If you lose one or more of your natural teeth, an interesting option to replace them is the installation of a dental bridge. This option covers the space left by the loss of a tooth. A bridge is a popular, affordable, durable and low-risk way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
Although the price of a dental bridge is advantageous compared to a dental implant, it still remains quite high in France, Canada and the United States considering that several other teeth will be restored and thus have a very expensive estimate.
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The costs are calculated according to the « number of units » in a traditional bridge. So each abutment tooth and each replacement tooth being counted as a separate unit. For example, a traditional three-unit bridge consists of two abutment teeth on each side and a missing tooth in the center.
Prices in US $
|Metal/porcelain (PFM) bridge (3 units)||825 $||3300 $||3600 $|
|100 % porcelain (ceramic) bridge (3 units)||900 $||3900 $||4500 $|
|Zirconia bridge (3 units)||1050 $||5100 $||6000 $|
What influences the price of dental bridges
The costs of the procedure depend on several factors, including:
- Type of bridge
- Material used
- Number of units
- Place in mouth
- State of adjacent / anchor teeth
- Additional x-rays and imagery
- Level of experience of the dentist
What is a dental bridge?
The dental bridge is a cemented prosthesis that can only be removed by your dentist. It can be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth.
It is also anchored in position by crowns that cover the two natural teeth adjacent to an empty space of one or more missing teeth. These anchor teeth are called abutment teeth and must be rectified and reshaped so that the crowns fit perfectly.
The installation of a dental bridge is a very simple procedure to do for a dentist and is done in two visits to our office.
Some patients are not eligible for a traditional bridge, which rests on two healthy teeth. When there is only one tooth available to support a bridge, dentists often recommend a cantilever dental bridge.
The benefits of a dental bridge:
- Restores your smile
- Restores your ability to eat and speak
- Maintain good facial shapes so that your cheeks and lips are well supported
- Distributes the forces created by bites and mastics evenly, reducing unnecessary wear and tear on your natural teeth
- Prevents your natural teeth from moving
Material types for dental bridges
Bridges can be made from several different materials. The substructure is usually made of a precious metal alloy completely covered with porcelain (the outer layer that looks and feels like a real tooth). The other bridges are generally metal-free. They have a zirconium substructure (an extremely hard ceramic), which is then plated with a special type of porcelain.
Here are the materials for dental bridges:
- Gold, silver and metal alloy. They are the most durable and require as few modifications as possible to the patient’s natural teeth. The main disadvantage is that they do not look like normal teeth at all. They are most often used to replace the molars, because they are hidden and must resist wear.
- All in porcelain. They offer the most realistic look. Unfortunately, they are not as strong as metal and require more modification of the abutment teeth.
- Fused porcelain on metal (PFM): They combine the strength and durability of the metal base with the natural look of the porcelain outer shell. However, porcelain will gradually erode over time, which can produce a slightly gray smile.
- Zirconia: This high-end dental ceramic is the best of both worlds. Zirconia is almost as strong as a metal alloy, requires minimal alteration, can match the color of the patient’s teeth, and has a semi-translucent appearance, just like the enamel of a natural tooth.
Types of dental bridges
The type of bridge used depends on the location of the tooth, the condition of the adjacent teeth and your overall dental health. Your dentist will recommend the most appropriate choice for you.
- Traditional dental bridge: A traditional bridge is held in place by abutment teeth on each side of the empty space created by the missing tooth. These teeth are crowned and attached to the replacement pontic tooth.
- Cantilever bridge: This type is used when a patient has only natural teeth located on one side of the missing tooth. Tooth on the other side may be completely missing or may not be healthy enough or strong enough to support a bridge. This type should not be used for molars, as it puts a lot of pressure on the abutment tooth.
- Maryland bonded bridge: These bridges are supported by « wings » (instead of crowns) attached to the adjacent teeth. The wings are cemented in position on the rear surfaces of the adjacent teeth and can be adapted to the color. Minimal alteration is required and your dentist will only need to remove a very small amount of tooth from the back surface of these teeth to make room for the wings. Maryland bridges can only be used in certain circumstances and are not suitable for replacing molars, as they are subjected to high pressures.
- Dental implant bridges: These bridges are supported by dental implants that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. An implant bridge is the ideal solution if you do not have the number or the strength of the teeth necessary to support a bridge or if you prefer not to have your healthy teeth reshaped and crowned.
How long do dental bridge last?
You can expect a dental bridge to last ten to twenty years. A period of less than ten years would probably be a disappointment for you and probably a great hope if the crown lasts more than twenty years.
The longevity of a dental bridge depends on:
- Its exposure to stresses and wear (chewing and biting forces, trauma, gnashing of teeth)
- Your personal care to avoid dental plaque and thus last indefinitely