Dr. Dahman can use a bridge to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is usually three crowns used to bridge the gap of a missing tooth. Restorations using dental bridges are done right in the office, and in as little as two appointments.
If you are missing a tooth, a dental bridge can be a great solution.
One of the greatest risks of not replacing a missing tooth is bone loss. By replacing your missing tooth with a bridge, Dr. Dahman will lower your risk of developing gum disease in the area along with tooth decay and wear on neighboring teeth.
What to expect when getting a dental bridge
The first step in the dental bridge procedure is scheduling a normal dental appointment with Dr. Dahman where he will assess your needs and talk with you about your tooth replacement options. Dr. Dahman has done thousands of restorative dental treatments and will make sure your tooth restoration method is the most appropriate path for you.
Most dental bridges will be placed using the healthy teeth either side of a missing tooth. To prepare these teeth for for your dental bridge, Dr. Dahman will shape them. Doing this is not painful and only requires a local anesthetic.
He will then take impressions of these teeth to fabricate a dental bridge that fits perfectly and matches the color of your surrounding teeth. Dr. Dahman may fit you with a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being made.
When your permanent dental bridge is ready, your temporary bridge will be removed, and underlying teeth will be cleaned. Dr. Dahman will use a special dental cement to affix your dental bridge permanently in place.
With proper care, a dental bridge can lasts for decades.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on which and number of teeth being bridged. While there are always outliers, the average cost of our 3 unit dental bridges are around $4,715.
Will my dental insurance cover my dental bridge?
If you have great dental insurance, they may cover a percentage or certain dollar amount of your dental bridge. However, most dental bridges are classified by dental insurance companies as a "major service". This means that you likely have to hold your dental insurance for between 6-12 month before your dental insurance will cover your dental bridge. Most dental insurance policies also have what they call a “missing tooth clause” which says if your tooth was missing prior to having your dental insurance, they will not cover your restoration.
Because most dental insurance policies also have a $1,000-$2,000 annual maximums, we find people who rely on their dental insurances to help cover their dental bridge end up paying between $1,400 and $4,715 out of pocket after insurance.
How to save 30% on your dental bridge restoration
If you recently lost your dental insurance, or even if you have never had dental insurance, becoming a member of our dental savings plan can help you save big on your dental bridge. Patients with our Dental Savings Plan save an average of $1,414 on this treatment alone. If you’re in need of a dental bridge, and don't have dental insurance, our Dental Savings Plan is a great option. Unlike dental insurance, there is no waiting period and no limitations on the amount you can save.
Typical Cost for Uninsured Patients with our Dental Savings Plan
Average savings of $1,414
Typical Cost with Insurance
(plus the premiums you pay all year long)
Typical Cash Patient
Patients with our dental savings plan save an average of $1,766 on 3unit dental bridges. Your savings may vary based on treatment complexity.
Read more about how our dental savings plan can help you.
Do I need a dental bridge?
There are many benefits to consider before deciding on a dental bridge. In the end, a dental bridge will:
- restore your smile
- help you chew more easily
- Restore speech and help your pronunciation
- maintain the natural shape of your face
- restore your bite and help you to properly distribute force when chewing
- prevent your other teeth from shifting
Great Care. Great Smiles.
Take your next step towards a healthier smile.