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Dental Bridge Costs
There are a variety of reasons why you may end up losing a tooth. You may have a tooth or teeth knocked out on accident, a tooth may fall out or you may need to have a tooth pulled due to infection. Whatever the reason may be, you’ll want to make sure that the missing tooth is replaced. One of best replacement options is a dental bridge.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are dental appliances that help to bridge the gap caused by one of more missing teeth. They are comprised of abutments placed on healthy teeth, with a pontic (false tooth or teeth) that fills the gap.
Why a Bridge?
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may be self-conscious about the gap in your smile. Beyond cosmetic reasons, though, dental bridges are extremely important for the health of the gums, surrounding teeth, jawbone and your overall oral health. When you don’t have the gap filled between teeth, you leave yourself open to infections, tooth
migration and even the changing of the shape of your jawbone—changing the look of your face overall.
While there are other options that may be available—like tooth implants—if the jawbone is not able to sustain a tooth implant, then a bridge may be the best option.
What Is the Procedure of Having a Dental Bridge Placed Like?
Having a bridge placed is a pretty simple procedure that begins with speaking with your dentist about tooth replacement options either before a tooth extraction procedure, or during an emergency visit in which a tooth fell out or was damaged. The dentist will x-ray your mouth, and let you know what your options are.
Once the decision to place a bridge is made, the dentist will reshape the healthy teeth that are on either side of the gap, in order to place a crown (abutment). An impression is then made, and the bridge is constructed in a lab. Once the finished bridge arrives, your dentist will check to make sure the bridge fits properly, and matches the surrounding teeth. They will then secure the bridge in place.
How Much Does a Bridge Cost?
While bridges can often range between $700 to $1,500 per tooth, the price actually depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include:
- Insurance coverage.
- The material used for the bridge.
- How much preparation is required to install the bridge.
- The location of your dentist.
- Any additional procedures that may need to be completed (such as an extraction).
While the cost may seem high, the costs involved with not having the gap filled will more than likely be much higher. Keep in mind that tooth migration will likely occur—doing damage to healthy teeth. You also have an increased risk of gum disease, infection of healthy teeth and damage to the jawbone. Speak with your dentist about the cost of having a bridge installed, and see if a dental bridge is the best option to fill the gap between your teeth.
Dental Bridges are an amazing investment if they're right for you. Contact Iowa Dental Group Today to see if we can help bring health an happiness to your smile.
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