How much does a dental bridge cost? Average prices for each type of tooth bridge

Peter March

Written by Peter March DDS

When it comes to teeth, most people mind the gap. A dental bridge is a great way to cover it, but covering its cost is not so pleasant. The average price of this restoration is $2,500 for just one missing tooth.

This estimate does not include additional procedures, such as tooth extraction or professional cleaning. What is the total cost of a dental bridge near you?

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Dental bridge cost broken down

Traditional dental bridge

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The average price for a dental bridge replacing one tooth is $2,500. Costs range from $1,500 up to $16,000 across the US.

TYPE OF BRIDGEAVERAGE COSTCOST RANGE
Traditional$2,500$2,000-$5,000
Cantilever$2,500$2,000-$5,000
Maryland$1,750$1,500-$2,500
Implant-supported$5,500$4,000 -$16,000

The final charge depends on several factors.

The most important one is how many teeth are in the gap you want to fill. If you are looking to replace more than one tooth you should add about $1,300 for each pontic to your estimate.

Other aspects consist of the material used in each type of dental bridge and the location of the dental office.

Associated costs

Maryland dental bridge

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While thinking about the overall price of dental bridge, you should take into consideration associated procedures.

PROCEDUREAVERAGE COSTCOST RANGE
Oral exam$100$50-$200
Dental X-rays$35$25-$50
Tooth extraction$200$50-$500
Local anesthesia$90$40 -$150
Professional cleaning$100$70-$250

Note, that not everyone needs the same treatment. In each case, a dentist makes an individual decision.

Primarily, a dentist needs to evaluate whether the dental bridge is the best option for you. The teeth adjacent to the missing one have to be in great condition to provide enough support for the restoration. Any signs of decay or gum disease have to be taken care of first.

An X-ray may be necessary to make sure that everything is okay. The most common type needed for a dental bridge is a bitewing X-ray. It shows a small section of the lower and upper teeth, so the doctor can take a closer look at the area where the restoration will be placed.

In case when the tooth that is about to be replaced with the bridge is still in your mouth, it has to be extracted. This procedure must take place at least 2 weeks beforehand, so the soft tissue can heal.

To avoid any issues in the future, the permanent restoration needs to be placed on a perfectly sterile spot. Right before installing the bridge, the area underneath will be thoroughly cleaned.

To make this part just a formality, it’s best to have regular cleanings twice a year, even if you don’t plan on getting a dental bridge in the nearest future.

Will my insurance cover a dental bridge?

Implant bridge

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Since dental bridges are usually medically necessary, many insurance policies are willing to cover at least some of the cost. Oral exams and X-rays can count as preventative care, so they are likely to be fully covered. If tooth extraction before the dental bridge is necessary, you can count on 50% coverage.

Associated procedures really speed up reaching the yearly maximum, which means that for subsequent dental treatments you will have to pay out-of-pocket. An additional downside is the obligation to collect all the documentation necessary for the insurance provider.

The option we recommend is signing up for a dental plan. They work like memberships, there is a monthly or annual fee and you get discounts on absolutely all dental procedures. There are no yearly caps and no paperwork needs to be gathered. Discounts reach 60%. You can sign up for the plan regardless of whether you have insurance or not. If you do, the cost reduction will start once you max out your insurance yearly limit.

FAQ

Costs of both types of restoration vary greatly depending on many factors, such as materials or the location of the office. In general, dental bridges tend to be cheaper than implants, which prices start at $3,500. What’s more, most insurance providers are more likely to cover some costs of the bridges. On the other hand, implants are more durable, so you have to replace them less often.

Dental bridge placement is a complex procedure that includes other kinds of restorations. A traditional bridge consists of two crowns on the sides of the missing one. An implant-supported bridge requires surgery, which drives costs up. The main factors affecting the final price tag are the number of missing teeth, type of bridge, and materials used.

References

  1. Single-tooth replacement: bridge vs. implant-supported restoration - Europe PMC