Dental Bridge Cost – Houston
Prices and costs are changing across the Houston area. Dental bridge treatment seems to be getting more expensive, especially across many of the suburbs surrounding Houston. Many patients often think about what the cost of dental bridges will be in 2020. How will insurance coverage and plans help my family pay for such an expensive treatment? This is a very important question because it is important to get dental bridges for a variety of reasons. Moving forward to 2020, the average cost of dental bridges in Houston, TX is $4,000. Prices can range between $2,500-$15,000 depending on the dentist that is performing the procedure, the length of time the treatment takes, and the number of teeth that is being replaced.
Dental bridges are the backbone of dentistry. They have helped form the foundation of teeth replacement care for over 5 decades now. As dental implants have taken off, many have claimed that dental bridges have taken a backseat to permanent teeth replacement options. But there are still many instances where dental bridges are advantageous over implants. Below we will discuss the many benefits of dental bridges, and go over the some of the commonly asked questions that our patients ask us regarding bridges.
FACTORS DETERMINING DENTAL BRIDGE COSTS
Perhaps the number one determining factor when it comes to Bridge costs is the length of time is takes to complete the case, and how long the span of the dental bridge is. There are a variety of different mouths with their own complexities. The more complex and difficult the treatment, the longer the course of the treatment will take. Some cases are simpler than others depending on the number of teeth that have to be replaced, and how much of a change we need to make to the patient’s function and bite. A highly qualified and cosmetic dentist needs to study the case very carefully, as treatment planning is probably the most important step in getting your dental bridge treatment done properly. Choosing just any dentist may lead to a non-functional bite and open margins that can lead to a number of problems inside your mouth.
The type of material is bridge is made out of also is a factor in the costs. Porcelain and Gold Bridges will typically cost more than bridges that are made out of a noble metal.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about dental bridges
Does my dental insurance plan cover dental bridges?
Your dental insurance plan is certainly going to help you with the burden of the costs when it comes to getting your dental bridge. There are many plans out there when it comes to dental insurance. Some may cover only a portion of your bridge treatment while other may only cover all of it. Check with your dentist to see exactly what your plan covers, and what your out of pocket expenses will be. Many times, the prices that you pay alongside your insurance plan are much lower than what you would have to pay if you did not have the insurance to begin with.
Can Dental Bridges be whitened?
No they cannot. Dental bridges are typically made out of a Porcelain matrix that cannot be whitened. If you want your bridge to be whiter, you will need your dentist to completely replace the bridge for you.
Are Dental Bridges permanent?
Yes they are. They cannot be removed after they are cemented into place. A special dental cement is used and these are permanent replacement options for your missing teeth.
How long do Dental Bridges last?
This will ultimately depend on the quality of the dental work done inside your mouth and how well you take care of your dental bridge. Brushing and flossing will be critical to make sure your teeth under the bridge remain healthy and don’t cavitate.
Are Dental Bridges better than Implants?
In a perfect world, dental implants would be the ideal option to replace missing teeth. But there are many instances where a dental implant can’t be placed (small area, missing bone, etc), and dental bridges can help restore the missing area.
What are the different types of Dental Bridges?
- Traditional Dental Bridge – This type of bridge uses two adjacent teeth next to the space to serve as anchors or abutments to hold a false tooth in place. This false tooth is also known as a pontic. This is the most popular type of bridge, and is used by the majority dentists in and around Houston.
- Cantilever Bridge – This type of dental bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge, but the pontic (fake tooth) is supported by an anchor tooth on only one side, rather than on both sides. So if there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured. This types of bridges are a lot of times not recommended by to their high susceptibility of fracture.
- Maryland Bridge – These are bridges that help preserve adjacent tooth structure while giving you a permanent tooth replacement in the missing area.
- Implant Secured dental bridge – These bridges replace your missing teeth by the use of dental implants. The affordable option helps you save money as you do not have to place a dental implant in each and every area where you have missing teeth.
Call us today to learn more about the costs of Dental Bridges in the Houston area. We offer different payment plans, financing options, and monthly specials. You can also find our specials by following us on Facebook. We hope to see you soon!