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How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

 
low cost3-Unit Maryland Bridge: $1,100-$2,300+average cost3-Unit Traditional Bridge: $1,500-$6,000+high cost4-Unit Traditional Bridge: $2,000-$12,000+
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A dental bridge is permanently fixed in place to span a gap created by at least one missing tooth. Most involve three to four teeth -- one or two false teeth to fill the gap, plus either crowns or metal wings that attach the false teeth to the anchor teeth (also called abutment teeth) on either side of the gap.

Typical costs:

  • A Maryland (or resin-bonded) bridge typically costs about $250-$550 for each wing and $600-$1,200 per false tooth, or a $1,100-$2,300 for one false tooth with two metal wings and $1,700-$3,500 with two false teeth. Maryland bridges require less shaving of the anchor teeth and with care typically last four to eight years.
  • Traditional or cantilever bridges are usually priced based on the number of teeth (units) involved; a three-unit bridge to fill the gap created by a single missing tooth uses one false tooth and two anchoring crowns. Depending on the materials[1] used (porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-metal or all-ceramic), traditional or cantilever bridges can cost $500-$3,000 or more per unit, or $1,500-$6,000 or more total for a three-unit bridge; but they average about $700-$1,500 per unit or $2,100-$4,500 for a three-unit bridge. A four-unit bridge (two false teeth, two anchor crowns) can cost $2,000-$12,000 or more. Traditional or cantilever bridges typically last five to 15 years.
  • Two to six dental implants topped with a partial or full-mouth bridge can cost $3,500-$30,000 or more, depending on number of implants, bridge size and materials, and any other needed procedures (like extractions, bone grafts or tissue grafts). CostHelper readers report paying $4,000-$16,000 for a three- or four-unit bridge attached to two implants, at an average cost of $8,486.
  • Dental insurance might cover up to 50% of the cost of a dental bridge, but many dental plans have an annual limit (typically $1,000-$2,000). For example, the University of Iowa offers its employees a Delta Dental[2] plan with a $25-$75 deductible and 50% coinsurance rate for dental bridges, with up to $1,000 covered per calendar year. However, most dental insurance policies either have a clause that specifically says the company will not pay for replacing a tooth that was missing before the coverage started or a clause saying the policy has to be in effect for a specific period of time (such as two years) before it covers these replacement procedures.
What should be included:
  • A traditional or cantilever bridge typically requires two appointments, plus follow-up visits to check bite and fit. At the first appointment, the dentist typically removes some of the enamel from the anchor teeth to make room for the crowns, makes an impression of the patient's teeth and then installs a temporary bridge. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which manufacturers the bridge. At the second appointment the dentist removes the temporary bridge and installs and adjusts the permanent bridge. WebMD.com provides an overview of dental bridges[3] .
  • A Maryland bridge also typically requires two appointments, plus any follow-up visits. In the first appointment the dentist prepares the area (including slightly grinding the back of the anchor teeth), makes an impression of the patient's teeth and installs a temporary bridge. At the second appointment the dentist installs the permanent bridge. An implant-supported bridge has several phases, starting with the installation of the implants. The process can take three months to a year or more, including healing time.
Discounts:
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has tips for finding low-cost dental care[4] .
  • Dental school clinics[5] offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
Shopping for a dental bridge:
  • WedMD lists things to consider when choosing a dentist[6] .
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists. Or search for local members of the American Dental Association[7] , the American College of Prosthodontists[8] (specialists in restoration work) or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry[9] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Someone please save me from killing myself
Amount: $50,000.00 total
Posted by: Ben Davies in Tooele, UT.Posted: June 20th, 2015 05:06PM
Number of Units/Teeth: have the on 4 3, missing all real teeth
I use to love my teeth (an all on 4 screwed in option that a wonderful doctor and Prosthodontist Dr. Kurt Metzler did years ago. But have since had other regular dentists destroy his good work with their greed and un-knowledge.
(Most dentists and lab techs don't have the slightest idea how teeth are suppose to be angled - leaving patients miserable.)
My question is, my current situation is so bad, I've come to the conclusion of suicide.
Where (I don't care what state it's in or Mexico) but WHERE can I find a decent full arch/screw retained dentist who isn't going to take me for a fool (cuz' I already have all abutments) and make 2 full arches for the absolute cheapest amount of money???
I will travel wherever I have to go to escape this hell. And, my only other requirement is that they can bring front teeth down way below gum-line.
I need somebody who's willing to EARN what we pay for.
PLEASE HELP...
