Dental Bridges : Prices / fees.

How much does a bridge cost?

The information found on this page should be able to help you develop a general idea of how much your dental bridge (fixed bridge) might cost. We provide pricing information for both tooth and implant supported conventional bridges and also Maryland bridges. Smile Makeovers that involve placing dental bridges.

There are a couple of factors that play a significant factor in the overall cost of a bridge. One of these is the the number of "units" involved (the number of teeth).

Another is the type of materials from which the bridge is made. Different metal alloys and bridge construction types offer different advantages, as well as a different cost.

1) "Conventional" dental bridge fees - Retainers and pontics.1,2

Single unit - Porcelain-fused-to-metal (precious metal).3
     $775.00 - $1350.00
Single unit - Porcelain-fused-to-metal (non-precious metal).3
     $740.00 - $1250.00
Single unit - Gold / All-metal - precious metal.4
     $730.00 - $1350.00
Single unit - All-metal - non-precious metal.4
     $660.00 - $1200.00
Single unit - All-ceramic.
     $810.00 - $1500.00
Range: < Small rural city or town. - Largest metropolitan areas. >

How did we come up with this estimate? / Cost estimates for other dental procedures.

How are dental bridge costs set?

Fees for dental bridges are calculated on a per "unit" basis. The term "unit" refers to a single tooth or tooth space over which the bridge spans.

As examples, one type of unit is the bridge "retainer." This refers to one of the supporting portions of a bridge (that part that encases and rests upon an underlying tooth or dental implant). The other type of bridge unit is the "pontic." This type of unit is an artificial tooth that occupies a missing tooth's space (a location where no underlying tooth or implant exists).

In terms of calculating the cost for a dental bridge, one simply needs to add up the number of units the bridge will involve and multiply this number by the per-unit fee. For example, a single missing tooth is typically replaced with a 3 unit bridge, two retainers (end units of the bridge that encase the existing teeth lying to either side of the missing tooth's space) and one pontic (the unit that replaces the missing tooth).

1) While possibly not identical, the fees charged by dentists for bridge retainers and pontics are typically very similar (both for tooth and implant supported bridges). For this reason, we have combined our information for these different classifications of bridge units into a single cost range estimate.

2) Per-unit fees are typically very similar for both tooth supported and dental implant supported bridges. However, there may be additional implant services required (abutment placement) and additional costs involved before a dental bridge can be fabricated.

3) Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental bridges can be constructed using any one of a number of different types of alloys. In general, these alloys are categorized as "non-precious" ("base" or "non-noble"), "semi-precious ("noble") or "precious" ("high noble"), depending on their composition.

"Precious" alloys contain a greater percentage of platinum, palladium and/or gold. Higher precious metal content alloys offer advantages both during the fabrication and crown-seating processes and for this reason are typically considered to be preferable. A decision against using a precious alloy is typically based on cost or limitations imposed by the patient's dental plan.

4) All-metal dental bridges are classified according to the type of alloy used to construct them. The classifications being "precious" ("high noble"), "semi-precious ("noble") or "non-precious" ("base" or "non-noble"), with precious alloys containing a higher percentage of noble metals such as gold, palladium and/or platinum. The color of these alloys can range from white (silver) to deep yellow. (You will simply need to ask your dentist what your finished bridge will look like.) As with porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges, precious alloys are typically considered to the preferred choice.

2) "Maryland" dental bridge fees.5

Single unit - Cast metal retainer.
     $300.00 - $600.00

Single unit - Porcelain-fused-to-metal pontic.
Refer to the porcelain-fused-to-metal pontic fee ranges shown above.

Like conventional dental bridges, fees for Maryland bridges are determined on a per-unit basis. When performing calculations, take note of the fact that the cost of Maryland retainers and pontics typically differ.

5) If a person's situation allows, a Maryland bridge can offer a conservative alternative to a conventional dental bridge. Maryland bridge retainers have thin metal arms that are bonded to the surface of the tooth on which they are placed. In general, these retainers require less tooth preparation (tooth reduction) than conventional bridge retainers do.

Overall, Maryland bridges are typically less expensive than their conventional counterparts. However, the longevity of Maryland bridges is typically shorter.

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