The cost of a single fixed bridge varies based on factors such as;
- Region/location of the dentist
- Extent of work involved and additional procedures needed
- How many bridges you need
- Which type of bridges you need
- Materials used in the bridge
- Dental insurance
Region is a factor in that rural areas tend to have lower costs than big cities. However, rural areas might have fewer options available for you.
Traditional bridges require the most amount of work. Supporting (abutment) teeth need to be shaped to a great extent before crowns are installed. Resin bonded bridges require less labor, but your teeth must be healthy and strong.
If you need additional procedures prior to getting a bridge, these procedures can cost you. Possible dental procedures include fillings and root canals. These help solidify your abutment teeth.
The more bridges you need, the more expensive. Dental bridges can range from 500 to 3,000 dollars per false tooth. There are three types of dental bridges: traditional, resin bonded (Maryland), Cantilever. Each bridge has different requirements and call for varying amounts of work.
Dental bridges can be made from several materials, including gold, porcelain, and other metals. Depending on your needs and preferences, your dentist will help you select the materials best suited to you.
Dental insurance can cover a portion of the cost for a new dental bridge. Some policies cover half the cost, but you will have to consult with your insurance company to find out how much they will pay.
Discounts might be available through a dental school. If there is one in the area, this might be an avenue worth pursuing. Dental students are supervised by more experienced dentists, so you aren’t left to amateurs.
If your dental office offers financing through payment plans, this might help you fund your dental bridge over time. There are varying plans, some requiring a large down payment, with others accepting smaller payments over a period of time. Talk to your dentist to see what is available in his office.
Discount dental plans are also available through various agencies. A discount dental plan can save you 50 percent of the total cost of your dental bridge.
Third party flexible spending accounts are another option. These accounts are specifically designed to cover bills from medical treatment.