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4 unit bridge w/two additonal crowns and single bridge
Amount: $17,000.00 total
Posted by: Wil Johnson in Bentonville, AR.Posted: May 26th, 2015 11:05PM
Dentist: Dr. AdamsType of Bridge: Trad. w/implants porcelain
Number of Units/Teeth: 7
Bridge looks great but top right big tooth caught bottom natural tooth on day 2 and was chipped-dentist shaved tooth smooth to remove chip and sent me on my way, and now 2 years later and 3 fillings latter to fix front side chipping of same tooth-the filling has failed again! Was told fillings would hold tight to porcelain bridge, but doesn't seem to be true. Filling fails with no pressure or impact, simply brushing bridge is sufficient to knock it loose??
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Fixed Dental Implant Bridge
Amount: $75,000.00 total
Posted by: Katie Kane in Augusta, KS.Posted: April 5th, 2015 04:04PM
Dentist: Dr. Paul MitschType of Bridge: Fixed Dental Implant Bridge
Number of Units/Teeth: 16
I have not had the work completed yet, but the quote I was give for 19 extractions, 16 implants and a fixed dental implant bridge (that would most likely need tweaked within 10-15 years, if not fully replaced) was between $50,000-$75,000, depending upon the materials used for the bridge (acrylic vs porcelain, and type of implants/metal used in final bridge). I have terrible genetics where it pertains to dental issues, and in addition...a hormonal imbalance that causes cyclical swelling, making the potential of wearing a regular denture...an impossibility. Does anyone have a reasonable suggestion on where I could go to have this work exceptionally well, and for A LOT less?
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bridge
Amount: $2,900.00 total
Posted by: a user in tarpon springs, FL.Posted: September 25th, 2014 07:09PM
Number of Units/Teeth: 3
I just had three unit bridge, one tooth pulled and root cana l, with sides anchors, I currently have temp, getting perm in six weeks, so far so good
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Don't just take your dentist's word re bridge
Amount: $3,700.00 total
Posted by: cj in Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: May 19th, 2014 01:05PM
Dentist: Jenny WangType of Bridge: porcelain/metal
Number of Units/Teeth: 4
Went in for cleaning. X-ray showed infected tooth. Tooth was pulled right then. While I was still in the chair, dentist told me I should have bridge put in, that I did not have to wait for socket to heal, that she should start bridge prep right then, did not tell me what total cost was until support teeth were ground down. That was 4 months ago. Am unhappy with bridge, twice had to return because dental cement had been left in gap over false tooth, causing pain. Now continue to have pain & have to return. I think bite is off; she didn't fit the bite properly to begin with. Also unhappy with quality (lab) of bridge construction -- bottoms of teeth are almost flat, and inner surface of one tooth crowds tongue.
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Dental Bridged 3 teeth need permanent completion
Amount: $3,300.00 total
Posted by: Sybil Owens in Silver Spring, MD.Posted: March 23rd, 2014 11:03AM
Dentist: Type of Bridge: 3 teeth partial
Number of Units/Teeth: 3
I need to get the work completed. Do you know of any dental office in d.c. that would finish my work for 500.00 I paid 900.00 out of pocket already. My balance is 1000.00. My insurance paid, I think 2500.00 I do not have a 1000.00 to get the work completed.
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Porcelain-Ceramic bridge
Amount: $3,219.00 total
Posted by: MJJJ in Spring Green, WI.Posted: February 10th, 2014 01:02PM
Dentist: Type of Bridge: porcelian pontic
Number of Units/Teeth: 3
$3219.00 for 3 pt bridge with 2 porcelain-ceramic anchor crowns with pontic. My two supplemental insurance policies picked up $2000.
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Full Permanent Bridges
Amount: $4,155.00 total
Posted by: desertlover in Juarez, Other.Posted: December 28th, 2013 11:12AM
Dentist: MexicanType of Bridge: Permanent
Number of Units/Teeth: full Upper and Lower
I just had 12 extractions and full, upper and lower permanent bridges put in and I couldn't be happier. No screws like implants. You have to have strong anchor teeth to qualify. Just like having your own teeth.
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Dental Bridge
Amount: $2,000.00 total
Posted by: Mark Harke in Chiang Mai, Other.Posted: June 29th, 2013 09:06AM
Dentist: Grace Dental ClinicType of Bridge: 3 stage metal
Number of Units/Teeth: 2 new teeth
I will have two bridges installed which include deep cleaning, x-rays and professional workmanship provided by the best dental clinic in the world. The highest technology is used. I have been to this dentist many times before. Each procedure for implants etc. is done by a specialist. The cost for the above procedure is around $2000. Stop getting ripped off by the American health establishment and visit a dentist that truly cares about you and the results.
