Missing teeth should be replaced for a wide variety of both health and aesthetic reasons. And, one way to arrange for the replacement is to have a dental bridge secured. Dental bridges are full restorations and you will need to make some choices as you work with your dentist on the type of device that you desire. Keep reading to learn about some of the things you need to consider.


There are four different types of bridges that you can choose from and each has its own specific cost structure associated with it. The typical or common bridge is called a cantilever bridge and is likely to cost as much as $5,000. This bridge has two pontic teeth that adhere the device to your natural teeth and one crown tooth that sits in the middle. 

If the cantilever bridge is too much for you, then you have the choice of picking a Maryland bridge. The bridge holds the crown tooth in place with the help of a framework that is typically made of stainless steel. While not as aesthetically pleasing, the device is about half as much as the cantilever bridge at about $2,500. 

If you want the most complete and natural looking bridge and the cost is not an issue for you, then you can opt for the implant supported device. Depending on the severity of your dental replacement and the number of teeth that are missing, you can expect to pay as much as $15,000. 

Oral Health

Your oral health must be taken into consideration by both you and your dentist when deciding on a bridge. Basically, if your teeth are prone to chips and cracks and if you already have extensive restorations or fillings, then you may not be able to receive a cantilever bridge. This bridge requires two healthy teeth to attach the pontic crowns to. 

If, on the other hand, you are young with healthy teeth and gums, then you may want to opt for the implant supported device. This requires minimal damage to the surrounding teeth and can be used to support two, three, or four teeth that are missing.

When it comes to the Maryland bridge, this is a good choice if you have multiple oral health issues, like gum disease. Since the bridge can often be removed, this can assist you with the cleaning of the gum tissues that sit underneath the replacement bridge tooth.

If you want to know more about bridges and the options that you have available to you, speak with dental bridge treatment services.