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Dental Bridges: Treatment & Costs

A missing tooth can make you feel shy and self-conscious. You can regain your confidence by restoring your smile with a dental bridge.

Dental bridges are ideal for filling gaps and creating a happy smile to enhance your natural beauty. If missing teeth have you feeling insecure, your smile.com.au approved dentist can offer a solution with affordable dental bridge treatment.

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What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is mounted onto existing teeth or implants and cemented into shape, bridging the gap to create a full and natural-looking smile.

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What are the Different Types of Dental Bridges Available?

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Traditional Bridges

The most commonly used type of bridge, traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. Here a crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the gap with a pontic, or imitation tooth, in between.

Cantilever Bridges

Used when there are adjacent teeth on one side only of the missing tooth or teeth, a cantilever bridge is best suited for use in the back of the mouth where it can’t place much force on other teeth and damage them.

Resin-Bonded Bridges or Maryland Bridges

Resin-bonded bridges, also known as Maryland bridges, are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings protruding from one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Am I Suitable for a Dental Bridge Treatment?

The treatment required to replace a missing tooth varies from patient to patient.

The suitability of a candidate for dental bridge treatment can depend on factors including:

  • Oral health diagnosis
  • Jawbone density
  • Personal preference.

Your smile.com.au approved dentist will assist in choosing the best solution for your individual case.

What is the Dental Bridge Treatment Procedure?

  • Your smile.com.au approved dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap for treatment, reshaping them to allow room for the bridge to be placed over them.
  • Impressions of your teeth will be made and sent to a dental lab to serve as a model for your dental bridge to ensure a proper fit and colour match.
  • Your smile.com.au approved dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime.
  • Once your new bridge arrives from the dental lab, you will be contacted to return to your smile.com.au approved dentist, where your new bridge will be checked and adjusted for a perfect fit.
  • You may be required to visit several times to check the fit and bite.
  • If your dental bridge is a fixed bridge, it may be put in place temporarily to ensure it is a proper fit and then cemented after this trial period.

It is normal to feel some tenderness or sensitivity for a few days after a dental bridge treatment. Call your smile.com.au approved dentist if you are experiencing pain or discomfort after more than a few days.

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What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridge treatment provides both cosmetic and health benefits including:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Improving ability to chew and speak
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing the force in your bite properly
  • Preventing remaining teeth from shifting positions.

If having teeth missing is affecting your ability to perform everyday functions or simply causing you to feel insecure, dental bridge treatment is a great solution.

How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

The cost of dental bridge treatment depends on your individual case. Factors including the type of dental bridge being used and where you are receiving treatment will affect the cost of your treatment.

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceQueensland
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$37 - $57$31
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$158 - $308$136
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,549 - $1,900 ***$1,400 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$200 - $360$170
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,177 - $1,719 ***$1,000 ***
Total Cost$3,121 - $4,344$2,737

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That's an estimated saving of $384 - $1,607!

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceAustralian Capital Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$36 - $54$30
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$165 - $276$140
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,650 - $1,720 ***$1,455 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$265 - $365$238
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,191 - $1,700 ***$1,020 ***
Total Cost$3,307 - $4,115$2,883

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That's an estimated saving of $424 - $1,232!

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNew South Wales
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$35 - $55$30
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$160 - $304$136
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,518 - $1,944 ***$1,380 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$218 - $375$189
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,200 - $1,725 ***$1,020 ***
Total Cost$3,131 - $4,403$2,755

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That's an estimated saving of $376 - $1,648!

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceWestern Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$37 - $56$31
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$188 - $308$160
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,496 - $1,843 ***$1,340 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$238 - $355$202
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,208 - $1,700 ***$1,020 ***
Total Cost$3,167 - $4,262$2,753

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceTasmania
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$38 - $55$31
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$174 - $228$120
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,695 - $1,880***$1,320 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$225- $330$183
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,219 - $1,690 ***$1,002 ***
Total Cost$3,351 - $4,183$2,656

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNorthern Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$32 - $35$35
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$192 - $248$248
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,625 - $1,700 ***$1,577 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$234 - $250$200
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,415 - $1,700 ***$1,200 ***
Total Cost$3,498 - $3,933$3,260

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That's an estimated saving of $238 - $673!

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceVictoria
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$40 - $57$34
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$180 - $312$164
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,590 - $1,945 ***$1,360 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$239 - $375$220
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,200 - $1,720 ***$1,020 ***
Total Cost$3,249 - $4,409$2,798

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceSouth Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575Pin Retention - Per Pin$36 - $50$30
578 x 4Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$160 - $276$136
615Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect$1,592 - $1,912 ***$1,350 ***
627Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct$223 - $327$189
643Bridge Pontic - Indirect - Per Pontic$1,123 - $1,513 ***$954 ***
Total Cost$3,134 - $4,078$2,659

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Important Notes on Dental Fees
Last Updated: 5 July 2016
Source: Australian Dental Association's (ADA) annual dental fee survey conducted in October 2015.
Regular Patients Pay: The fee non-members 'could be charged' when visiting a regular dentist.
Members Pay: Members pay no more than this fee (the fee may be less) when visiting an approved dentist.
* This Dental Fee Example is a guide only. Your personal situation should be discussed with your approved dentist.
** You may require fewer or additional dental services which may increase or decrease the total cost.
*** This fee will vary depending on the approved dentist visited & will be reduced by 15% off the practice fee.


How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last For?

Dental bridges generally last between 5-15 years. This varies from patient to patient and can depend on how well the bridge is looked after. With good oral care and regular check-ups, you can expect dental bridges to last over 10 years.

How Do I Look After My Dental Bridge?

Ensure the longevity of your dental bridge by practising good oral hygiene, including:

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Avoiding hard foods such as ice or hard candy
  • Visiting your Smile approved dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

By maintaining good oral health, you can assist in prolonging the life of your dental bridge.

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