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Cost for Bridge
Amount: $5,200.00 total
Posted by: Mad Dog in Locust Grove, GA.Posted: May 1st, 2013 12:05PM
Dentist: Dr. KingType of Bridge: Procelin
Number of Units/Teeth: 5
Just received a quote. $1,300/tooth. I have had my original bridge for 28 years and now I am experiencing some resorbtion. Dentist states that I do not have much bone left. I do not have any pain. I need to get a tooth pulled and gums built up.
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3 unit bridge
Amount: $900.00 total
Posted by: Andy Samy in BAKU, Other.Posted: April 18th, 2013 12:04AM
Dentist: Dr. MamedType of Bridge: Metal free zirconia fixed
Number of Units/Teeth: 3 units/ one false tooth
I got the regular fixed 3-unit bridge: a pontic, with metal free zirconia tooth and crowns on each side. Dentist billed me for bridge at $900
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Lowest cost dental work
Amount: $1,285.00 total
Posted by: LuzClarita in NYC, NY.Posted: March 9th, 2013 11:03AM
Dentist: Columbia PresbyterianType of Bridge: 2 partial dentures
Number of Units/Teeth: many
My partner had cleaning, crowns and a two partial dentures. He had to go to many appointments, the dentist is graduating in May but the supervision by faculty is excellent.
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Consider This!
Amount: $5,600.00 total
Posted by: D. Lindstrom in Huntsville, AL.Posted: January 15th, 2013 02:01PM
Dentist: Shall Remain NamelessType of Bridge: Partial Denture
Number of Units/Teeth: 6
Five years ago I had 4 lower front teeth pulled for a partial bridge/denture and the two on either side ground down for crowns to fit the whole aperture in my bottom arch. I am now 59 years old and naturally in the aging process one's gums recede. As did mine. On the two teeth ground down and fitted with crowns and holding the whole bridge in place. Come to find out, those two teeth with the recession of gum tissue beneath the crowns have so decayed below where any tooth enamel exists that I was told this year, I would lose that bridge as the teeth will simply fall out, having decayed to the point that the roots will not hold these crowned teeth. Who knew? And why wasn't this possibility (read probability) ever explained to me? I would have opted for implants then as that is what I'm up against now. I'm thinking of going for a lower arch denture with mini-implants IF my jaw can support this kind of implant. I hope.
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Maryland Bridge
Amount: $1,200.00 total
Posted by: Sick of dental work in Farmington, CT.Posted: December 27th, 2012 08:12AM
Dentist: Type of Bridge: Maryland
Number of Units/Teeth: 1
I had a Maryland Bridge cemented in on my front tooth in 1984. It lasted until 2011 and would still be there if the car door had not hit me square in the front tooth and knocked it out. Since then, has been recemented in 5 times and just won't stay. Dentists states I need a new bridge. I think he should figure out a way to keep this one in my head as 5800 bucks is too much money for ONE tooth. He claims will make it stronger by anchoring the metal wing to two teeth on either side instead of one. Never had an issue. He doesn't re etch the metal and that is my issue I think. Ugh..don't know what to do cause husband out of work and broke.
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Dental Bridge
Amount: $2,572.00 total
Posted by: D. Rice in St. Louis, MO.Posted: December 16th, 2012 03:12PM
Dentist: Type of Bridge: 3-unit bridge
Number of Units/Teeth: 2 units/2 missing teeth
I have a tooth missing on both sides of my mouth, #5 and #12 at the front. Last week (12/13/12) the dentist shaved down the teeth in front of and behind each missing tooth and I have temporary bridges in place now. On 12/28, I go back to get the permanent bridges and I'm hopeful that the lab put in "butt margins" so I won't have to deal with ugly black lines around my gums.
I'll start saving now because I know I may have to have these bridges either replaced or removed within 5 years.
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Dental Bridge Implants
Amount: $15,000.00 total
Posted by: Stephen Mart in Yelm, WA.Posted: October 25th, 2012 12:10PM
We spent $15,000 on 4 implants for my mother and the jaw pain never went away. I know they work for some people, but they don't for all no matter what you hear. So we had to have them removed and 6 months later she is still healing, and $15,000 OUT THE DOOR. Some peoples jaws don't do well with screws in them. Be aware some implants may last only 10 to 20 years, while longer in others. Implants based on my experience are either great, or just another expensive problem like us reeling from losing $15,000 on them.
