Many people delay dental treatments such as gum contouring and dental bridges because they’re nervous about the process and the cost. In this article, we talk about what dental bridges are and why you might consider one, and what factors affect the cost.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge does exactly what any bridge does: it creates a surface that covers an empty space. Not everyone has a full set of natural teeth: teeth can be missing as a result of dental decay, illness, and accidental causes.
The space left by the missing teeth should be filled in, not only for appearance and function, but because leaving a gap could cause problems with the alignment of the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges are done by fitting a custom-made false tooth or teeth into the gap, and securing it in place with crowns that are placed over the healthy teeth on either side. The end result is a full set of teeth that look and function as well as healthy natural teeth.
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Are Dental Bridges Permanent?
Dental bridges are designed to be a long-term solution to a gap in your teeth. If they are well taken of, and if there are no unforeseen dental events, they can last for over ten years.
However, life happens to the best of us, and dental bridges can fail after a period of time. Factors that can lead to this include poor or insufficient dental care, nocturnal grinding of teeth, and changes to the healthy teeth that are supporting the bridge.
You should talk to your dentist if your bridge feels loose, if it’s chipped or cracked, or if you experience sensitivity while eating, drinking or brushing.
Not all dental bridge problems warrant a full replacement. Some issues can be fixed with tightening, adjustment, or a surface repair. However, if the bridge is broken, or a problem develops with one of the healthy anchoring teeth, you may need a replacement.
How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?
Because any dental procedure is tailored to the person receiving it, it is impossible to quote a price range for dental bridges. However, there are several factors that affect the cost. These include the following:
- The type of bridge: this is determined by whether there are healthy supporting teeth on both sides of the gap or on one side only.
- The size of the gap determines how many false teeth will make up the bridge – and therefore, what the bridge will cost.
- Condition of the supporting teeth: the teeth on either side of the gap need to be prepared for the placement of a crown, and if extra work needs to be done to ensure that they are in good condition, this will cost more.
As with any dental procedure, the complexity of the work usually comes with added cost.
It is important to note that although dental fees in Ontario are regulated, they are not covered by the provincial health care plan. If you have dental insurance, you will generally be able to make use of it for your dental bridges, although some insurance providers have a restriction on paying for dental work that is deemed to be cosmetic.
What If I Don’t Have The Money?
At The Art Of Dentistry, we understand that many people experience financial hardships that may result in a delay to them seeking dental care. Here are some ways we can help:
- We will work with you on your claim to your dental insurance provider, and we will accept payment directly from them. That means you will be claiming for exactly what you need, with no guesswork.
- We believe that dental care should be financially accessible to as many people as possible. We offer flexible finance terms that can be tailored to fit your budget and your circumstances.
- If the dental bridge is being done as part of a full dental treatment plan, we will work with you to determine a schedule of treatment that allows you to spread out the cost.
- In some cases, less expensive treatment options are possible. We will discuss these alternatives with you, and give you full details about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
How Do I Get Started?
If you are ready to get started with dental bridges, or if you have any questions about the procedure or the cost, give us a call. We will do a dental assessment and recommend treatment options that are right for you. Fill in our contact form or call us at 416-927-7677.