Dental bridge prices range from $700 to $1500 per tooth, depending mainly on the need to perform additional procedures on adjacent teeth, tooth preparation for the procedure, bridge material and insurance coverage, states the Consumer Guide to Dentistry. Other relevant factors include the dentist’s location and their technique.
The type and material of the bridge vary considerably, based on the patient’s condition, coverage and a number of other factors. A bridge may consist of crowns on the teeth on both sides of the gap and one or more false teeth in the gap. The bridge may be made of a combination of materials, which typically include porcelain, or from a single high-strength material such as zirconia. The material depends strongly on the location of the bridge and whether the patient exhibits bruxism, a condition under which the patient repeatedly grinds and clenches teeth, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry notes.
Before the procedure begins, the dentist must confirm whether the patient’s teeth and gums are healthy enough. A dentist may have to strengthen the teeth on either side of the gap, after which he takes their impression so that the bridge can be fitted precisely. A lab technician uses this impression to create a permanent bridge; as this bridge can’t be ready immediately, the dentist places a temporary bridge and eventually replaces it with the permanent one, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains.