I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
Cost is one of the first things people consider when researching dental treatment procedures. This is especially true for those who don't have adequate or relevant insurance coverage. Well, when it comes to dental bridges, you should know that (just like many other treatments) the specifics of your situation determine how much you will be charged. Here are some of those specific factors.
Number of Units
In this context, the unit refers to the number of locations or spaces that are missing teeth. This number is important because it determines the number of pontics or retainers that your bridges need. The pontic is the actual material that occupies the space vacated by the missing tooth while the retainer refers to the supporting material that encases the root of the tooth (artificial or natural). Therefore, the more units you have, the more pontics and retainers you will require; in fact, your fee will be an exact multiple of the number of units and cost of each unit.
Type of Dental Alloy
Dental bridges can be manufactured from different materials, each with its pros and cons. The common materials include metal, ceramic (porcelain), and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Within these major categories of materials, some subcategories also come with different prices. For example, gold is more expensive than other metals.
Fabrication Process Used
There are two main ways in which dental bridges can be fabricated; it can either be fabricated in a dental laboratory, or it can be fabricated in a dental office. The first option (dental laboratory) is the more common of the two, but it is a bit time-consuming. That is why some dentists offer a same-day fabrication option, which they do in their office. Expect to pay more for the same-day option; it is up to you to decide if the premium price is worth it.
Lastly, the dentist will also consider whether or not you need any additional treatments, and what these treatments are so that they can charge you accordingly. Getting additional treatments at the same time as the bridges make sense because it is much efficient to consolidate dental treatments in one consultation than to make multiple consultations. For example, you can get dental cleaning or teeth whitening treatment, and you will be charged for them separately from the dental bridge treatment.
This means it's not easy to know how much you will be charged until you consult your dentist. Talk to your family dentistry office about ways to manage the cost if that is your concern.