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DENTAL BRIDGES GUIDE: TREATMENT PROCEDURE - TYPES - COST & MORE


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.

If you need a dental bridge, join smile.com.au before your treatment. smile.com.au is re-inventing dental cover so that everyone can have a healthy, confident smile. Join smile.com.au today for under $100 per year and get 15% to 40% off every dental treatment at quality approved dentists. Plus, there's no benefit limits, no waiting periods, no treatment exclusions and no claiming rebates.

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.

Dental Bridge Procedure

Dental Bridge Treatment

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 service Queensland
Regular patients pay

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

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service Australian Capital Territory
Regular patients pay

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

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Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service New South Wales
Regular patients pay

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

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Important Notes on Dental Fees

Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service Western Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575 Pin Retention - Per Pin $37 - $56 $31
578 x 4 Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner $188 - $308 $160
615 Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect $1,496 - $1,843 *** $1,340 ***
627 Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct $238 - $355 $202
643 Bridge 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 service Tasmania
Regular patients pay

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

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Important Notes on Dental Fees

Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service Northern Territory
Regular patients pay

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

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Important Notes on Dental Fees

Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service Victoria
Regular patients pay

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

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Important Notes on Dental Fees

Dental Bridges Costs Comparison

Item No. Dental service South Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
575 Pin Retention - Per Pin $36 - $50 $30
578 x 4 Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner $160 - $276 $136
615 Full Crown - Veneered - Indirect $1,592 - $1,912 *** $1,350 ***
627 Preliminary Restoration for Crown - Direct $223 - $327 $189
643 Bridge 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.


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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 your 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 Painful is Dental Bridge Treatment?

The procedure is not painful and discomfort is minimal. The procedure to prepare your teeth that will anchor the bridge is generally done using local anaesthetic. A temporary bridge is put in place and there is usually little pain afterwards.

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.

How Do I Clean My Dental Bridge?

Floss around your real tooth and the false teeth in your bridge to remove plaque. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to clean the tooth surface and the base of the tooth at your gums. Gently remove and dispose of your floss when you're done. Plaque can build up around the false teeth in your dental bridge, which can affect the health of your real teeth and cause gum disease and decay, so it's important to clean and care for your dental bridge just as you would care for your real teeth.

Can You Fix a Dental Bridge?

If the bridge is sound, it is possible for your dentist to fix your dental bridge. If the porcelain coating on the bridge is chipped or fractured, your dentist may be able to repair the coating. Unfortunately if your dentist believes that your dental bridge is no longer sound then you'll probably need a replacement.

Why is my Bridge Hurting?

If your dental bridge hurts there are several potential causes of such pain. It's important that you see your smile.com.au approved dentist about the pain, as only your dentist can diagnose the cause of the pain accurately. If your bridge is new, your bite may be too high. Alternatively, your dental bridge maybe loose, or there may be decay under the crown that supports the bridge.

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Is a Dental Bridge Better than a Dental Implant?

Dental bridges and implants are widely accepted and common solutions for missing teeth today. While dental bridges generally involve at least three crowns connected to fill the void of your missing teeth, an implant can replace a single tooth without affecting other teeth. For more information about the pros and cons of dental bridges and implants and a comparison of these treatments see our article on the Differences Between Dental Bridge and Dental Implants. Before getting treatment it's essential to consult your smile.com.au approved dentist, to get the treatment advice that's right for you.

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