shaved. Therefore, the supports that rest on the abutments look like thing veneering wings. The Maryland bridge is entirely held in by the strength of the dental adhesive.
In the first appointment, the dentist will shave down the abutment teeth to make space for the bridge. Local anaesthetic will always be given prior to preparing the teeth. Afterwards, the dentist will take a digital scan of your teeth so that the dental lab can make the bridge. Meanwhile, you will have a temporary bridge sitting on your teeth.
In the second appointment, the dentist removes the temporary bridge, cleans the teeth, and permanently cements the final bridge into place.
In between visits, it is important to take care of the temporary bridge until you receive the final bridge. Temporary bridges are not as strong as the final bridge, so avoid chewing hard or crunchy foods on it. The temporary cement is also weak, so also avoid sticky foods that may lift off the bridge. When you floss, floss down between the contacts. Remove the floss by pulling out through the side rather than pulling back up to avoid accidentally lifting off the temporary bridge.
If you choose a dental bridge, you must take extra care to clean the bridge properly and regularly. Ideally you should floss and brush after every meal. Not doing so can result in cavities around the bridge or gum disease. You can lose the bridge as a result. The most difficult area is under the pontic (fake tooth). Begin by passing floss under the pontic with either floss threaders or Superfloss. Wrap the floss around the real tooth. Slide it up and down to clean the tooth surface of any plaque or food trapping. Then slide the floss onto the next tooth and repeat the process. Water flossers like the Waterpik may also be helpful; these devices are like power washers for your teeth, shooting a fine jet of water at the targeted area to help remove debris.
Dental bridges can last five to fifteen years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, bridges can last you a lifetime.
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