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Dental Bridge/ Implants
Amount: $50,000.00 total
Posted by: a user in Tucson, AZ.Posted: June 21st, 2012 07:06AM
Dentist: Dr. WestType of Bridge: titanium
Number of Units/Teeth: 3
Every dentist I have had thinks they have the perfect fix, meaning whatever the previous one had done, needs to be redone. As it turns out, the new fix is just as flawed as the previous. I have been spending the last 15 years in the dentist chair. Once one problem is fixed and paid for, a new problem arises. I live paranoid, at the dentist's mercy because I work in Sales and missing teeth are not an option.
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Permanent Bridge
Amount: $15,000.00 total
Posted by: Cost is Painful Too in Clifton, NJ.Posted: May 2nd, 2012 12:05AM
Five years ago I had two bridges made for the top teeth. I paid $15,000 plus whatever my insurance covered. The fit was perfect when he cemented them in but I've always noticed that when chewing on my right side in the back, I could feel pressure in the front as though it wants to pop off. Last week I bit on a popcorn kernel and since then I feel pain when cold air or food hits my front tooth. I just hope that the entire bridge doesn't have to come out to make the repair.
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Crown Bridges
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Beck22 in Dayton, OH.Posted: March 12th, 2012 07:03AM
Dentist: O\\\\\\\'BrianType of Bridge:
Had tooth removed 20 years ago and decided no bridge and yes some lateral tooth movement but not noticable and I chew on left side more than right but I spent $0 and I had no other teeth to grind down and loss them later to decay or bridges to replace. Dentist are great salesman with only facts to scare you into treatments
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dental bridge
Amount: $900.00 total
Posted by: a user in CONCORD, NH.Posted: July 30th, 2011 07:07PM
I had a 3-unit bridge put in 30 years ago. One of the teeth under the bridge got decayed and I had to have it pulled this month. I now have 2 missing teeth and must decide on getting another bridge and gridding down another tooth or two implants. The cost of the implants 4,000 each the bridge 3400.00 but the problem is If I go with the bridge I will still have no tooth in the back of my mouth. If I go with the implant one of the spaces will need a bone graft build up. Or do both at cost of 7500.00. Undecided.
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Bridges
Amount: $4,500.00 total
Posted by: Anastazya in Phila., PA.Posted: May 16th, 2011 03:05PM
I have had most of my remaining 17 teeth root canaled & capped for 25 years. I did great, now there is decay under some of the crowns (being replaced and rebuilding stump). My bottom middle four are doing the same thing. Dentist wants to extract them and give me bridge as a fill in. I had two previous bridges which I loved, however, the root canal's developed infections and after dental surgery(apicoectomy) they still could not be saveed and off came the teeth and the bridges. I don't know if I want to go thru bone grafts etc for a implant. My generation did not have the advantages they do today. I also have a bottom partial. I know that a lot of this is genetics, but I have spent at least $30,000.00 plus in fees since I was 16 years old.
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cost of bridge and experience with implant
Amount: $1,000.00 total
Posted by: mieke in progreso, yucatan, Other.Posted: April 15th, 2011 08:04PM
Dentist: in Progreso MexicoType of Bridge:
to Jillian: i had a bad experience with an implant, after 5 year the crown broke off. today i had a root canal done for a tooth, costing me 800 pesos = 70 usd, in one week he is adding a post for 600 pesos = 50 usd, after that i will get a crown for 1500 pesos = 120 usd. he gave me a quote for 2 bridges: one upper left 5 unit bridge and one upper right 4 unit bridge total: 10,800 pesos a little less than 1000 usd. overal very good experience so far.
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Permanent Bridge
Amount: $6,000.00 total
Posted by: misquoted in Lafayette, LA.Posted: March 31st, 2011 02:03PM
Dentist: Dr. ChambersType of Bridge:
I was quoted a pre-approved insurance quote and a cost for four porcelain teeth on a fixed bridge. When I got my replacement, I was told because I grinded my teeth and my hard bite may crack the porcelain crown. However, I was told because the bridge was a unit, there was no price difference because the back anchor crown was titanium and not porcelain. I know there is a big difference.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.ada.org/sections/publicResources/pdfs/materials.pdf
  2.  www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/dental/student_plan.html#dentures
  3.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-bridges
  4.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/
  5.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
  6.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/finding-dentist
  7.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  8.  www.gotoapro.org/find-a-prosthodontist/
  9.  www.aacd.com/index.php?module=aacd.websiteforms&cmd=memberreferral
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