Dental bridges are a common way to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge work helps improve smiles, instilling greater self-confidence, and aids with eating and with speaking. In a culture where people are increasing judged by their appearance, bridges can dramatically improve a smile flawed by missing teeth.
Installing a dental bridge may involve removing the deciduous root of a broken or decay tooth, after which the dentist will install a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being made. The dentist will ultimately create a tooth that matches those around it in terms of size and coloration to create a natural looking replacement for the tooth or teeth that were lost. Once properly fitted, these are then bonded to the adjacent teeth and may easily last for the rest of the patient’s life.
The entire process is generally low in pain or discomfort. Additionally, in most cases, it does not require a long office visit to have the procedure. It all does not require very long to recover from the procedure, although the patient may experience sensitivity to heat and cold at first.
Many insurance companies do not directly cover dental expenses, although numerous plans offer partial reimbursement with a cap ranging from $500 to $1,500 per calendar year for all procedures. Other insurance plans offer access to separate dental discount plans that offer lower fees at select dentists and dental practices. Few insurance or discount plans, if any, will cover the complete cost of bridge work.
The actual cost of a dental bridge varies widely, usually from between $500 to $2,500 per unit or tooth, depending on the dentist and other costs associated with the procedure. If a plan reimburses 80%, for example, then this could make a single-tooth bridge reasonably affordable; however, few plans offer that high level of coverage and many people require more than a single bridge. This does not include the cost of installing posts, if they are necessary to secure the bridge in place.
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